"Technology is best when it brings people together." - Matt Mullenweg
Our Vision for Computing
At St Mary’s we understand clearly our responsibility in preparing children for their next stage of education and for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, laying the foundations so that they can successfully ‘shine as lights’ in modern British society and the wider world. As opportunities in technology-based companies increase, it becomes ever more important that our children are fully computer literate when they leave school.
For most of us, technology is now essential to our lives, both at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this ‘digital world’. We hope that our Computing curriculum will equip pupils with the foundation skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through our programme of study, they will learn how computers and computer systems work, design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.
As a school, we also believe that we should be enabling pupils to recognise online and offline risks to their wellbeing, helping pupils to recognise the dangers of inappropriate use of mobile technology and social media. This is achieved through regular e-safety lessons which explore the following areas of risk: content - being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material; contact - being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users; and conduct - personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm.
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day takes place every year in February and celebrates the amazing range of information and opportunities online, and its potential to inform, connect and inspire us, whilst also looking at how young people can separate fact from fiction.
This year, Safer Internet Day 2022 will be celebrated on Tuesday 8th February with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’. During the week, children will be taking part in various activities to promote e-safety. As part of this, we will also be holding an online e-safety meeting for parents at 6pm on Monday 7th February.
Held on Tuesday 9th February, the theme was: 'An internet we trust: exploring reliabilty in the online world.' It focused on how we can know what to trust online, supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world. It also explored how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people’s decisions, opinions and what they share online.