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Barnburgh Primary Academy

Barnburgh Primary Academy





“Those who can imagine anything, can create the impossible.”
 Alan Turing




At Barnburgh, we believe that computing is an essential part of the curriculum; a subject that not only stands alone but is also woven throughout the curriculum, and should be an integral part of all learning. Computing, in general, is a significant part of everyone’s daily life and children should be at the forefront of new technology, with a thirst for learning all about what technology is out there. Computing within schools can therefore provide a wealth of learning opportunities and transferrable skills - explicitly within the Computing lesson and across other curriculum subjects.

Our Core Values provide the platform on which we have built our curriculum offer at Barnburgh Primary Academy. Our Computing curriculum is underpinned by our Core Values in the following ways;



  • To know that it is okay to make mistakes when using computer technology and to understand that mistakes are part of the process of reaching a high-quality outcome.
  • To have the courage to explore and innovate using ICT.
  • To have the courage to explore new types of technology.


  • To develop the ability to stick with something, to continue working, to try harder and to not give up.
  • To understand that the perseverance and dedication is needed to work successfully in computing.


  • To do their best and then to push themselves beyond what they consider to be their best. 
  • To develop a desire to achieve something.
  • To aim to use a variety of technologies across all aspects of their learning – not just within a computing lesson.


  • To respect the ambition and work of their peers.
  • To respect equipment used in computing and understand the cost and privilege involved.
  • To respect people’s personal information, data and passwords when working online.


  • To develop confident children who understand that computing is an essential skill set that is engrained into everyday life.
  • To develop computer-literate children, who have the confidence to think and overcome issues independently.



We want our computing curriculum to help children to;

  • Think creatively about all aspects of their life.
  • Observe and look closer at the world around them.
  • See connections in the world.
  • Provide them with a computing skill set, which can be applied to all aspects of life and learning.




Our Computing curriculum has been designed to cover all the skills set out in the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum states that ‘Computing 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 Computing curriculum has been structured in a cross-curricular way to effectively facilitate this and to provide maximum opportunities to our children. In KS1, children will learn to understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will be taught to create and debug simple programs and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs. They will be shown how to use a range of technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content, as well as recognise common uses of information technology beyond school. They will be taught to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private.

As the children progress into KS2, they will design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solving problems by decomposing them into smaller parts. They will use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs, use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and correct errors in algorithms and programs. Children will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. They will use search technologies effectively, learn to appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content. Children will be taught to select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals. They will use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.



After the implementation of this robust computing curriculum, children at Barnburgh Primary Academy will be digitally literate and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform.  They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly – safely.  The biggest impact we want on our children is that they understand the consequences of using the internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online.

The children will be able to showcase their knowledge through work and projects. Monitoring of the computing curriculum takes place once a term, allowing school leaders to ensure that every child has the opportunity to develop their skills and understanding.


Please find the computing progression document below. This is a working document.