Through our computing curriculum at St Cuthbert’s, we strive to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise modern technology in a socially responsible and safe way so as they grow, they flourish. We want our pupils to be able to leave us with the skills to access, use and understand computers in the modern world so when they complete their educational journey, they are prepared for a vast array of career opportunities that will rely on computing and technology. We want children to grow and become autonomous, independent advocates of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities. We want the use of technology to enrich learning opportunities across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child. We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their community but also as members of a wider global community and as responsible digital global citizens.
To ensure a broad range of skills and understanding, Computing is taught across three main strands: digital literacy, computer science and information technology. As part of information technology, children learn to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through ICT for example writing and presenting as well as exploring art and design using multimedia. Within digital literacy, children develop practical skills in the safe use of ICT and the ability to apply these skills to solving relevant, worthwhile problems for example understanding safe use of the internet, networks and email. In computer science we teach children to understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms and data representation. At St Cuthbert’s, we give children access to a wide range of good quality resources and supply cross curricular opportunities for children to apply their Computing knowledge and skills. Online safety encompasses our core values and is taught with an emphasis on not just their safety but their moral responsibility to treat all they encounter online, with equal value and infinite worth.