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To develop in our pupils a discerning mind-set that leads to being computational thinkers. Our pupil will be able to describe concepts, processes and approaches while reflecting on their own digital identity.

Our Key Objectives:

🌟 Digital Literacy in a Faithful Context: We integrate Catholic values into our Computing curriculum, teaching pupils to use digital technology responsibly, ethically, and in alignment with our faith. Lessons include discussions on digital ethics and responsible online behaviour.

🌟 Online Safety: We prioritise online safety education. Pupils learn how to protect themselves and others in the digital realm, recognizing that being a good digital citizen is an extension of being a good Catholic citizen.

🌟 Understanding Technology: Our program ensures that pupils comprehend what a computer is, how it works, and what it can do. This foundational knowledge includes computer components, software, and basic programming concepts.

🌟 Computer Science Skills: We introduce pupils to computer science principles, promoting problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity. They learn coding and programming, which are essential skills in the digital age.

🌟 Information Technology: Pupils gain proficiency in using various software applications and digital tools for educational, creative, and productive purposes. They understand how technology can enhance learning and communication.

🌟 Faith-Infused Projects: Pupils engage in faith-based technology projects, using digital tools to explore and express their Catholic faith creatively. These projects foster a deeper connection between technology and spirituality.

🌟 Preparing for the Future: We equip pupils with the skills they need for a technology-driven future. This includes exposure to emerging technologies and concepts like artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and data privacy.

🌟 Digital Responsibility: We emphasise the importance of being responsible stewards of technology. Pupils learn about environmental considerations related to electronics and digital sustainability.

🌟 Critical Thinking: We encourage critical thinking and discernment, helping pupils evaluate digital content and sources, discerning what aligns with their faith and values.

🌟 Faith and Technology Integration: We explore how technology can enhance faith experiences, such as virtual pilgrimages, digital prayer resources, and online community building.

In summary, the Computing curriculum at St. Mary’s Primary School is designed to empower our pupils with digital literacy, computer science skills, and information technology knowledge while nurturing their strong Catholic faith. We prepare them to be responsible, ethical, and faithful digital explorers who are well-equipped for the technology-driven world ahead.

To support the teaching, resourcing and specifics of our Computing Curriculum, staff use the Kapow Scheme of work. 

Catholic Social Teaching Principles and Computing:

As with all our teaching at St. Mary’s, staff will look to make relevant and meaningful links throughout their teaching to all elements of CST. Some will occur naturally with the pupil’s curiosity and understanding, others will be more specific and intrinsic to the subject. These 3 principles of CST are the main focus for Computing lessons as their have an inherit link with the skills and knowledge shared.

How is Computing a sacred subject? Computer science opens up for the learners the possibility of being key influencers and transformational leaders at a local, national and global level. The development of computational thinking and operational skills calls for the formation of learners who prioritise the importance of justice, equality, truth and the common good of all people at a global level.

To ‘bring the gospel to the street’ here are key links and opportunities to promote CST within our Computing lessons and beyond:

Our approach to the teaching of Computing:

We have chosen the Kapow Scheme of work to support the teaching and learning of Computing.

We have done this for the following reasons:

The Progression of Computing, Guidance and More:

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