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Computing at St Joseph's

The new curriculum puts a clear emphasis on three areas of learning:

  • Computer science - how computers work and how to write algorithms and solve problems to eventually create a computer program.
  • Information technology - how data is represented and managed on computers.
  • Digital literacy - how to understand digital information and interact with it safely and appropriately.

At St Joseph's we support this by equipping the children with the skills and knowledge to not only use digital technologies creatively, confidently and effectively but also safely and responsibly as 21 century citizens. We teach computing using the Rising Stars: Switched on Computing scheme of work -  an award winning set of resources which embeds all the skills and objectives outlined in the National Curriculum. This is further supported with additional units in PSHE on e-safety and cross-curricular links where possible, giving children the opportunity to practise and enhance their digital skills further.

The main skill areas children will meet (which progress in difficulty from Reception through to Year 6) are:

  • Programming
  • Computational thinking
  • Creativity
  • Computer networks
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Productivity
  • Online safety

Please also visit our Policy page to view the following policies:

  • Acceptable Use of ICT

  • Computing Policy

  • e-safety Policy

At the heart of our curriculum is “Digital Literacy”. Through digital literacy, your children will be taught the importance of using technologies safely, appropriately and responsibly. The documents attached or linked (at the bottom of the page) will help you support your children in reinforcing this at home. In addition to the links, please also see some guidance surrounding popular social media and online games or platforms.