Statement of Intent

Our vision at Barley Mow Primary School is that all pupils should enjoy Computing and become confident, passionate and responsible users of technology both inside and outside of school. Through interesting, relevant and inclusive lessons, they will be able to leave Year 6 with a good understanding of how computers and the Internet work, along with being able to complete tasks on them creatively, independently and reflectively for a range of purposes and audiences.

The Computing curriculum at Barley Mow Primary School is designed to enable pupils to embrace and utilise new technologies through the application of essential knowledge, principles and concepts. “Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.” Stephen Hawking Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist and Author.  Pupils must be equipped to operate in a rapidly changing workplace and be prepared for career opportunities that will be open to them.

Technology is everywhere and plays a pivotal part in students’ lives, therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. We want our pupils to be creators not just consumers and our broad curriculum encompassing ‘Computer Science’, ‘Information Technology’ and ‘Online Safety’ reflects this. We want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice when using technology and as a school we utilise technology to model positive use. We recognise that the best prevention for a lot of issues we currently see with technology and social media is through education.

Technology provides accessibility opportunities for our pupils and allows them to share their learning in creative ways. Our knowledge rich curriculum has to be balanced with the opportunity for pupils to apply their skills creatively which will in turn help our pupils become proficient computer scientists.

We want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding and hope by Upper Key Stage 2, children have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.


    Computing National Curriculum

    Computing Long Term Plan

    Computing Policy


    Wonderful Word Processing!

    Over the last few weeks the children in Year 2 have developed their computer skills immensely! They have created posters about their visit to the Life Centre by using so many different computer skills. They have typed, edited, saved and printed using Microsoft Word...

    Where in the World?

    Reception have had a very busy few weeks recently, looking at our topics travel, holidays and beaches as well as exploring the vehicles that get us to our destinations. Reception have painted beach pictures in the art area and used real sand to complete their scene....

    Mad about Mini-beasts.

    Reception have had such a busy couple of weeks, learning about mini-beasts. We made different types of mini-beast art ,which includes using our cutting and sticking skills to make collages like the artist Henry Matisse, which we have previously learnt about. We made...


    Year 3 have been reading the book Posy as their poetry focus in English. They have explored Kennings and how they are used as a piece of writing. The children were then able to plan and write their own Kenning. Finally they typed it up on the laptops so we could...

    Animation Skills

    In computing, Year 4 have been working on their animation skills. They have used different apps and software to develop their skills. Here are their latest attempts. Enjoy!

    Growing in Nursery

    Nursery have been very busy this term learning about growing. We started our learning by looking at different foods that grow. Nursery read the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. We talked about the different foods the caterpillar ate and how some of them grow. We...

    Dinosaurs in Nursery

    This week Nursery have been learning all about dinosaurs! We have loved reading a range of stories such as ‘Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs’, ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’ and ‘Monstersaurus!’. These books have inspired our learning this week, we have been washing...

    Space Chase

    Reception created an algorithm for the rocket using the direction cards as part of our computing topic this term. We worked in groups and directed our friends to get the rocket to different planets. The children did a great job at using the vocabulary forwards,...

    Celebrations in Early Years!

    Nursery and Reception have worked so hard this week learning about three different celebrations. Both classes started the week completing activities around Pancake Day. We made pancakes in the playdough, while adding delicious toppings, used our cutting and gluing...


    Reception have been learning all about space. Our focus text has been ‘How to Catch a Star’ by Oliver Jeffers. This story inspired us to write a list of items we might want to take to space with us! We have been very busy in our class as our provision included making...