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Computing at St Matthew's


At St Matthew's C of E Primary school, we value computing. In our increasingly digital world, we believe it is important for our children to leave school feeling confident with technology and excited by the opportunities it provides.

Why is computing important?

With technology playing such a significant role in society today, it is vital for children to learn how to safely and effectively use computers in this digital world. By learning about technology at a young age, children will be better prepared and equipped for the future. Furthermore, computing also contributes significantly to developing pupils' creativity, problem solving, ability to collaborate and perseverance. Due to the problem solving and creative elements of computing, it also has deep links with other school subjects, such as: mathematics, science and design and technology. Therefore, by becoming confident with computing, pupils' understanding of other school subjects can also benefit.

National Curriculum Purpose of Study

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is 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. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.