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Computing - Intent, Implementation and Impact

At Burnt Oak Junior School, we endeavour to give children the tools necessary to become active participants in the modern world. We aim to equip the children with up-to-date and informative digital knowledge by using the subjects taught alongside the International Primary Curriculum, whilst using the NCCE computing scheme of work to complement.

E-Safety plays a pivotal role in all computing lessons and children are taught the importance of E-Safety across all curriculum subjects. Children are taught to use technology safely and respectfully, including what steps to take if they are unsure about online content. A monthly E-Safety Newsletter is sent to parents to ensure our community are kept up to date with current trends and provide them with the tools to keep our children safe at home.

Throughout their time at Burnt Oak, the children will have the opportunity to create and detect errors within their own algorithms and programmes, as well as use a variety of software to collect, analyse, evaluate and present data and information. They will become effective computational thinkers with confidence using a wide range of software and hardware.

The National Curriculum for Computing has four main aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
  • Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
  • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.


Computing at Burnt Oak Junior School

'The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the new programme of study for computing, they will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.’ 

This is underpinned by the key aim of producing learners who are confident and effective users of a wide range of both software and hardware. 

Burnt Oak Junior School has been a leading school in Computing for many years. Our children can become Digital Leaders to support their peers with their learning. The school has many iPads for children to use. We also have Robot arms, 3D printers, and cameras, therefore there is a plentiful supply of equipment to ensure Computing is an effective and integral part of teaching and learning.  Teachers are equipped with laptops and Clever Touch boards for use during lessons as a teaching tool to enhance learning for children. All staff receive training to enable them to use different technology in the most effective way for interactive learning.

Outstanding OFSTED 10-11th July 2018

“Pupils enjoy the challenge of learning. For example, in a computing lesson, pupils showed palpable excitement when attempting a new task. This activity is part of an engaging programme of work which enables pupils to move on once they have mastered a concept. Strong classroom practice allows pupils to learn well, further deepening their understanding.”

“... pupils are encouraged to use technology in many subject areas to develop communication skills. In science, iPads are used to record pupils’ presentations on light. This allows pupils to share ideas effectively and learn from each other. Pupils are developing sophisticated technology skills, like editing from Year 3 onwards, very effectively.”


Expectations by the end of Key Stage 2

By the end of Key Stage 2 children should be able to:

  • 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 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.
  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; know a range of ways to report concerns and inappropriate behaviour.
  • Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.


The development of the ‘E’ Safety policy ensures a robust approach to safeguarding children and staff in using the Internet safely and responsibly. The detailed policy is in line with Government Guidance and provides an aide memoire to all stakeholders about the use of e-mail, dangers of cyber bullying and the robust permissions required to safeguard children.

To view the E Safety Policy, please click on the policies tab.

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