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The use of information and communication technology is an integral part of the national curriculum and is a key skill for everyday life. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.


Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

National Curriculum 2014


St Hilda's CE Primary School aims to ensure that all our pupils:


  • Meet the requirements of the national curriculum programmes of study for computing.
  • Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
  • Provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for Computing for all pupils.
  • Respond to new developments in technology.
  • Analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
  • Use computing as a tool to enhance learning throughout the curriculum.
  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
  • Develop the understanding of how to use computing safely and responsibly.


The school believes that computing:


  • Gives pupils immediate access to a rich source of materials.
  • Can present information in new ways which help pupils understand, access and use it more readily.
  • Can motivate and enthuse pupils.
  • Can help pupils focus and concentrate.
  • Offers potential for effective group working.
  • Has the flexibility to meet the individual needs and abilities of each pupil.



How is computing implemented across the school? 


 Our computing curriculum is taught from Year 1 to Year 6 using Purple Mash. The skills that the children learn are built upon year on year until the end of KS2. The computing curriculum is divided up into three strands - Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. The children are taught computing discreetly during computing sessions. These statements are progressive and show the development and building of skills year on year. Units are spread out over the year and give the children access to a wide variety of programs, apps and technology.



E-safety is taught throughout the year and included within each unit. As a school we are very aware of the responsibility that we have to educate our children about staying safe online and because of this assemblies and E-Safety days are also very much a part of our curriculum. E-Safety is also integrated within our PSHE sessions throughout the school. 


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  • St Hilda's CE (VA) Primary School
  • Whittaker Lane, Prestwich, Manchester, Lancashire, M25 1HA
  • Email:
  • 0161 7986227