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 of their computing lessons. These units have been matched to our ‘COJO Curriculum’ scheme published by ‘Commando Joe’s’ so that cross curricular links are made to allow children to apply their computing and ICT skills to a wide range of situations and tasks.
Our computing curriculum is divided into two parts: Digital Literacy and Computer Science. 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.
The school has: a computing suite; a class PC; and access to two class sets of iPads, 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.
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.