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At Carr infant school we believe that a high-quality computing curriculum equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing also ensures that our children are digitally literate; able to use, express themselves and develop ideas confidently through ICT as participants in the digital world and in the future workplace. It is also key to teach our children how to stay safe online and know what to do when they have concerns.


Our intent is for children to: 

  • Be creative and use technology to express their ideas. 
  • Be confident that they can use technology and to understand its place in today’s world.
  • Be collaborative and work with others to create and understand.
  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour and identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.  


We implement our Computing curriculum through: 

  • A blocked curriculum approach with discrete lessons, this ensures children are able to develop depth in their knowledge and skills over the duration of each of their computing topics. Rising Star’s ‘Switched On: Computing’ scheme is used as a starting point for the planning of computing lessons, which can be richly linked to engaging contexts in other subjects and topics. 
  • Use of Chromebooks, iPads and interactive whiteboards to ensure that all year groups have the opportunity to use a range of devices and programs for many purposes across the wider curriculum. Employing cross-curricular links motivates pupils and supports them to make connections and remember the steps they have been taught.
  • A balanced coverage of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. 
  • Internet safety is taken extremely seriously and is embedded within our curriculum. We have a Pupil Internet Safety Policy that provides guidance for teachers and children about how to use the internet safely. Each year the group participates in lessons on e-safety, children understand how to stay safe when using technology and Internet safety days are held regularly to address current issues.


The impact of this is that our children:

  • Have an understanding of why computer science is so important to us and can create and edit basic programmes.
  • Can use digital media to research, edit and create.
  • Understand the importance of staying safe online and know what to do if they have any concerns.


Our Computing curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression and prepare children for their life ICT journey. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes annually on O’Track, regular e-folder checks, pupil voice, learning walk throughs and planning checks.