Curriculum Intent


At Harrold Primary Academy, we recognise that pupils are living in a rapidly changing world, in which computing is playing an ever-increasing role. We intend to develop dynamic thinkers through an ambitious and relevant Computing curriculum that reflects our school values:

Responsibility - Children are supported to participate in the digital world actively and responsibly.

Readiness - Children are prepared with the skills of computational and logical thinking to enable them to respond effectively to modern day challenges. They are equipped with digital literacy skills to enhance and enrich their learning across the wider curriculum.

Respect - Children learn to become respectful digital citizens, engaging with the internet in a safe and positive way.

Resilience - Children apply their computer science knowledge and refine their skills of debugging to become skilled problem solvers.

Aims of Computing Curriculum

  • To develop children’s individual computing capability and understanding
  • To ensure all children know how to stay safe online
  • To enhance teaching and learning in other areas of the curriculum by cross curricular use of computing
  • To develop computing as a tool for learning and investigation
  • To equip pupils with the confidence and capability to use IT throughout their education, home and further work life
  • To recognise the potential, and deepen the understanding of computing in everyday life
  • To stimulate interest in new technologies

Curriculum Implementation

As children transition through the school, they are provided with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills in four key areas, building on each layer of understanding as they progress through the school. The key concepts in computing we plan a progression for are as follows:

  • E-Safety
  • Digital Literacy
  • Computer Science
  • Coding and Debugging

Children begin each school year with a focus on the fundamental knowledge and skills of E-safety. This supports them to access the wider computing curriculum safely and with confidence.

Children become ambitious and motivated computing learners through relevant problem-solving opportunities and purposeful engagement with digital technology across their wider school life; the computing curriculum incorporates cross curricular links and discrete computing skills. Teachers confidently model the use of technology and critical thinking throughout the school day.

Enrichment and extracurricular activities, such as Stop-Motion Video, Music Technology and Coding Academy enable children to grow confident in following their own interests and lines of enquiry.

Children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 all spend at least 1 hour per week studying computing. They spend additional time using computing to support other subject learning.

At Harrold Primary Academy, the computing curriculum provision covers the following areas of Digital Literacy:

  • Systems skills
  • Word processing
  • Presentations
  • Data Handling
  • Multimedia
  • Electronic Communication

To ensure progression and continuity throughout the school, the school has developed a curriculum map which outlines curriculum coverage, progression and context of computing skills and knowledge, alongside cross-curricular learning opportunities.

Expectation in Computing

At the end of KS1 children should:

  • 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.

At the end of KS2 children should:

  • 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
  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

Harrold Primary Academy Computing Policy

Harrold Primary Academy Computing Curriculum Map

Online Safety

Useful Websites 

Welcome to Harrold Primary Academy

I am extremely delighted and privileged to have the opportunity to welcome you to Harrold Primary Academy.
Harrold Primary Academy is a happy, caring and supportive school. The Academy was formed on the site of Harrold Lower School and Harrold Priory Middle School, opening its doors to the pupils aged 4 - 11 years in September 2017.
We are a small one form entry primary school, serving children from Reception to Year 6.

As a school, we are extremely fortunate to have a spacious school site with a Library, Science lab, Food Technology room and a team of dedicated staff who work hard to deliver exciting, engaging and enjoyable lessons for children at Harrold.

Our vision is that every child has the right to a high quality of learning, where they are treated with respect in a safe and stimulating learning environment. Children actively participate in learning by demonstrating a sense of readiness, where they take responsibility for themselves and the school environment. We help to build resilience in all our children by ensuring that the learning that they experience is a stepped approach with appropriate scaffolding and modelling in place to secure and build improved independent learning.

When children leave Harrold, they are well-equipped to continue achieving throughout secondary school and beyond.
We believe that close cooperation between home and school is essential, and we aim to keep parents as informed as possible about the progress being made by their children and ways in which they can support their children’s learning.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Harrold Primary Academy.

To find out more about the school, please read through our website and do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to visit the school.


Debonair Brown

Head teacher