Part of White Woods Academy Trust


Approved by Governors: September 2018

Review Date: September 2019

Statement of intent

At Whiston Worrygoose Junior and Infant School we understand that a high-quality computing education is essential for pupils to understand modern information and communication technologies (ICT), and for them to use these skills to become responsible, competent, confident and creative participants of an increasingly digital world.

Throughout this policy, we outline how we, as a school, will deliver the requirements of the key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2) computing programmes of study, and to ensure that our pupils have the digital skills they need. We aim to inspire pupils to continue to learn and apply the skills they learn at secondary school, university, and beyond in the workplace.

  1. Legal framework

  1. This policy is in regard to and compliant with the following statutory guidance:
  1. This policy links in with the following other school policies:
  1. Roles and responsibilities

  1. The headteacher will:

2.2 Teachers will:

  1. Early years foundation stage (EYFS)

  1. Although computing is not a statutory part of the EYFS, we will ensure that children of reception age receive a broad, play-based experience of computing through the use of new technologies.
  1. Key stage 1

  1. Pupils will be taught to:
  1. Key stage 2

  1. Pupils will be taught to:

  1. Curriculum delivery

  1. Teaching of digital literacy and ICT is largely delivered through cross-curricular subject links.
  2. The core requirements of the KS1 and KS2 computing programmes of study, such as coding/programming, will be delivered during a dedicated weekly computer lesson at our state of the art computer lab.  
  3. An audit of resources is taken on an annual basis to ensure that our computing provision remains appropriate to the latest requirements of the KS1 and KS2 primary computing programmes of study.
  4. Web filters are kept up-to-date in order to ensure that pupils don’t access inappropriate materials.
  5. Obsolete or broken machines are sold, repaired or, where repair is not possible or cost-effective, scrapped in accordance with data protection requirements.
  6. A service level agreement (SLA) with RGFL It services is in place to support the computing coordinator to fulfil this role.
  7. An SLA for broadband is in place, and all computing-related devices and related applications have access to the internet. This SLA will be reviewed on annually to ensure that the current package remains sufficient for purpose, and that it continues to represent the best value for money.  
  1. Differentiation

  1. We provide suitable learning opportunities for all pupils by matching the challenge of the task to the individual needs and abilities of each pupil. We will achieve this in a variety of ways, including:
  1. Academically more able pupils may be asked to become ‘digital leaders’, mentoring and sharing their skills with others, both during computer lessons and through assemblies.
  1. Assessment

  1. Pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the primary computing curriculum will be assessed according to the provisions outlined in our school’s Assessment Policy.
  2. Ongoing formative assessment monitors pupil performance and progress during learning; the outcomes of which we will use to ensure that work matches the individual needs and abilities of pupils.
  3. Summative assessment reviews pupils’ progress and abilities, and will be undertaken at the end of each unit, term and school year via a number of means, including but not limited to:
  1. Samples of work will be kept for groups of children, stored in both classrooms and on the school network, within relevant class and pupil folders.
  1. Staff training

  1. The computing coordinator will be responsible for the identification and delivery of staff training requirements.
  2. Staff training requirements will be met by:
  1. The computing coordinator will remain up-to-date with the latest developments in computing through subscriptions to relevant journals, attendance at relevant courses, etc., and will pass on any newly acquired knowledge/skills to staff members, where appropriate.  

  1. Monitoring and evaluation

  1. We appreciate that computers and ICT are rapidly developing, with new uses and technology being created all the time.
  2. We will review this policy on an annual basis
  3. We will review our web filters on an annual basis in order to ensure that pupils continue to be protected from inappropriate content online.