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St Walburga's Catholic Primary School

A Voluntary Academy

Computing: Subject Leader - Mr McDonagh


Computing prepares us for living in the modern world and for any future developments that may come about. We use computing in all areas of our lives - for playing games, texting our friends, searching new information and storing documents that are important to us. Computing helps us communicate more efficiently with the world. By working with computing, we learn to think logically and creatively; preparing us for living in the digital world. Computing links closely with maths, science and design technology. By knowing how technology works, you will be able to create programmes, express yourselves and develop your ideas to share with all the world.


The national curriculum states that 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.

Content is implemented through 6 week topics and delivered through google classroom. All children are taught to access google classrooms and their computing learning with growing independence through school. Lessons taught are a consolidation of the national curriculum for each year group and each topic. The topics being delivered are split into 3 parts, e-safety, digital literacy and coding.  


The computational thinking and creativity to understand the modern world redies our children for an ever changing technological landscape. Children are taught how to be safe online, how to be digitally literate and the basics of coding and programming. Children are able to develop their ideas and use technology to communicate their learning. They have a clear understanding of technological language and teachers provide appropriate levels of support to guide the children in this using the language cross curricularly.