Our computing curriculum has been designed to build on our children’s growing use of technology and to equip them with the knowledge and creativity required to navigate and succeed in our increasingly digitalised world. We empower our children to be digitally literate, safe and responsible consumers, but most importantly creators, of a range of technology. We are forward thinking and prepare our children for technological developments and recognise the challenges and opportunities that technology may provide in the future. Online safety is embedded throughout our computing curriculum and across our school.

Our key computing concepts: to connect, to code, to communicate and to collect underpin our use of technology across the curriculum which ensures that these concepts are mastered over time. We ensure that technology is used effectively in other subjects and in our continuous provision to make learning creative and accessible. We teach our children to be fluent with a range of tools to express their understanding and have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the challenge.

Our computing milestones define the standards for the key concepts. We expect children in year 1 of the milestone to develop a basic understanding of the concepts and an advancing or deep understanding and level of independence in year 2 of the milestone.

Our teaching of computing combines discrete lessons in which children learn precise technological vocabulary with daily opportunities to use technology creatively and responsibly across the curriculum. Within our continuous provision, our children are empowered to publish their own learning through the platform Seesaw in increasingly creative ways to build their intrinsic motivation and to ensure progression. This frequent practice allows our children to move their learning from working into long term memory becoming masters of this technology.

Our key concepts are revisited in both years, in each key stage, which enables pupils to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject-specific language.

  • To connect: our teachers model and discuss how to use social media safely, positively and responsibly and children have opportunities to use technology such as Seesaw within the school to network with other children
  • To code: our children use a range of developmentally challenging technology including Beebots and Scratch Jr to develop their knowledge of coding and learn how this links to future job opportunities
  • To communicate: our children use a range of programs and systems to communicate ideas, work and messages
  • To collect: our children learn how to recognise and retrieve information from a range of sources and record using simple databases

The impact is that by the end of each milestone, the vast majority of children have sustained understanding of the content and have an increasing mastery of the key concepts. We track our children’s progress carefully within computing lessons and across the curriculum through observation and our children learn to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and well-being.

The way pupils showcase, share, celebrate and publish their work will best show the impact of our curriculum. We also look for evidence through reviewing pupil’s knowledge and skills digitally through platforms such as Seesaw.

Places to visit

Abbey Pumping Station Museum of Science and Technology
Corporation Rd, Leicester LE4 5PX

The National Space Centre
Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NS

The National Museum of Computing
Block H, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB

New Walk Museum
53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA

Newarke Houses Museum
The Newarke, Leicester LE2 7BY

Books to read
  • DK Workbooks: Coding in Scratch: Games Workbook: Create Your Own Fun and Easy Computer by Jon Woodcock
  • Coding with ScratchJr (Vol. 1 and 2): Learn How To Create Games and Interactive Stories by Leonardo Nogueira
  • Get Set Go: Coding Scratch Jr Making Games by Tech Age Kids
  • Coding with Scratch Jr (Ready, Steady, Code!) by Álvaro Scrivano
  • Chicken Clicking by Jeanne Willis