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Computing Curriculum


At Thornton Hough school we want our children to love computing. We want to show pupils the links between knowledge, skills and real life employment opportunities and have no limits to what their ambitions are. We want our children to grow up wanting to be software engineers, video game designers, web developers or IT consultants. We want them to embody our core values and encourage them to dream big!

We have worked to ensure that our computing curriculum has been carefully crafted so that our children develop their digital capital progressively. We have made it our aim to ensure that children experience engaging, memorable computing lessons in our school. We want our children to leave our school with cherished memories and the ability to embrace the opportunities they are presented with in relation to computing and IT. The computing curriculum promotes curiosity, one of our key values, and a love and thirst for learning. It is ambitious and empowers our children to become independent and resilient – like all curriculum areas in our school.

We want to equip our pupils with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the computing National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We enrich their time in our school with memorable, unforgettable experiences and provide opportunities that may normally be out of reach – we believe that this will pique our pupil’s interests and passions. For example, this year we have teamed up with specialist teachers from hi-impact Consultancy in order to deliver engaging and exciting sessions based around computing. The children will enjoy a range of fantastic, hands-on sessions and will have the chance to work with a variety of equipment to tackle computing-based challenges by participating in some fabulous practical activities, that we have embedded into the curriculum.

We are passionate about embedding our values based curriculum into all our learning, including Computing, as our core values are placed at the heart of everything we do. For example, in the Spring term the whole school will celebrate ‘Safer Internet Day’ to reiterate the importance of staying safe online and being kind and respectful to people as we would do in ‘real life’. This is underpinned by a comprehensive plan for teaching e-safety all through the year.



Our scheme of work for Computing is adapted from the ‘Teach Computing’ Curriculum and covers all aspects of the National Curriculum. This scheme was chosen as it has been created by subject experts and based on the latest pedagogical research. It provides an innovative progression framework where computing content (concepts, knowledge, skills and objectives) has been organised into interconnected networks called learning graphs. 

The curriculum aims to equip young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to thrive in the digital world of today and the future. The curriculum can be broken down into 3 strands: computer science, information technology and digital literacy, with the aims of the curriculum reflecting this distinction.

The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation (Computer science)

  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems (Computer science)

  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems (Information technology)

  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. (Digital literacy)

A key part of implementing our computing curriculum was to ensure that safety of our pupils is paramount. We take online safety very seriously and we aim to give children the necessary skills to keep themselves safe online. Children have a right to enjoy childhood online, to access safe online spaces and to benefit from all the opportunities that a connected world can bring them, appropriate to their age and stage. Children build online resilience through the use of the ‘Project Evolve – Education for a Connected World’ framework and our EC PHSE scheme of work. Both frameworks aim to support and broaden the provision of online safety education, so that it is empowering, builds resilience and effects positive culture change. The objectives promote the development of safe and appropriate long-term behaviours, and support educators in shaping the culture within their setting and beyond.


At Thornton Hough school we use both formative and summative assessment information in every computing lesson. This is based on our progression of key skills and lesson objectives. Staff use this information to inform their short-term planning and short-term interventions, if needed. This helps us provide the best possible support for all of our pupils, including the more able pupils. The assessment milestones for each phase have been carefully mapped out and further broken down for each year group. This means that skills in computing are progressive and build year on year.  Assessment information is collected frequently and analysed as part of our school monitoring system. This process provides an accurate and comprehensive understanding of the quality of education in computing. Monitoring in computing includes: staff audits, work sampling, lesson observations and/or learning walks, and conversations with staff, pupils and parents about the computing curriculum. All of this information is gathered and reviewed. It is used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly.  The children are thoroughly enjoying their computing curriculum and are keen to communicate to staff how much they are enjoying their computing lessons!

If you wish to support your child at home to further develop their skills in computing, please click on the links below:



Programming  (coding) is important for children as it will help improve their mathematics and writing skills, it will give them valuable life skills, which will be used eventually in the workplace.  Develop your child’s skill by learning the  basics of coding; you do not even need a computer! Problem solving, thinking creatively, and it helps  them  to  develop resilience.


Online safety     

Online safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way. Please see our online Safety Policy under the 'Policies' tab  and our online safety section  of the website for more information. 

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