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Subject Intent

All children at North Town Primary School and Nursery have the right to rich, deep learning experiences that balance all aspects of the Computing curriculum given the significant role that technology plays in society today. 

All lessons have clear objectives, which are achieved through fun and engaging activities. Lessons promote the development of safe and appropriate long-term behaviours, whilst also supporting children and staff in shaping the culture at North Town Primary School and Nursery and beyond.

We believe that children should be given regular opportunities to develop their skills in Computer Science, where we use the best resources to ensure our children have opportunities to think logically and problem solve, for example by writing computer code using visual blocks, combining events with objects and actions, making things happen in a programme as well as lots of opportunities to use the coding they have been learning to be creative and to build their own apps and games.

This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

In line with the national curriculum, we teach a curriculum that enables children to become effective users of technology who can:

 Understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms and data representation;
 Analyse problems in computational term, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems;
 Evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems;
 Communicate ideas well by utilising appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum.

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use 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. Online Safety Children at North Town Primary School and Nursery are growing up in a digital world. As they grow older, it is crucial that they learn to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour, and develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online. It is important that schools, parents and carers work together to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers and how to act safely when using the internet. North Town Primary School and Nursery has a strong commitment to protecting children online. We work with National Online Safety to teach a comprehensive, engaging curriculum to help educate our children about the online world and how to stay safe in it. We aim to support and broaden the provision of online safety education at our school, so that it is empowering, builds resilience and effects positive cultural change.

Our online safety curriculum aims to be rich, effective and developmental in helping support all of our children to be safe and healthy online. We recognise that online safety is a whole school issue. However, our curriculum promotes the skills and understanding that children should develop at different ages and stages. It is tailored to best match the needs of our children in the Early Years (including our children in the nursery), Key Stage One and Key Stage Two in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development and what skills they need to be able to navigate it safely. Our curriculum also aims to build on the children’s learning in other areas of their learning, with particular relevance to their PSHE and Computing education, whilst also being central to our whole school approach to safeguarding. It encourages children to discuss and think about online dangers and how to stay safe in the online world. Based on the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) “Education for a Connected World” Framework, our lessons cover all of the learning objectives outlined, including: