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Computing Overview

Computing is a skill of the future. We want to ensure that all children learn enough computing skills to be computer literate by the end of Key Stage 2.  The Computing curriculum is organised in to three strands giving children a wide range of opportunities and experiences.  The 3 strands are: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Computing at Havelock is embedded across the curriculum meaning children use their Computing skills in a range of subject areas.  For example, painting backdrops (Art & Design), making a set and characters (D.T), as well as the important computing skills involved in involved in the research of information for a variety of subjects.  This approach results in high quality learning and experiences with pupils more focussed and motivated in their work. We aim for children to understand and apply computer science topics, be able to analyse problems in computational terms and to use technology to solve problems.


Staff embrace modern technologies in their teaching which provides an opportunity to teach differently. We are resourced with multiple sets of laptops, iPads, and a host of Design & Technology electrical equipment.  Each classroom has a networked computer and an interactive whiteboard.  The school has a wireless connection throughout the school, and we use Microsoft 365 as our learning platform.

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Computing Curriculum Overview

At Havelock our aim is to build a whole school community that is confident and competent to use all forms of ICT whilst also developing increasingly sophisticated computing program skills.

Our aim is that computing programming becomes a natural resource within learning so that children build their confidence to use it to a level where they are able to make informed and discerning choices about developing their skills across the curriculum and in coding and programming.


Through the computing schemes of work, we aim to allow all children to access and achieve specific computing skills, which again can be applied and consolidated across the curriculum.

Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this ever changing digital world.


Our schemes of work are based on the 2014 Primary Curriculum CAS (Computers at school). They fall into three main areas:

  1. Computer science,
  2. Information technology
  3. Digital literacy.


Pupils learn the basics of coding, using the espresso coding modules that can also be accessed at home. They learn how to use search technology effectively and use a range of programs to collect, evaluate and present data and design, create and present their own ideas. They learn how to evaluate internet content and how to work together using technology.

An integral and important part of our digital literacy curriculum is e-safety, enabling children to learn how to use technology responsibly and respectfully.


As well as specific computing lessons, we have many lessons where computing skills are taught within the context of another subject, for example research skills for a history presentation, collecting data in maths, science or PE, or the use of digital manipulation and drawing packages in art and DT. We also use our computing resources to support the children’s development in reading and maths through subscriptions to bug club, education city and London Grid for Learning which provide personalised activities for children which are also accessible at home.