At St Christopher’s we provide a high-quality computing education which prepares pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
ICT is taught by the pupil’s class teacher in Nursery to Year 6. Pupils in Reception to Year 6 are either taught in two 30 minute slots or a 1 hour lesson. We are an extremely well-resourced school in which each class has an interactive capability through an interactive Whiteboard. In addition to this, we have three IT laboratories containing 26 PCs each. Including a suite of Apple Macintosh PCs. The use of mobile technology is high on our agenda and we have portable class sets of laptops which connect wireless to the internet and can be used in class to enhance learning. Group sets of digital cameras, tablet devices and Kindles are also available to enhance learning experiences across all areas of the curriculum. Our teachers are all skilled users of IT and are always keen to learn more.
Our ICT curriculum in Nursery and Reception follows the Understanding the World guidance in the Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This involves children being able to select and use technology for various purposes.
At St Christopher’s, we believe strongly in the development of Information Technology (IT) as a means of preparing our pupils for a rapidly changing world in which technology plays a central part. Each year group follows a bespoke ICT curriculum based on the Rising Stars award winning Switched on Computing Scheme, which includes the computer science elements of the new National Curriculum 2014. We actively encourage our pupils to become responsible, independent IT users and endeavour to ensure our wider curriculum incorporates elements of computer technology.