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North Scarle Primary School

North Scarle Primary School


Intent – what do we expect our children to learn?

Our computing provision aims to equip pupils with the knowledge and skills to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. We aim to develop pupils’ understanding of programming, whilst providing opportunity for creative and collaborative project work in which the pupils can acquire the information technology skills, they’ll need to become digitally literate citizens.

Essential Skills

  • Programming

Developing an understanding of instructions, logic and sequences

  • Computational thinking

Understanding algorithms and detecting and correcting errors

  • Communicate/collaborate

Communicating ideas digitally

  • Creativity

Design and create digital content

  • Computer networks

Understand and use computer networks and the Internet

  • Productivity

Collect, analyse, evaluate and present data and information

You can view the subject content that your child will be taught each term by viewing each classes curriculum overview.

Implementation – how do we expect them to learn?

Each class has access to tablets, laptops and SMART boards and teaching is delivered using this technology. Computing is taught in discrete lessons; however, there are many opportunities across the curriculum for children to use and apply their skills and knowledge. In the EYFS, there is continuous provision planned for children to use technology on a regular basis to enhance their skills independently and as part of an adult led group.

Our curriculum is planned carefully to ensure that pupils build on key skills each year and learn new concepts (knowledge) alongside this to allow them to gain a greater understanding of the Computing curriculum. To support our teaching and learning we use the ‘Switched On: Computing’ scheme in Key Stages 1 and 2. Through this we ensure the children learn to develop an understanding of instructions, logic and sequences, understand algorithms and detect errors, communicate ideas digitally, design and create digital content, understand the internet and use networks, collect, analyse and present data and information.

Units will be planned across a three-year cycle (in Class 2 and 3) and spaced learning allows pupils to revisit key knowledge and skills.

E-safety is not taught within every computing unit for work; however, this is visited throughout the year through our assemblies and within our personal development curriculum.

Impact –

Our approach to teaching computing will ensure that all pupils will have sufficient knowledge and skills so they are prepared for secondary school and further opportunities in future careers. Computing at North Scarle Primary School provides our pupils with a variety of experiences and opportunities to enable them to become digital citizens in our modern world of technology. We measure our children's knowledge and skills through:

  • Pupil discussions about their learning
  • Termly summative assessments 
  • Ongoing formative assessments to inform teacher planning
  • Learning walks
  • Governor monitoring