Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world.
At St Barnabas and St Paul’s we have implemented the new national curriculum for computing to develop and equip our children with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives.
Through our new programme of study for computing, they will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.
When pupils at St Barnabas and St Paul’s leave us to go onto high school they will be able to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. They will also be able to analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems, and will be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Computing at St Barnabas and St Paul’s is very much a central part of our curriculum. Discrete Computing lessons are taught once a week throughout the school, as well as being embedded within our Creative Curriculum topics.
The development of Computing is continuously ongoing within the school with the introduction of new hardware and software packages such as: banks of laptops, class Ipads, multi-touch interactive class room boards, class VR headsets etc.