Subject intent Computing

At St Michael’s, we want children to love Computing.

The curriculum has been designed so that children understand the relevance of Computing and are able to make connections with the real world.

It aims to make children digitally literate and competent users of different technology and software at a level suitable for the future workplace. From the very beginning of their learning journey, children are introduced to the core of the curriculum, computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Children learn that to be able to write code is to use the same principles of problem solving – abstraction, logic, algorithms and data – that are found in Mathematics, Science, D&T and other curriculum areas. Through the teaching of online safety, the Computing curriculum ensures that children can understand how to connect with others within the law and with moral and ethical integrity.

The children are not only equipped with the minimum statutory requirements of the National Curriculum, they are also taught to become capable members of the digital community in an age in which technology increasingly dominates everyday life. Wherever we can, links are made with “real-life” professions and contexts which rely on ICT to make Computing real, relevant and purposeful.

We achieve this by providing a rich, diverse curriculum, underpinned by our school’s core values of Respect, Honesty and Love, enabling every member of the school community to have a ‘Lifetime Love for Learning’.