Curriculum: Computing

The Intent of our Computing Curriculum

With the great speed at which technology that accesses the internet is easily available in the forms of mobile phones, tablets, games consoles and smart TVs, it is imperative that all children, parents/carers, staff and governors at The Willows understand the benefits and dangers of using these devices. As the use of technology is an integral part of the teaching and learning, we view the teaching of online safety as a fundamental part of our curriculum. At every opportunity, online safety is taught and discussed with our children where appropriate to everyday use, as well as having a specific focus on relevant areas of online safety, for example, where there are issues identified involving our children, in the media, on Safer Internet Day and where there are concerns over common recurring issues.

We aim to support the education and implementation of online safety with our parents/carers through providing links to relevant websites accessed through our school website; a weekly section of online advice sent to both children and parents/carers via our app; the Online Safety Policy being available from our website; and asking children and parents/carers to read and sign relevant information in our Acceptable Use Policy, reviewed annually.

The statutory curriculum expects pupils to learn how to locate, retrieve and exchange information using technology.  In delivering the curriculum, teachers plan for and make use of this, for example, web-based resources and e‑mail.  Access to life-long learning and employment increasingly requires computer and communications use and pupils are taught to develop these skills efficiently. Access to the internet is a necessary tool for staff and pupils. It is an entitlement for pupils who show a responsible and mature approach towards its use.  

We ensure that children and staff at The Willows are protected in their use of technology through encouraging and modeling appropriate use, for example, during staff meetings or lessons, being supervised and having appropriate restrictions and filters in place.

Knowledge of what to do when problems occur is also a priority for our school and this is delivered effectively through staff meetings and instilling sound knowledge in all children during lessons.

Computing and the related technologies such as e‐mail, the internet and mobile devices are an integral part of our daily life in school and we therefore strive to give pupils and staff the opportunities to:

  • Access world-wide educational resources
  • Participate in new initiatives
  • Gather information and have cultural exchanges between appropriate staff and pupils in other schools
  • Participate in staff discussions with experts in many fields
  • Provide access to educational materials and good curriculum practice
  • Communicate with the advisory and support services, professional associations and colleagues
  • Have access to and become skilled in the use of emerging technologies
  • Carry out all of the above safely and responsibly.

The Implementation of our Computing Curriculum

In EYFS, there are many opportunities for young children to use technology to solve problems and produce creative outcomes. In particular, many areas of the framework provide opportunities for pupils to develop their ability to use computational thinking effectively, such as through undertaking projects involving the concepts and approaches. Computing lessons in the EYFS also ensure that children develop listening skills, problem-solving abilities and thoughtful questioning — as well as improving subject skills across the seven areas of learning. We live in a technological world and there is no escape from the reality that technology is integrated into the lives of young children. Just as we ensure the children in our care are ready for the adult world by teaching them maths and literacy, we should also make sure that they are fluent in computer literacy and all-important e-safety.

Key stage 1 and 2 children have access to laptops and iPads and develop their computing skills using both types. They explore the benefits of different types of devices and are able to use them interchangeably.
iPads are taken out into Church grounds and on school trips to ensure that technology is integrated into other areas of the curriculum. It is also used in the classroom in other subjects where there are strong links to support learning and production of work, such as formatting skills when creating newspapers in English.

Other types of technology such as Beebots and Probots are used where appropriate to the curriculum.

Online safety is well-integrated into the children’s learning. Discussions arise during lessons where it is appropriate for the learning, such as password safety, Creative Commons licences and inappropriate pop-ups. Weekly ‘mini’ lessons are set for all children via the Seesaw app, each week focusing on a particular aspect of online safety. Parents are sent weekly information appropriate to their use of technology that relates to the learning experienced by the children to enable families to engage in learning together. The annual Digital Parenting magazine has been sent home every year since it has been produced providing detailed advice and guidance for parents and staff.


The Impact of our Computing Curriculum

We hope to see our children confident when using technology, aware of how to treat devices and demonstrating how to stay safe in today’s world. We want them to see how technology can benefit working, life and free time without becoming  something that is unnecessarily relied upon.
We measure the impact of our curriculum using the following methods:

· Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.

· Images of the children’s practical learning.

· Children’s work saved onto their individual accounts.

· Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).

· Annual reporting to parents of standards across the curriculum.

Take a look at the Gallery below to see what our children have been getting up to…

Knowledge Organisers

At The Willows we use Knowledge Organisers to help our children, and staff, ensure the key objectives are covered.

Reception Computing Knowledge Organisers

Autumn Term 1

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2

Year 4 Computing Knowledge Organisers

Autumn Term 1

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2

Year 6 Computing Knowledge Organisers



Text Adventures


Useful Documents

Curriculum Map

Progression Document

Computing Policy

Year 5 CAD robots

Year 5 CAD robots

Year 5 have been working incredibly hard to create some 3D robots using CAD software. It is really tricky to work in 3 dimensions on a computer, but they have produced some fabulous work.