Computing at JFS

In Computing at JFS we strive to develop, maintain and stimulate students’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the subject. We encourage students to have open, enquiring minds and equip them to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.

We enable students to become self-directed users of technology with the associated skills supporting life-long study, the pursuit of personal interests and prospective employment in a modern technological society. Enabling students to acquire appropriate, transferable computing skills, knowledge and understanding, we ensure that progression is a key feature. Through computing lessons, all students will have a basic level of capability, which can be applied to students’ learning in a specific area of the wider curriculum. Students should feel confident enough with their transferable skills that they are encouraged to use unfamiliar software.

Why Computing?

Computing contributes to developing successful learners by providing powerful tools for developing creativity, initiative and independent thinking. It enables students to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science. Students analyse problems in computational terms and have experience of writing programs to solve problems. Computing enables students to follow enquiries and solve problems, and enhances their skills in logical reasoning, questioning, analysis and research. Computing prepares students for a world driven by Technology.

Computing Facilities

The Computing department consists of four dedicated computer suites. Each of these suites is equipped with at least 26 computers. We ensure that students have access to colour and black and white laser printers, scanners, webcams and digital cameras.

Introduction to Computing

In Year 7 students are set a number of specific tasks which give them an introduction to a variety of different skills and software packages.

Students are introduced to the concept of computer programming and are taught to understand key algorithms that reflect computational thinking. Students use different programming languages to solve a variety of computational problems.

Students create a presentation which they have to adapt to meet both the needs of a child and adult audience. Students refine their research skills, understanding information bias and validity and go on to create an advertisement for a specific audience. 

Students are challenged to model a situation to answer a number of  ‘what-if’ questions and use data handling techniques to create information. Students are further challenged to devise a system to control a Pelican Crossing and test it in a virtual environment.

Computing develops students’ independent learning skills, their sense of self confidence, and provides a variety of ways for them to present and share their knowledge and ideas. The skills we teach support the student’s development in their work in all other curriculum subjects.