At St Jêrome Bilingual School, we aim to deliver a high-quality Computing curriculum for all children. We embrace current and emerging technologies to facilitate learning in all areas across the whole school community.
We aim to equip children with the skills and knowledge they need to use technology safely, responsibly and creatively, in the home and beyond. We aim to encourage computational thinking and creativity in their use of technology for learning, collaboration, and fun! In a technologically-driven world, we must give our children the knowledge and skills to succeed in life. Technology not only supports learning, but can transform and enhance it, giving children opportunities to access and delve deeper into a wide variety of experiences. Through well trained, skilled and motivated staff, as well as parental and external support, we encourage children to develop initiative, independent learning skills and celebrate success. All stakeholders model how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly
The intent of Computing at St Jérôme is to ensure all children leave school with the skills and knowledge to navigate a world where technology is used everywhere! We want our children to move from being merely consumers of information to creators of content. We want our children to move from using technology to understanding and innovating with technology. We invest in computer science resources and digital technology in all yeargroups in order to enhance each child’s capabilities and encourage them to take ownership of their learning. Digital tools (such as Macbooks, iPads, and interactive whiteboards) are lessons on a daily basis helping maximise opportunities for communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. Digital resources (such as Google Classroom, Bug Club, LanguageNut) are important aspects of the schools’ extra-curricular activities. (Any child expriencing difficulties with access to these digital resources should contact the school immediately).
Computing is also taught as a subject throughout the school.
Our computing curriculum has 3 important strands:
- Computer Science
Children are taught the principles of logic and computational thinking, and are given opportunities to apply this understanding through programming in a range of languages. This builds resilience as we support our children develop their problem solving skills.
- Information technology
Children evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems. Children develop the skills to become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
- Digital Literacy
Children are supported as they become digitally literate; learning to apply essential foundational skills in order to use creativity in open-ended challenges, and express their own ideas to become creators of their own high-quality digital content. We aim for our children to be equipped to use technology to create programs, systems and a range of content, and to become digitally literate, at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
At all times, the underlying foundation of our learning with technology is keeping safe online. It is vitally important to us that children understand how to protect their online identities, how to be critical of online content and that they are able to report issues and seek help when this is needed.
As the children at our school are growing up to enter a world where technology that has not yet been invented will become commonplace and where the opportunities available to children through technology will continue to grow, St Jérôme Bilingual School is equipping its children with the resilience and transferable digital skills that will prepare them for the future.