Computing

Computing and Information Communication Technology (ICT)

The development of Computing at St John’s is very exciting at the moment, with a wide range of hardware and software available to our children. Through clearly designated Computing lessons as well as by integrating the use of ICT within other areas of the curriculum, we aim to provide opportunities for all children to:

  • enjoy and use ICT, tackling all applications with confidence and a sense of achievement
  • develop practical skills in the use of ICT and the ability to apply these skills in solving relevant and challenging problems
  • use ICT to communicate and handle information, to design, develop, explore and evaluate models of real or imaginary situations and to measure and control physical variables and movement
  • explore and understand the potential and limitations of ICT and the implications and consequences of its use for society and the individual
  • develop their ability to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding of ICT and its potential, in a range of situations, to support their learning across the curriculum

From Foundation Stage through to Year 6, children at St John’s have lessons in e-Safety, which we feel is essential in order to keep children safe online and in promoting a lifelong responsible approach to using a wide range of new technologies.

Children in Foundation Stage have opportunities to learn about programmable technology through playing with remote controlled and programmable toys and vehicles. This is developed further throughout KS1 with pupils learning by using ‘Beebots’, and into KS2 whereby children use computer programs to control characters/objects within a game or activity.

Using ICT for communication is regarded very highly at St John’s and we have a wide range of communication devices, ranging from talking tins and mini-mobile phones, to USB microphones, digital cameras and video cameras.

We are very excited to have now taken occupancy of a brand new ICT suite, ensuring a whole class at a time can use a computer each. This, allied with the portability of class sets of laptop computers and the introduction of a number of iPads, allows the children to experience a wide range of computing devices across a number of operating systems.