Our school is one family, united in love and deeply rooted in our Christian values, where together on life’s journey we flourish, striving for excellence in all that we do. Inspired by the transformation of St Paul, and enlightened by the glory of God, we will shine like stars to make the world a better place.
Our Curriculum Drivers
Our three curriculum drivers, Growth, Spirituality and Possibility shape our curriculum breadth. They are used to ensure we give our children the appropriate and ambitious curriculum opportunities.
At St Paul’s we have a clear and simple vision for our computing curriculum: the children should be online-safe, online-inspired and online-confident. Computing is an integral part of our everyday life and will play an immeasurable part in our children’s futures. At a school, we will provide all of our children with the skills, creativity and enthusiasm to live and thrive in a world increasingly dependent on computing. As computing technology underpins today’s modern lifestyle, it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and ability that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world. Our curriculum drivers, growth, possibility and spirituality, underpin our Computing offer at St Paul’s.
The children will have many opportunities to use technology. While all the basic IT skills are covered, eg making a simple Word document or using Paint programs, the children’s experience soon develops, and so at St Paul’s, children are beginning to make web pages, create computer games and animation. As they progress through the school, they will explore virtual reality and social networking, coding and generate content for younger children as well. We believe it gives them all the experiences they need to prepare them for 21st century lifestyles.
Our standards of attainment across the school will exceed that which is expected of our children nationally as we aim to utilise the most up to date resources and recognise the need to remain aware of the potential uses of any emerging technologies. We also value the use of our portable technology in our outdoor learning in our extensive grounds.
At present, each classroom contains networked PCs and a teacher’s tablet linked to the interactive whiteboard. There are also laptops available as well as a class set of iPads. Each class is assigned a designated slot on a weekly basis. Every device in the school is linked to the school’s filtered broadband connection.
Each child will be able to access the Internet and will be encouraged to use it in a safe and respectful way. They will understand the necessary precautions to take, to stay safe and know where to seek help. We endeavour to make sure our children will never feel unthreatened or unsafe whilst online at school or at home. Children will also utilise the internet efficiently to enhance their learning of all subjects. The school will provide a rich bank of curriculum-based resources for children and parents to access at home.
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.
All members of the school community will contribute to the school’s online presence. Our school website and newsletters will continue to showcase the excellent work being carried out by our children.