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At Bentley High Street we believe that our curriculum is used to supporting learning throughout the curriculum and that all children: can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation


  • 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.


The curriculum is split into three strands: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy.


Information technology

  • Using computers for functional purposes, such as collecting and presenting information, and using search technology effectively

Digital literacy

  • Being safe and responsible when using of technology and evaluating how effective it is
  • Recognising its advantages for collaboration or communication

Computer science

  • Helping children to understand how computers and networks work
  • Basic computer programming and coding


The National Curriculum aims to ensure that all children;


Key Stage 1


Pupils should be taught to:


  • understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.


Key Stage 2


Pupils should be taught to:


  • design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
  • use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
  • use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
  • understand computer networks, including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
  • use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information


Curriculum Implementation

Subject Content and Organisation Across School


Computing through continuous provision

Using a computer

Exploring hardware

All about instructions

Supporting a child-led project using technology

Programming Bee Bots

Year 1

Getting Started

Programming Bee Bots

Algorithms Unplugged

Digital Imagery

Introduction to Data

Rocket to the Moon

Year 2

What is a Computer?

Word Processing

Programming: Scratch Jr

Algorithms and Debugging

International Space Station

Stop Motion

Year 3


Journey Inside a Computer

Top Trumps Databases

Digital Literacy

Programming Scratch


Year 4

Collaborative Learning

How the Internet Works

Website Design


Investigating Weather

Computational Thinking

Year 5

Online Safety

Micro: bit

Search Engines

Sonic Pi

Mars Rover 1

Mars Rover 2

Year 6

Bletchley Park

Intro to Python

Big Data 1

Big Data 2

Skills Showcase (Whole Summer Term)

For further information regarding our Computing curriculum, please contact our Computing lead Mrs Shevki. 


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