Welcome to Computing at St Matthew's!
We love technology in our school and take every opportunity to use it across the whole curriculum.  Have a look at our vision for computing and the photo's of some of the exciting activities and events we have run recently...... 
Computing Unplugged Week
"Unplugged" week at St Matthew's gives our children an opportunity to focus on and develop their skills as "Computational Thinkers" without actually using computers! 
During this week the children take part in paper based, drama and other practical hands on activities in order to teach them Computer Science.
Year 2L Looking at Directional Language and practising writing shorthand Code.
Year 2R Creating Algorithms (instructions) to draw a Crazy Character. To Evaluate  (test) their work, they asked their friends to follow their Algorithms to see what their characters looked like. 
Year 5E Working Collaboratively to find their way out of a pencil maze. In programming pairs, one student gives instructions whilst the other follows the path.
Digital Literacy in KS1
Making sure everyone is safe and having a happy time when they go online is very important to us here at St Matthew's. So, in KS1 and Reception we have a team of Online Safety Hounds or Digi Dogs, one in each class, to help the children with their work and to remind them how to stay safe online.
The children take it in turns each week to take their class Digi Dog home, there they can sniff out great ideas and can share important safety messages with their friends and family.
Coding in KS1 and KS2
What our children think about computing in school....
"I really enjoy using the iPads in Music. I am learning to play the guitar myself and when we use 'Garage Band' I can experiment with different sounds and instruments, my favourites are the piano, drums and guitar." Reece Yr6
"I love Monday afternoons because that's when we get to do 'Code Studio'
I am doing really well and at the moment I am learning how to put 'if'and 'or' statements into my coding".  Daniel Yr5
"The best thing about using technology in year 4 is when we are allowed to 'play' (teacher code for 'Computer Science and Coding! ) and use Purple Mash to make bar charts for Maths and Science.  Summer Yr4
 "We have used the iPads and MacBooks to look at different countries in Geography. We researched their famous landmarks and the food  people eat. My favourite thing to do on the iPads is 'Math Man' it's a bit like 'Pac Man' but it makes learning Maths really fun!" Alfie Yr3
" I like playing with Alex the Robot and Angry Birds on the iPads. Also it was cool to make an Avatar, I gave mine brown eyes and yellow hair. Avatars help to keep you safe and so you don't share too much information online."  Addison Yr2
"I like the Rocket game (Code Studio) and I made a crazy sculpture using dots (Purple Mash 2Paint)." Ruben Yr1
Year 2 Created their own Avatars
Summer Safety
The eCadets created a poem to help us all be safe in the summer holidays without having any troubles online.
Well done eCadets you have completed your first summer challenge.
Internet Safety Presentation
The eCadets were welcomed into 3B where they successfully delivered their presentation on solving online problems. The eCadets were creative in acting out an online scenario and teaching the 3B children how to respond to online issues (using BRIT). Well done eCadets, you have completed your Spring Challenge!


Online Safety


Online Safety is a very important part of our Computing Curriculum here at St Matthew's. Our approach is to educate and equip our children with the skills and knowledge to make the right decisions online. Digital safety messages are ever present in our everyday work however, our February focus week (which coincides with International Internet Safety Day each year) helps us to engender digital resilience and allows our children to celebrate their skills & knowledge in a variety of fun ways.

Digi Dog our Online Safety Hound helps children in KS1 to sniff out great ideas and tips to pass on to their families.
Children in Year 2 consider their Digital Footprints and make pledges to work together to build a better Internet!
Year 4 Internet Safety Thoughts.....
Drama Club consider how we can take care of each other online by being a good and kind friend.
Cyber Sense PSHE Programme
The children learn Online Bullying Hurts! They are encouraged to think about how they would feel before they post, not to copy online games and to "speak out" if they don't think it's fun. 
Years 1 & 2
Learning about how we can make "Positive Connections" online.
They had great fun using a ball of string to connect with each other and created a physical web. Miss Rush made a lucky escape in Year 2 after nearly getting trapped in the centre!
Playing an emoji game to talk about how they felt in different situations.
A Better Internet Starts with Us!
Year 6 work together with the whole of KS2 to create a school jigsaw from individual pledges.
Year 5 get involved in a Safe Skills Workshop