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Computing

Computing Intent

At St. Gregory’s, we want our children to be masters of technology and not slaves to it! Technology is everywhere and plays a pivotal part of their everyday lives. Therefore, we want to model and educate our children to use technology positively, responsibility and safely. Our children will then be able to compete confidently in the digital world beyond our gates.

Our aim is to provide a curriculum that will allow our children to be:

  • Responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
  • Keep themselves safe whilst using technology and on the internet and be able to minimise risk to themselves and others.
  • Able to analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
  • Digitally literate and are active participants in a digital world.
  • Confident when engaging with technology and its associated resources.
  • Computational thinkers beyond the Computing curriculum.

Implementation

Our Computing progression model is broken down into three strands that make up the computing curriculum. These are Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Computer Science underlines the knowledge and skills relating to programming, coding, algorithms and computational thinking. Information Technology includes the knowledge and skills relating to communication, multimedia and data representation and handling. Digital Literacy is an understanding of the knowledge and skills relating to online safety and uses for technology. We follow the Purple Mash scheme of work from Year 1-6, ensuring consistency and progression throughout the school. Units cover a broad range of computing components such as coding, spreadsheets, Internet and Email, databases, communication networks, touch-typing, animation and online safety.