“What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.”
At Sacred Heart we see the Computing and ICT curriulum as a fundamental aspect of our children's education. The national curriculum for computing has four main aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
- Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
- Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
- Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
The school is equipped to provide the children with the access they require to technologies in this increasingly important area of the curriculum. Throughout school, children are able to access ipads and class desktop computers. Our ICT Vision and Strategy (see below) outlines plans to develop a media suite that will add desktops computers to be used with classes. This will further strengthen our commitment to the development of an area of the curriculum that we see as a life skill in the modern era.
All of the computer hardware is networked to a main server, the main hall is also equipped with a computer, large screen projector and PA system for assemblies, presentations and performances. Subscriptions to a number of websites such as Mathletics and Times Tables Rock Stars allow pupils to access a wide range of learning materials wherever they may be.
Technology is used throughout the curriculum. As well as a discrete Computing lesson each week where pupils learn skills such as coding and computer game design, pupils are introduced to the wide range of opportunities technology can present in many other aspects of the curriculum. This discrete teaching is delivered in partnership with Junior Jam who provide professional teaching in Computing and support our teaching staff to encourage children to be able to express themselves and develop their own ideas though using the latest apps.