Computing - Subject Leader Mrs Allchurch


Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching Computing we equip children to participate in a rapidly-changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology.  It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information.

We want children to know more, remember more and understand more in computing so that they leave primary school computer literate.  Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that, by delivering a skill based curriculum, children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this. At the heart of all ICT learning we place great emphasis on the importance of online safety for all year groups to ensure they are both safe and responsible online.

The National Curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology


Coding and Programming have become an important part of life at Bretherton. From early on, children have access to coding through using instructional language, programming bee-bots and using specific pieces of software on the I-pads to develop their programming and coding skills. As the children progress throughout the school, they progress onto using pro bots and pieces of software such as Kodu Game Lab and Scratch to develop and make their own games. In year 6, children begin to use chrome books to support learning.

Enhancing learning through technology is important at Bretherton and we are constantly looking at ways to enhance our technology. Along with an I-Pad trolley and a full class of Chrome books, our most recent investment in a class set of hybrid tablet/laptops which supports and enriches opportunities throughout all areas of the curriculum. The children are really benefiting from their enhanced learning experiences from using I-pads within their lessons and are having the most amazing time embedded and enriching their learning. Other accessible technologies include digital cameras, bee bots, pro-bots,  and green screen technology to mention a few!

As a school we also invest in fantastic pieces software which make a difference not only in the subject of computing but throughout all subjects to ensure technology really does enhance the learning of basic skills. All children have access to Times Table Rockstars, Spelling Shed and Purple Mash from home as well as in school. These focus on essential skills such as phonics, reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling and mathematics. 

Bretherton school is on an exciting journey of using technology to enhance learning and we are excited about the opportunities the new computing curriculum will offer our pupils and the future generations.

Action Plan 2020/21 Summary

  • Link Computing with our new Cornerstones Curriculum.
  • Lease shceme so all children in Class 2 and 3 have a device for home/ school use.
  • All children are confident using Google Classroom.

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