Technology surrounds us in our everyday lives and at St Mary’s we believe that a good computing capability is an essential skill for life. Used safely and correctly, it can enable children to take an active part in their learning, open up many new wonderful avenues to them in all subjects and eventually allow them to fully participate in a rapidly changing world.
Using the internet confidently and safely can give children rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures. The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives, and at St Mary’s we deliver this in a fun, practical and cross-curricular way – so our children can see the benefit of technology in all of their subjects.
Through their time at St Mary’s children will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content. Our aim is to develop, maintain and stimulate pupils’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Computing and to encourage pupils to have open, enquiring minds and to perceive Computing in the context of a wider body of knowledge. Pupils should ideally become autonomous users of ICT with the associated skills supporting lifelong study and the pursuit of personal interests.