“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.”
John Dewey philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer
At St John's we recognise that Computing is an integral part of our everyday life and will play an immeasurable part in our children’s futures. We will provide all of our children with the skills, creativity and enthusiasm to live and thrive in a world increasingly dependent on computing. As computing technology underpins today’s modern lifestyle it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and ability that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world.
How Computing is Taught
Underpinning all Computing work at St John's are the vital messages around being safe in our online world. In KS1 we follow Project Evolve, which adopts the UK Council for Internet Safety's Education for a Connected World principles. In KS2 we follow Google's Be Internet Legends scheme, which teaches children five key rules to staying safe online.
The rest of the computing curriculum is taught in a two year cycle. Each year, children will experience units on manipulating media, handling data, understanding the internet and networking and improving their computing and internet skills. Alongside this, children will also be taught the skills of coding every year. We do this both through coding software to manipulate objects on screen but also through practical coding. This begins in Reception with the use of bee-bots, progresses to blue-bots in KS1 and then onto inno-bots in lower KS2, this progression allows the children to already have an understanding of the hardware they are using while increasingly adding complexity to their coding experience. Finally in upper KS2 children will use spheros to write complex programs that allow the spheros to perform a number of operations.
Alongside the coding hardware listed above, we also have sixty laptops and forty five ipads available to be used in classrooms acrosss the school to deliver the computing curriculum. As a school we also use Google Classrooms for the setting and returning of homework from Year 1 onwards.