St Marie’s Catholic Primary School Curriculum Guide - COMPUTING
“Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you want to pursue a career in the 21st Century, basic computer skills are important to learn.” Stephen Hawking.
We are working as computer scientists.
At St. Marie’s we aim to prepare our learners for their future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever changing digital world. knowledge and understanding of computing is of increasing importance for children’s future both at home and for employment. Our Computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in digital literacy, computer science, information technology and online safety to ensure that children become competent in safely using, as well as understanding, technology. These strands are revisited repeatedly through a range of themes during children’s time in school to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully developed. Our intention is that Computing also supports children’s creativity and cross curricular learning to engage children and enrich their experiences in school.
At St. Marie’s, computing is taught in discrete lessons. The computing curriculum is delivered through the Purple Mash scheme of work. Every lesson has been individually planned so that it can be taught effectively and so that it can meet the needs of all our pupils. The scheme ensures progression and coverage of the National Curriculum. In computing lessons children will use either the computers in the suite, the mobile laptops or the IPads to access the Purple Mash website or the range of software. Our school curriculum ensures there are appropriate links made between the computing knowledge and skills taught, and the rest of the subjects so that skills are embedded and developed. We ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child.
Through our Computing curriculum at St. Marie’s, pupils gain the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise technology in a safe way. Our children become independent users of technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment through their activities. The children are able to use technology to support learning across the entire curriculum. The majority of the children achieve age related expectations at the end of their cohort year and leave St. Marie’s being digitally literate and competent users of technology, also being creative and resilient problem solvers. Through enrichment and awareness raising, the majority of our children developed into responsible digital citizens.