Purpose of study

The use of ICT is promoted in all subject areas and children use computers to enhance and compliment much of their work in school. They are encouraged to use the equipment properly, carefully and safely. We have become a Vitalize Leading Light school following our integration of the Google Suite of tools for school. In addition to our outlook on technolgoy, our Chromebooks and tablets ensure individual experiences and progress through whole class focused activities in a way that prepares them for the modern world.

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. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

Our Curriculum

We are always looking at our curriculum to ensure it is fit for the modern world. Through seminars and courses, we ensure we are aware of changes that may impact on the lives of our pupils, both whilst they are with us and when they move on to different settings. We are delighted that we have managed to integrate Lego Spike into our curriculum to give opportunities for collaborative, creative programming and we continue to explore A.I. and the potential impact on our pupils’ lives. The online world continues to develop and we need to make sure the Online Safety element of our curriculum (newsletters here) reflects the current environment the children face. We use Securly internet filtering on our devices in school to monitor and filter our internet usage, and to stimulate conversations about staying safe online. Its a fast moving world out there – watch this space!


The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation,
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems,
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems,
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

Subject content

Key Stage 1

Pupils will be taught to:

  • understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions,
  • create and debug simple programs,
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs,
  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content,
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school,
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

Key Stage 2

Pupils will be taught to:

  • design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts,
  • use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output,
  • use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs,
  • understand computer networks, including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration,
  • use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content,
  • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information,
  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

We are fortunate that our Chair of Governors is a STEM Ambassador, who has supported our school by providing additional sessions with our children.

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