SCIENCE 

At St. John’s RC we aim to develop:

 

• The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.

• Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.

• Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.

• High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.

• The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.

• A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies

Science

Computing

 

At St. John’s ICT and computing are a big part of our learning. With constantly changing technologies and exciting learning possibilities we are lucky to be able to use interactive whiteboards and iPads in our classrooms.

We have a great ICT curriculum which covers all areas of ICT from research and internet use to coding and programming. We are very conscious of e-safety at St John’s and all children are taught about the importance of this in every year group. We have e-safety assemblies and our school council have attended meetings with the Manchester Healthy Schools trust to talk about our e-safety policy and its importance.

 

Key Stage 1 Pupils should be taught to:

  • understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions 
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  • create and debug simple programs 
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  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
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  •  use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content 
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  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school 
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  • Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

Key stage 2 Pupils should be taught to:

  • design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts 
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  •  use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output 
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  •  use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs 
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  •  understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration 
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  •  use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content 
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  •  select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information 
  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact

 


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