Computing and On-Line Safety

Woodloes Primary School Computing and On-Line Safety Curriculum


At Woodloes Primary School, the intent of our Computing and E-Safety curriculum is to prepare and equip our pupils with the skills and knowledge they require in our ever-changing digital world.  We want our pupils to be enthusiastic, confident and safe users of technology, capable of harnessing its tremendous benefits, as well as identifying and addressing its dangers, so that they are also aware of the measures that can be taken to keep themselves and others safe online.


We offer a structured and progressive sequence of skills during lessons, which ensures full coverage of the computing and e-safety statements from the new EYFS Curriculum and content of the National Curriculum (Year 1 – 6), and fosters a deep understanding of computing and how it links to our pupils’ lives. The curriculum offers a range of opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety, which allows children to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science. Through participation in these sessions, our pupils will develop analytical problem-solving skills and learn to evaluate and apply information technology; enabling them to become responsible, competent, confident, creative and safe users of technology.


The National Curriculum for computing (which can be broken down into 3 strands: computer science, information technology and digital literacy) 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)


Our aim is to provide a Computing curriculum that is designed to balance acquiring a broad and deep knowledge alongside opportunities to apply skills in various digital context.  Therefore, in addition to teaching computing discreetly, we also give our pupils the opportunity to apply and develop what they have learnt across wider learning in the curriculum.

The Kapow Primary Scheme is used to plan and teach Computing and On-line Safety sessions; ensuring full coverage of the National Curriculum, and a clear skills and knowledge progression. Within subject specific lesson, there is the opportunity for revision, as well as analysis and problem-solving activities, where pupils build on prior knowledge at the same time as introducing new skills and challenges, using appropriate subject specific vocabulary.  In KS1, the focus is on developing the use of algorithms, programming and how technology can be used safely and purposefully. In KS2, lessons still focus on algorithms, programming and coding but in a more complex way and for different purposes.


Online safety is taught both within each Computing lesson, as well in focused sessions.  Year group responsive specific key messages and actions are also shared with parents/carers.



Learning in computing will be enjoyed across the school and children will use digital and technological vocabulary accurately, alongside a progression in their technical skills. They will be confident using a range of hardware and software, and will produce high-quality purposeful products. Children will see the digital world as part of their world, extending beyond school, and understand that they have choices to make. They will be confident and respectful digital citizens going on to lead happy, healthy and safe digital lives.


Assessments linked to computing and e-safety take place throughout the academic year, and children are assessed against age related expectations by their class teacher. The results of these assessments are recorded are used to inform judgements linked to attainment and progress, and assessments linked to age related expectations are shared with parents/carers in the end of year report


The impact of the Computing and E-Safety curriculum at Woodloes Primary School is assessed through subject specific monitoring and participation in the deep dive process.  Accompanying evidence is provided through pupil interviews, lesson visits, teachers questionnaires, work trawls, learning walks and the analysis of data.

Long-Term Plan

Computing and Online Safety Long Term Plan.docx.pdf

Skills and Knowledge Progression

Computing and Online Safety Progression of Skills and Knowledge.docx.pdf