What makes a good Computing student at Sacred Heart
A creative approach to technology and a willingness to approach problems critically with the application of computational thinking skills. An independent learner willing to tinker with devices to find out more. A confidence using the latest technology and an ability to find, organise, store, interpret, exchange and present information. A collaborative approach to learning with the knowledge of how to use technology to communicate effectively online. Knowledge of how to practice online safety.
At Sacred Heart all pupils will be delivered a high quality computing education that equips them with the ability to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. In order to be ready for, and have the skills to fully participate in the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world, the children will become digitally literate as they will be able to express themselves and develop their ideas through the use of information technology whilst also having full awareness of how to be safe online in a responsible, confident and creative way.
To enable our children to be ICT ready, they will be able to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms, and data representation. Alongside this, they will be competent at analysing patterns in computational terms through having repeated practical experience of writing computer programmes. To develop their ideas and ability to analyse and solve problems the children will also be able to evaluate and apply both familiar and new/unfamiliar technologies with confidence and with enthusiasm.
We are fortunate to have Mr Moffatt from MGL work alongside our teachers to deliver the KS1 and 2 curriculum. He provides challenging computing activities and different resources children can access to extend their learning.
Pupils learn how the technology in our world is controlled through instructions and how computers need these programs to work. Pupils will learn how to write these programs using visual programming and simple text based languages.
Pupils learn how to use a range of creative tools to support learning across different subject areas, using multimedia, word-processing, digital imagery, manipulating sound and video. They learn how to collect, sort and manipulate data to answer questions.
Pupils learn about how to become good digital citizens they build their knowledge on how communication tools and the internet works whilst understanding the importance of keeping safe. At Sacred Heart we follow the e-Cadets program of study for Digital Literacy.
Here you can find some resources related to the Computing subject.
National Curriculum information:
Useful Computing Links:
A collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around:
An online magazine where you can explore how computer science is about people, solving puzzles, creativity, changing the future and, most of all, having fun:
A network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. Code Club is looking for enthusiastic programmers to run after school clubs in their local areas. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Code Club directly: