Our computing curriculum provides pupils with experience of computer science, information technology and digital literacy skills and knowledge. Pupils learn both how to use technology and how to create technology through programming and learning about computer networks. Our curriculum reflects changes in the national curriculum in recent years to provide pupils with the technological skills they need to succeed in today and tomorrow’s digitally driven world.

The computing curriculum at St Mary’s corresponds with the three core strands of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Throughout these is the development of pupils’ computational thinking skills, which are the fundamental problem solving skills that make effective computer scientists. Pupils use a variety of application types and consolidate these in subsequent years, reinforcing their learning. Pupils learn to program in a range of languages including Scratch and Kodu. We teach computing both as a separate subject with each class having time allocated in the computer suite but also use Computing as a cross curricular tool in Maths, English, Science and foundation subjects.

We believe pupils’ understanding of digital literacy skills is essential to safeguard our children by ensuring they are competent and confident users of technology and, crucially, know how to use such technology in a safe and responsible manner. We also learn about how to keep ourselves and others safe on the internet and how to use various media is a respectful way. Please, see our E-Safety Policy in the Policies section.