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Lowton West Primary School

Computing at Lowton West

Curriculum Statement

'Aiming High Together'

Computing is an increasingly important part of our curriculum as we believe computer competence is vital for our children’s future lives. At Lowton West we aim to introduce the children both to the wonders of ICT and the great benefits that can be gained through confidence in this area. We aim to create competence in the use of ICT in all subjects of the curriculum and not just in the use of computers but also in the use of iPads, digital cameras, scanners and video cameras.


As technology plays such a significant role in society today, staff at Lowton West believe ‘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 digital world. The core of computing is computer science in which pupils are taught the principles of how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.

At Lowton West, pupils have regular access to a range of technology, including netbooks, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate – able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology.

We offer a curriculum that enables children to become effective users of technology and teach them to:

  • Understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of computer science, including logic, algorithms and data representation.
  • Analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
  • Evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems.
  • Communicate ideas well by utilising appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum.
  • Understand and be aware of E-safety – learning ways in which to keep them safe online.


Computing at Key Stage 1

During Key Stage 1 pupils explore Computing and learn to use ICT confidently and with purpose to achieve specific outcomes. They recognise common uses of information technology beyond school and start to use ICT to develop their ideas and record their creative work. They begin to understand what algorithms are and execute programs through the use of precise and unambiguous instructions. They will create and debug simple programs and become familiar with hardware and software.


Computing at Key Stage 2

During Key Stage 2 pupils use a wider range of ICT tools and information sources to support their work in other subjects. They develop their research skills and decide what information is appropriate for their work. They begin to question the plausibility and quality of information. They learn how to amend their work and present it in a way that suits its audience. They learn to design, write and debug programs, controlling and simulating physical systems. They use logical reasoning to explain how simple algorithms and programs work and detect and correct errors in algorithms. They understand computer networks including the Internet and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.


Year Group




Year One



Programming: We are treasure hunters


Computational Thinking: We are TV chefs





Creativity: We are Painters


Productivity: We are Personal Trainers




Movie maker


E-safety Week

Communication and Collaboration: We are Story Tellers


Computer Networks: We are celebrating







Year Two



Programming on screen: We are Astronauts


Exploring how computer games work: We are Games Testers



Taking, Selecting and editing digital images: We are Photographers


Researching a topic: We are Researchers


E-safety Week

Communicating Clues: We are Detectives


Recording bug hunt data: We are Zoologists



Year Three



PowerPoint Presentations based on Egypt


Communicating safely on the internet: We are Communicators  



Programming an animation: We are Programmers


Finding and correcting bugs in programs: We are bug fixers


E-safety Week


Exploring computer networks, including the internet: We are Network Engineers  


Collecting and analysing data: We are Opinion Pollsters


Videoing performance: We are Presenters



Year Four



Research and presentation


Producing a wiki: We are co-authors

Presenting the Weather: We are meteorologists

Radio programmes


Producing digital music: We are musicians


Prototyping an interactive toy: We are toy designers


Using Excel


Advances in computing


Developing a simple educational game: We are software developers


Editing and writing HTML: We are HTML editors

Year Five



Developing an interactive game: We are game developers


Cracking codes: We are cryptographers



Golborne High – computing


Fusing geometry and art: We are artists


Creating a web page about cyber safety: We are web developers


E-safety Week

Sharing experiences and opinions: We are bloggers


Creating a virtual space: We are architects



Year Six





PowerPoint presentations


Practising key skills in Maths and English and presenting research and own work



Creativity: We are Publishers


Productivity: We are Market Researchers


E-safety Week

Programming: We are App developers


Computational Thinking and Computer networks: We are App planners


Communication and Collaboration: We are Interface Designers





Slag Lane, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 2ED

01942 724865