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Computing

Intent
Here, at St Catharine’s, we understand the world in which we live in is changing and the importance of preparing our children for a society which is becoming more and more reliant on the use of computing. Computing at St Catharine’s allows children to develop skills in finding, exploring, sharing and presenting information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to become responsible, respectful and competent users of information and communication technology. Our vision is for all teachers and learners in school to become confident users of ICT so that they can develop the skills, knowledge and understanding, which enables them to be confident, creative and independent learners.

Computing Is Fun

Implementation
Our school believes that every child should have the right to a curriculum that champions excellence; supporting pupils in achieving to the very best of their abilities. We understand the immense value technology plays not only in supporting the Computing and whole school curriculum but overall in the day-to-day life of our school. We believe that technology can provide enhanced collaborative learning opportunities; better engagement of pupils; easier access to rich content; support conceptual understanding of new concepts and can support the needs of all our pupils. Here at St Catharine’s, we believe that ICT contributes to teaching and learning in all curriculum areas and is used throughout the curriculum, as well as specific planned units of work. As a school, we have chosen Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work from Reception to Year 6. The scheme of work supports our teachers in delivering fun and engaging lessons, which help to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve to their full potential. It provides immense flexibility, strong cross-curricular links and integrates perfectly with the Rising Stars Program.
Impact
Through the teaching of our computing curriculum, we want to equip our learners with the skills to become digital-literate and to be able to join the rest of the world on it’s digital platform. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly – safely.  The biggest impact we want on our children is that they understand the consequences of using the internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online.

As children become more confident in their abilities in Computing, they will become more independent and key life skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking and self-evaluation become second nature.

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