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Orchard Primary Academy



At Orchard Primary Academy we aim to prepare our pupils for their future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever-changing digital world. Knowledge and understanding of Computing is of increasing importance for children’s futures, both at home and for employment. Our Computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in many areas such as coding, networking, using a variety of programmes and using technology safely. These strands are revisited repeatedly through a range of themes during pupil’s time in school to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully developed. Our intention is that Computing also supports children’s creativity and cross curricular learning to engage children and enrich their experiences in school.


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At Orchard Primary Academy, we give children access to a wide range of good quality resources and provide cross curricular opportunities for children to apply their Computing knowledge and skills. Many of our pupils use tablets to support their learning on a daily basis and access a variety of home learning opportunities online too. Weekly ICT sessions are taught, ensuring children build up their skills and knowledge based on the half termly topic taught. Online safety is taught within Computing lessons as well as being taught in class each year during online safety theme days. Online safety procedures are communicated with all staff, pupils and parents. In addition, outside agencies are brought in to hold assemblies and workshops throughout the school year, teaching children about key safety issues and how to support good practice in enabling them to keep themselves safe online.

These are the Computing topics that are covered throughout a pupil's time at Orchard Primary Academy.

Key Stage 1

Cycle Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
A We are photographers We are researches We are TV chefs We are storytellers We are astronauts We are treasure hunters
B We are collectors We are celebrating  We are detectives We are games testers We are Zoologists We are painters 

Lower Key Stage 2

Cycle Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1  Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
A We are programmers We are bug fixers We are V loggers We are software developers We are co-authors  We are toy designers
B We are meteorologists We are communicators We are musicians We are presenters  We are HTML editors

We are opinion pollsters

 Upper Key Stage 2

Cycle Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
A We are web developers We are cryptographers We are travel writers We are games developers We are architects We are computational thinkers
B We are bloggers We are adventure gamers We are publishers We are artists We are advertisers We are network technicians 


The implementation of this curriculum ensures that when children leave Orchard Primary Academy, they are competent and safe users of ICT with an understanding of how technology works. They will have gained and developed skills in these areas:

· Computer Science

· Information Technology

· Digital Literacy

· Online Safety

By the time children leave Orchard Primary Academy, they will be able to express themselves and be creative in using digital media and be equipped to apply their skills in Computing to different challenges going forward, in both high school and employment