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St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School

“I have called you by your name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1


Computing, formerly known as ICT, is taught in an hour-long lesson each week by the class teacher. The children in Reception use LearnPads in their classroom and have access to classroom PCs.  All other children use one of our 30 laptops in their own classrooms. Across the school, pupils use the LearnPads regularly to support other areas of the curriculum.  We provide exciting and relevant project-based series of lessons that help children develop skills in finding things out, developing ideas, making things happen and exchanging and sharing information.


Children develop their programming skills first by using beebots and then by progressing onto computer based packages such as Scratch, Inkscape, Snap! and Pixlr.


All children have their own individual login details so are able to store all work they have completed on the school network. They also have their own individual login details for purple mash. This provides a large range of computer based cross curricular computing activities. Purple mash is used in computing lessons but the children can also access it at home.


E-safety and safeguarding online is extremely important so the first lesson of each half term is based on E-safety. In addition to the use of the laptops and LearnPads, children also have access to an iMac, iPads, PCs, digital video cameras, voice recorders and other digital equipment such as pedometers and noise level sensors which are used in all subjects in the curriculum.