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At Stoke Primary, the use of computers and computer systems is an integral part of our curriculum, and knowing how they work is a key life skill. In an increasingly digital world there now exists a wealth of software, tools and technologies that can be used to communicate, collaborate, express ideas, and create digital content. Our computing units are based on a spiral curriculum. This means that each of the themes is revisited regularly, through a new unit that consolidates and builds on prior learning.


At Stoke Primary we use the curriculum designed and written by the National Centre for Computing Education. It is a structured, progressive approach to the learning how computer systems work, the use of IT and the skills necessary to become digitally literate and participate fully in the modern world.


Online Safety

Within each unit, references have been provided to show where aspects relating to online safety, or digital citizenship are covered within the curriculum.


The learning outcomes for the children at Stoke Primary can be described through ten strands, ordered alphabetically as follows:


Algorithms - be able to comprehend, design, create, and evaluate algorithms.


Computer networks - understand how networks can be used to retrieve and share information, and how they come with associated risks.


Computer systems - understand what computer is, and how its constituent parts function together as a whole.


Creating media - select and create a range of media including text, images, sounds, and video.


Data and information - understand how data is stored, organised, and used to represent real- world artefacts and scenarios.


Design and development - understand the activities involved in planning, creating, and evaluating computing artefacts.


Effective use of tools - use software tools to support computing work.


Impact of technology - understand how individuals, systems, and society interact with computer systems.


Programming - create software to allow computers to solve problems.


Safety and security - understand risks when using technology, and how to monitor and report  individuals and systems.