Computing and E-Safety

Subject Overview

At Pine Ridge and Lorraine Federation (PRL), we feel that computing is an important aspect of training children to live in a world where technology is growing.  As a result, we believe it is essential that children be able to participate in the development of these new tools in order to fully understand the significance and possibilities of emerging technology, effectively preparing them for the future.

Curriculum Intent

In our schools we place a great importance on providing all students with a broad and balanced curriculum that will equip them with the information and skills they will need to progress at junior school and beyond.

Pine Ridge and Lorraine pupils will begin to understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices and develop their understanding and execution by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will work towards creating and debugging simple programs with greater independence and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.

At PRL technology is used purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content through a range of secure online platforms. Oracy opportunities are threaded throughout to widen the use of tier 2 and 3 vocabulary enabling all pupils to successfully take part in cross-curricular learning opportunities. Our pupils continue to recognise common uses of information technology beyond school and in the wider community.

Fundamentally, our children's safety online is our utmost priority. The use of technology is used safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private. We prioritise discussions identifying where to go for help and support when and if our children have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

Curriculum Implementation

At Pine Ridge and Lorraine, a variety of strategies are used to attain our objectives.

In line with Cordwalles Junior School, we have implemented the ‘TeachComputing’ scheme to allow for cohesion and consistency of the fundamental skills taught in each year group.  Our lessons are built on the previous unit of work, providing clear guidance on the coverage of the Computing National Curriculum.  All teachers ensure planning is based on a thorough understanding of children’s needs, building on the prior learning and accounting for children with SEND.  Each term, every class will focus on a historical figure or someone who is currently working in the field of technology and computing.  These inspirational individuals will bring life to each lesson and allow the children at Pine Ridge and Lorraine schools the opportunity to research, question and dive deeper into the evolution of technology.  Every child continues to have access to a range of technology including Chromebooks and iPads.  A range of applications are also used to enhance each lesson with an emphasis on cross curricular opportunities for example; art, music, photography, English and maths.

Curriculum Impact

At Pine Ridge and Lorraine Federation, children are taught fundamental skills that are developed and consolidated as they move through the school.  This will enable all children to implement early computing skills with increasing confidence and independence.  We ensure our Computing Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant for our cohort of children, allowing our pupils to develop their bank of skills in line with new and ever-changing technology terminology and equipment.  Pupils who attend PRL leave our schools being fully immersed into the world of technology, ready to take on more advanced software, broadening their skills, mindset and career aspirations.

What a ‘typical’ lesson looks like:

  • All lessons follow the same structure and build upon the previous lesson.

  • Teachers are aware of the specific vocabulary ahead of the lesson to allow for all our children to understand and achieve.

  • Lessons are adapted for each cohort ahead of the lesson to remove potential barriers for success.

  • The OLI (Our Learning Is…) is shared at the beginning of every lesson and the progression of the lessons is frequently shared and highlighted.

  • High expectations are kept to ensure all children respect the technology used in each lesson.

  • Children will begin by learning the basic components of digital devices, developing their understanding throughout their time at Pine Ridge and Lorraine, continuing through to Cordwalles Junior School.

  • Children will have opportunities to work in mixed ability groups/pairs or individually promoting a language rich curriculum.

  • Children will access a variety of platforms using different devices such as; Seesaw, Google Drive, Paint, Chrome Music Lab and Scratch.

  • Children will be supported to use appropriate websites and will understand how to safeguard themselves and their friends.

  • A wide range of specific vocabulary will be presented to the children during each lesson, building on previous knowledge.

  • Most lessons will contain a variety of short activities to embed the learning of new concepts.

  • At the end of each lesson the children will have an opportunity to use the ‘thumbs up’ rating evaluation to identify their thoughts and feelings on the concepts taught.

Teaching & Learning

  • Teachers are expected to teach computing explicitly at least one lesson per week or a double lesson every two weeks.  Skills should be developed throughout a variety of subjects alongside this.

  • Teachers will assess children's ability, adapting the lesson to suit each individual.

  • Children with SEND may be required to have additional resources or support i.e. visual prompts/instructions.

  • Teachers are aware of a range of resources to support learning; this should be easily accessed allowing for cross curricular links.

  • Computing vocabulary will be shared explicitly at the beginning of each lesson.

  • Each class has been allocated with a private, password protected Google Drive account.  The children will be able to access this in school to save any work completed on Google Drive.


Computing lessons are becoming more prominent with the world continuing to develop and frequently releasing new technology.  This is why, at PRL, we have flexible planning to allow for changes to be made to support children.  Teachers have the freedom to tailor each lesson to suit the needs of their class.  This has been seen from teachers making computing lesson class sizes smaller to allow for a personalised, supportive environment to provide additional time, resources and effective adult deployment.

We work with the child and school SENCo team to provide each child with the right support to allow them to flourish.  Computing leads itself naturally to many cross-curricular links.  This provides opportunities for consolidation of skills and application to make connections with life in the wider community.


The use of the internet is designed to improve and enrich learning activities across the curriculum.  However, we realise the significance of ensuring that all students, both in and out of school, are responsible and safe users of the Internet and other communication tools.  To safeguard all parties, instructions for appropriate Internet use in each classroom will be displayed during computing lessons.  To protect the children's safety, each class will be taught high quality, E-Safety lessons for using the Internet.

Home Learning

Children are set weekly homework tasks on Seesaw and whole school termly activities to allow Reception to Year 2 children to continue embedding skills learnt in school on the Seesaw app.

Useful Websites / Parent Guides

Setting Up a Device Safely for Kids

Links to Policies

Computing Overview

Computing Skills Progression KS1