At St Mary’s, we recognise the need to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and understanding of the digital world they are growing up in.
During Computing lessons, children are given the opportunity to explore the way the world around them works. Computational thinking and creativity are developed to build computer science skills, developing an understanding of the underlying coding of digital systems. As this understanding grows, children can write their own programmes for a range of purposes like creating games and quizzes. Computing sessions also ensure children become digitally literate, a necessity in the modern world and only increasing in importance.
Beginning in KS1, children become familiar with algorithms and the importance of giving and following precise instructions for the desired outcome as well as beginning to use logical reasoning to predict and create programmes for a specific purpose. In KS2, the children build on these skills to design, write and debug programmes for specific goals as well as learning how to effectively use the technologies that are so crucial to modern life and future careers.
Throughout the school, there is a continued emphasis on safe, responsible and respectful use of computers and technology. Our prep department has lessons with our own computer suite and in the senior department suite too. This is one of the many advantages of an all-through school.