Curriculum Intent

At Istead Rise our teaching of computing ensures that our children are equipped to be part of an ever changing world where our lives are increasingly reliant on technology. We aim for all children to be ready for future education and employment by focusing on helping them to acquire skills in digital literacy, computer science, information technology and online safety. As the children move through the school, we aim to develop the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in an effective way;  to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information and ensure children become competent in their understanding and the safe use of technology. 

Curriculum Implementation


Children are taught one hour of timetabled computing per week. In Key Stage 1, children learn the basic skills required when using technology. This includes: how to use coding websites to create simple algorithms, how to use devices to take photographs, and how to research and present information. In Key Stage 2, children focus on a wide range of computer sciences including: complex coding, computer aided design, presenting information using a range of software, data collecting and website development. This is set out in the school’s long term plan and computing curriculum map. 

Each term, year groups will be introduced to specific themes and topics in computing and will build upon previously learnt skills to enhance their knowledge and confidence thanks to carefully planned learning sequences. We follow the guidelines set by the National Curriculum to ensure that each child feels challenged, motivated and has opportunities to progress further with their learning. Lessons are accessible to all children through a range of varied activities and opportunities for group and paired work. 

In addition to computer sciences, discrete online safety lessons are taught to build up children's resilience and independence when using technology, both in the classroom and beyond.