How computing is implemented at St. Joseph's.
At St. Joseph’s, computing is taught using a blocked unit approach. This ensures that children are able to develop depth in their knowledge and skills over the duration of each of their computing topics.
Teachers use the ‘North Tyneside Computing Planning’ scheme, published by ‘Teach ICT NT’ to inform the planning and delivery of their computing lessons. These units involve real world based learning to enable them to understand how what they learn in the classroom applies to real world circumstances.
Our computing curriculum is divided into three parts: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. At the core of computing, is computer science, in which children are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.Children are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of how computers work, while giving them practical experience of building, coding and debugging algorithms. This is accessed through our wide use of technologies, including - Raspberry Pi, Lego, Bee-bots and a variety of software.
School has a range of technology available for the children to develop their computing knowledge, skills and experience including: laptops, access to two class sets of iPads, and class based Lego Education kits ensuring that children can use computers for a range of purposes and that it’s used across the wider curriculum, as well as in discreet computing lessons.