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The National Curriculum requirements for Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

-Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions.

-Create and debug simple programs

-Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.

-Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.

-Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.

-Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.


At Newlaithes Nursery and Infant School we deliver our KS1 computing curriculum through following Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work. With following this scheme, children are provided with a  curriculum that allows for progression across topics e.g. retrieving work, coding and programming, safe use of technology. Children are able to save their work and even send emails to their teachers to share their proud computing (or other subject) moments. 


Computing sessions are delivered in our computing suite, which has 15 laptops and an interactive whiteboard. We have recently added software, to allow for the teacher to easily share work with children and open up websites and applications remotely. 


Computing is not only taught within a computing session! Computing and technology is used in a variety of ways across our curriculum. We are very lucky to have 30 iPad per year group. Children are introduced to the iPads in reception. When entering KS1 the iPads are used within lessons, for recording work, taking pictures and researching- to name only a few uses.


In Year 1 children have used the iPads to use a virtual rekenrek for maths lessons. Photograph their models created in DT and access virtual classroom phonics videos from Read Write Inc. 


In Year 2 some lessons involve using Apple Classroom where children use the iPad as a learning tool which is embedded seamlessly within the lesson. An example of this is sharing pictures of shapes in a maths lesson, where children are required to count the number of sides and record using the pen tool on the iPads. 


Each teacher is equipped with an iPad and Apple Pencil and each classroom has an Apple TV where the teacher can screen share their iPad screen, or share the screens of the children’s iPads.


Within our Nursery, children have access to iPads, BeeBots, an interactive whiteboard and the use of the computer suite- as a school we are aware that not all our reception children are from our nursery, therefore we ensure that computing lessons and the use of technology is taught to all children to ensure the breadth of the curriculum is delivered. With children who have attended our nursery, we continue with their technology and computing learning as addressed within the long term plan below. 


Please see below our long term plan showing progression across the year groups at Newlaithes Nursery and Infant School. 

NNIS Computing Long Term Plan