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Computing

Intent

In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for computing we aim to ensure that all children:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science,
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, analytically to solve problems
  • are respectful, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology


At St Mary’s we endeavour to ensure that all children become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. 

The curriculum will teach children key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Children have the opportunity to gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds.

By the time they leave St Mary’s, children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum:

  • Computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work)
  • Information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information)
  • Digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully).

The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the key stages, ensuring a solid grounding for future learning and beyond.