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Computing at Catchgate



In terms of the specific Computing curriculum, our intent is that: -

  • We celebrate the cultural capital intent outlined below by encouraging children to communicate effectively using Computing and technology in a range of ways.
  • We use social media channels to keep parents up to date with events in school and reaching the audience of the wider community. Further to this we also use Microsoft Office 365 as an online tool for the children to use both at home and at school. This will encourage conversations at home between pupils and their parents/carers and allow us to continue learning in the event of school closures. 
  • Through Computing, PSHE and events such as Safer Internet Day and Anti-Bullying Week, we also ensure that children know the importance of using technology safely and respectfully, becoming safer digital citizens. This will leave them prepared for the possible pitfalls of an increasingly connected world, but excited by the infinite opportunities it has to offer.
  • We strive to support our children in protecting one another in the ever expansive digital world through the use of our Digital Crew, who will take on board relevant information from their fellow pupils whether it be current trends in uses of technology or ways to stay safe online. The Digital Crew will be supported by our staff and local police force who will provide materials to help the Digital Crew pass on relevant information to their peers.
  • Computing clubs have been set up in school at different key stage levels to support children in their use of technology appropriately and enhance skills taught in our curriculum lessons. 
  • Pupils will be challenged (where appropriate) to use their Computing skills in other areas of the curriculum.


Cultural Capital

Throughout Early Years there are opportunities for children to become more culturally aware using the immediate environment of home, school and local area.  Expectations, around pupils becoming effective communicators, are enhanced in school in partnership with increasing parental engagement. 

Throughout Key Stage 1 there are opportunities for pupils to access outdoor learning, to develop existing skills from Early Years, within the maths and English curriculum. The cultural diversity of the North East is explored and the vibrancy celebrated to develop respect amongst our young citizens to uphold British Values.  

Throughout Key Stage 2 pupils’ life skills are further developed to show an understanding and demonstration of the attitudes needed to recognise their own and others, social, emotional and mental wellbeing. The varied and rich enhancements offered to pupils develop their range of vocabulary and debating skills around current affairs.  

By the end of primary school, pupils are confident and clear communicators who are able to articulate their views and opinions, in a range of situations, thus enabling them to become responsible citizens who enhance the community they live in.

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