Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils studying computing will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. Computational thinking provides insights into many areas of the curriculum, and influences work at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines.

The new National Curriculum presents the subject as one lens through which, pupils can understand the world. There is a focus on computational thinking and creativity, as well as opportunities for creative work in programming and digital media. 

There are three aspects of the computing curriculum: 

  • computer science (CS),
  • information technology (IT)
  • digital literacy (DL)


Through our computing curriculum at Harrow Lodge Primary School, we aim to give our children the life skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish. We want our children to be able to operate in the 21st century workplace and we want them to know the career opportunities that will be open to them if they study computing. We want children to become autonomous, independent users of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child. Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent end-users of technology but, through computer science lessons, we want our children to develop creativity, resilience, problem solving and critical thinking skills. We want our children to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within the community but also as members of a wider global community and as responsible digital citizens.


Computing long term plan