Computing at St Matthew’s can be seen woven throughout all curriculum areas. We use technology purposefully to enhance our teaching and learning at every opportunity. We use iPad publishing apps to design and create information brochures such as on The Great Fire of London in Year 2 or desktop publishing software in KS2 for work on the Egyptians. We use some database software to store and collate the information we find on rivers in Geography. We practice our times tables by taking part in online TT Rockstar tournaments or develop our spelling strategies through spelling shed competitions. We even use data loggers to help us conduct experiments in Science and iPad imaging applications to edit and improve digital media.
As Computer Scientists, the children are encouraged to think about and approach all sorts of problems creatively, breaking them down and working collaboratively to find solutions.
On this page, you will find relevant information about the Computing Curriculum at St Matthew’s.
View our Computing Policy on our Curriculum Policies page
At St. Matthew’s Catholic Primary School, our intent is to provide a Computing Curriculum that empowers our students with the knowledge, skills, and values required to thrive in the digital age. We aim to foster a deep understanding of technology, promote responsible digital citizenship, and inspire creativity and innovation through computing. Our curriculum is designed to be inclusive, multidisciplinary, and adaptable, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to excel in the ever-evolving world of technology.
To realise our intent, we implement our Computing Curriculum through a carefully designed framework that integrates computing into all aspects of our students’ learning experience. We provide a structured progression of skills and knowledge across key stages, covering areas such as coding, programming, digital design, and online safety.
Our approach includes:
- Balanced Curriculum: We integrate computing into various subjects, enabling students to apply computational thinking to real-world challenges and projects.
- Hands-On Learning: Our students engage in practical, hands-on activities and projects that encourage problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking.
- Diverse Resources: We provide access to a wide range of resources, including hardware, software, and online platforms, to support a rich and varied computing education.
- Continuous Professional Development: Our teachers receive ongoing training and support to stay current with advancements in technology and teaching methodologies, ensuring high-quality instruction.
- Inclusivity: We adapt our curriculum to meet the diverse needs of our students, providing accommodations and support where necessary to ensure that all learners can participate fully.
- Ethical and Responsible Use: We emphasise the importance of responsible digital citizenship, online safety, and ethical behaviour in the digital world.
- Assessment and Feedback: We employ a variety of assessment methods to measure student progress and provide timely feedback for improvement.
Our Computing Curriculum aims to have a lasting impact on our students, both academically and personally. We aspire to see the following outcomes:
- Digital Literacy: Students demonstrate a high level of digital literacy, confidently using a range of technologies for learning and problem-solving.
- Critical Thinkers: Students develop critical thinking skills, enabling them to analyse problems, design solutions, and adapt to new challenges.
- Creativity and Innovation: Students showcase creativity and innovation through their digital projects and contributions to various subjects.
- Responsible Digital Citizens: Students exhibit responsible online behaviour, respecting privacy, promoting digital ethics, and navigating the digital world safely.
- Inclusivity: All students, regardless of background or abilities, achieve success and feel a sense of belonging within our computing curriculum.
- Preparedness for the Future: Students leave St. Matthew’s with the skills and mindset to excel in a world where technology is integral to their personal and professional lives.
- Community Engagement: Our school community actively participates in and supports digital learning, fostering a sense of collaboration and shared responsibility.
Our intent is realised through thoughtful implementation, and we continuously evaluate the impact of our Computing Curriculum to ensure that it aligns with our vision and prepares our students for the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.
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