Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School

Live, Love, Learn. Together we will soar to new heights

Brunswick Street, St. Helens, Merseyside WA9 2JE

01744 678670

holyspirit@sthelens.org.uk

COMPUTING

 

INTENT

At Holy Spirit, we offer a structured sequence of lessons, helping teachers to ensure that they have covered theskills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The content allows for a broad, deep understanding of computing and how it links to children's lives. It offers a range of opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety. This allows children to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science. They develop analytical problem-solving skills and learn to evaluate and apply information technology. It also enables them to become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information technology. Our pupils are engaged with technology in a wide variety of ways. Alongside using the internet for education purposes, they play games, socialise and access social media. In school we endeavour to provide the skills to navigate the online world safely.  We deliver frequent online safety sessions and weave its messages throughout our whole curriculum. Our aim is to provide a high-quality computing education which equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand the world of computing safely. Our curriculum teaches children key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Children will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether they include computers or not. By the time they leave Holy Spirit, our intent is that children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully). The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the key stages, ensuring a solid grounding for future learning and beyond.

IMPLEMENTATION

Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching Computing, we equip children to participate in a rapidly changing world, where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. At Holy Spirit, each lesson contains revision, analysis and problem-solving. Through the sequence of lessons, weintend to inspire pupils to develop a love of the digital world, see its place in their future and give teachers confidence. Cross-curricular links are also important in supporting other areas of learning. We use a recognized scheme of work and the lesson plans and resources help children to build on prior knowledge at the same time as introducing new skills and challenges.

 IMPACT

Our approach to the curriculum results in a fun, engaging, and high-quality computing education. The children at Holy Spirit, will leave equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly – safely.  The biggest impact we want on our children is that they understand the consequences of using the internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online. As children become more confident in their abilities in Computing, they will become confident users of technology, able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school. They will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving. Ultimately, the children will be able to apply the British values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty when using digital systems.

Computing curriculum statement

E-Safey Information and Learning

Here at Holy Spirit we take e-safety very seriously and as such we have included some informative websites you can visit for advice on e-safety for children. A lot of our pupils today are engaged with technology in a wide variety of ways. As well as using the internet for education, they also play games, socialise and invest a lot of their personality in social  media and the ever changing place that is the online world.

Your child is likely to use technology in school and at home. In school we endeavour to provide the skills to navigate the online world safely.  We deliver frequent online safety sessions and weave its messages throughout our whole curriculum. 

You too can help keep your child safe online by applying parental controls. Parental controls are the names for a group of settings that put you in control of what content your child can see. Combined with privacy settings these can help you protect your children from the things they shouldn’t see or experience online.  Open the links below to find out more...

https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/

https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/6-10/

  https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/11-13/

 

Computing and ICT

Through teaching Computing and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) we aim to equip our children to participate in a rapidly-changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. We enable them to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We  focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a successful and effective way. We believe the use of ICT skills is a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners.

Each year group from Nursery through to Year 6 have discreet skills based ICT lessons in their classrooms. Children also have the opportunity to use their ICT skills and knowledge across the curriculum. Each of our classrooms from Nursery to Year 6 is equipped with an Interactive Whiteboard, access to laptops and iPads.