We aim to prepare our children for a rapidly changing world through the use of technology at Newburgh Primary School.  Our computing curriculum is designed to enable them to use computational thinking and creativity to further understand our world.  All pupils at Newburgh have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing. We differentiate our curriculum to ensure all children can access computing. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught to provide them essential knowledge that will enable them to participate effectively and safely in the digital world beyond our gates.


At the core of our computing curriculum is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Our pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, including laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. Building on this knowledge and understanding, we intend for our children to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.

Learners will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. By the time they leave Newburgh, children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully).

Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. We aim to ensure that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.



Assessment takes place continuously through questioning, discussion, observations and work produced.  Children are assessed at the beginning and end of each topic. This enables staff to ensure any misconceptions or gaps in learning are addressed and the children’s overall knowledge of each topic.

At the end of a whole unit of work, the teacher makes a summary judgement about the work of each pupil in relation to the National Curriculum. We use these grades as a basis for assessing the progress of the child, and we give summative assessment grade in the yearly report to parents and we pass this information on to the next teacher at the end of the year.

E-safety is taught throughout the curriculum and teachers remind pupils of safe internet use whenever the computers are in use. Pupils have regular lessons on e-safety in every year group, which deepens and develops their understanding of how to use computers safely, including social media, over time. Leaders have also taken time to educate parents about the importance of being highly vigilant when their children are using computers at home. (Ofsted inspection 2019)