Alan Turing gave us a mathematical model of digital computing that has completely withstood the test of time. He gave us a very, very clear description that was truly prophetic. ~ George Dyson.
At St Peter’s, we recognise that our pupils’ lives will increasingly take place within a digital medium, whether it be socially or working, and therefore we want them to be masters of technology. To not just be consumers, but be creators who develop computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
Our bespoke, broad and deep curriculum has been designed to ensure that all pupils become digitally literate to enable them to understand that there is always a choice with technology and through education and positive modelling of technology (especially social media) we believe that we can enable our pupils to express themselves safely and respectfully. We believe that the core of the computing curriculum is Computer Science, where children are taught the principles of what a computer is, how digital systems work as well as how to put this knowledge to use through programming. They will also know how computing has evolved (sense of time), (sense of place and self).
Our curriculum is taught in a logical progression, systematically and explicitly enough to allow all pupils to acquire the intended knowledge and skills. Staff endeavour to embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible.
“Lots of companies don’t succeed over time. What do they fundamentally do wrong? They usually miss the future.” – Larry Page (co-founder of Google)
By the time our children leave St Peters, our aim is that they will be able to:
- Confidently, safely and independently access a range of technologies.
- Select and use the correct computing terminology whilst developing a range of skills including, presenting information in a range of ways, internet use and coding.
- Recognise and evaluate when and what is appropriate technology to use to support learning and help in daily life
“If you give people tools, and they use their natural abilities and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected.” Bill Gates (co-founder of Microsoft Corporation)