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At Chad Vale Primary School, we aim to prepare our learners for their future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever-changing digital world. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in students' lives. Therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. Knowledge and understanding of ICT is of an increasing importance for children’s future both at home and for employment. 


At Chad Vale Primary School: 


  • We believe that computing should be a tool for learning, which children can make use of when appropriate. 

  • Our computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in digital literacy, computer science, information technology and online safety to ensure that children become competent in safely using, as well as understanding technology. 

  • Strands are revisited repeatedly through a range of themes during children’s time in school to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully developed.  

  • Computing supports children’s creativity and cross-curricular learning to engage children and enrich their experiences in school. 




Our curriculum is shaped by our school vision, which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.  


We teach the National Curriculum for computing, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. 


To ensure a broad range of skills and understanding, Computing is taught across three main strands: 


  • Digital Literacy - the ability for learners to use, express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable level, including-safeguarding and online etiquette. Children develop practical skills in the safe use of ICT and the ability to apply these skills to solving relevant, worthwhile problems for example understanding safe use of internet, networks and email. 


  • Computer science - the study of the foundational principles and practices of computation and computational thinking, and their application in the design and development of computer systems.  Children learn to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. They analyse problems to computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems. 

  • Information Technology- the creative and productive use and application of computer systems, hardware and software. Children learn to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through ICT for example writing and presenting as well as exploring art and design using multimedia. 


We also teach a progression of computing vocabulary to support children in their understanding. 


At Chad Vale we give children access to a wide range of good quality resources and provide cross curricular opportunities for children to apply their computing knowledge and skills. 


Online safety is taught at the beginning of each half term and is regularly re-visited throughout the year. 


Online safety procedures are communicated with all staff, parents and via our website. 



The implementation of this curriculum ensures that when children leave Chad Vale Primary school: 

  • They are competent and safe users of ICT with an understanding of how technology works 

  • They have the skills to express themselves and be creative in using digital media and be equipped to apply their skills in computing to different challenges going forward 

  • They can apply their computing skills and knowledge to other areas of the curriculum and are able to identify which tasks can be enhanced through the use of technology (and which won’t) 

  • They are well prepared for the KS3 computing curriculum and beyond 

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E-Safety and Digital Citizenship 


A key part of implementing our computing curriculum is 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. 

  • The framework aims 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. 

Within each year group topics include: 


  • Self Image and Identity 

  • This strand explores the differences between online and offline identity beginning with self-awareness, shaping online identities and media influence in propagating stereotypes. It identifies effective routes for reporting and support and explores the impact of online technologies on self-image and behaviour. 


  • Online Relationships - This strand explores how technology shapes communication styles and identifies strategies for positive relationships in online communities. It offers opportunities to discuss relationships, respecting, giving and denying consent and behaviours that may lead to harm and how positive online interaction can empower and amplify voice. 


  • Online Reputation -  This strand explores the concept of reputation and how others may use online information to make judgements. It offers opportunities to develop strategies to manage personal digital content effectively and capitalise on technology’s capacity to create effective positive profiles. 


  • Online Bullying - This strand explores bullying and other online aggression and how technology impacts those issues. It offers strategies for effective reporting and intervention and considers how bullying and other aggressive behaviour relates to legislation. 


  • Managing Online information - This strand explores how online information is found, viewed and interpreted. It offers strategies for effective searching, critical evaluation of data, the recognition of risks and the management of online threats and challenges. It explores how online threats can pose risks to our physical safety as well as online safety. It also covers learning relevant to ethical publishing. 


  • Health Well-being and Lifestyle - This strand explores the impact that technology has on health, well-being and lifestyle e.g. mood, sleep, body health and relationships. It also includes understanding negative behaviours and issues amplified and sustained by online technologies and the strategies for dealing with them. 


  • Privacy and Security - This strand explores how personal online information can be used, stored, processed and shared. It offers both behavioural and technical strategies to limit impact on privacy and protect data and systems against compromise.  


  • Copyright and Ownership - This strand explores the concept of ownership of online content. It explores strategies for protecting personal content and crediting the rights of others as well as addressing potential consequences of illegal access, download and distribution. 

Subject Ambassadors:

There are 11 pupil subject ambassadors, who applied for this role to help to improve the Computing learning at Chad Vale:

'I love computing because when we are coding we use our imagination to bring our ideas to life in a game. We learn to debug if there is a problem with our games.' Ethan 4Chad

'Coding helps us to learn how to develop games and we are learning skills to help us to become computer programmers in the future.' Re'Kai 4Vale

'I love using PowerPoint to present your ideas and work in a creative way.' Florence Year 5Vale

Jacob 3Vale added, 'You can also use hyperlinks and work collaboratively with your friend - in school and from home.' 

'We love having our own Chad Vale email address because we can email our friends and teachers in school and from home.' Daisy 3Vale and Puja 3 Vale

Year 3 & 4 PowerPoints

Here are some PowerPoint presentations made by the children in year 3 and 4, where they have worked collaboratively with their partners in school and even out of school:

Computing in EYFS

Curriculum Overview

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