Our Computing curriculum

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Our Computing curriculum

Following the disapplication of the ICT curriculum, we set about designing our Computing curriculum. Our work in developing a Computing  Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2, and an initial supporting resources: ‘A guide to teaching programming’ has since grown into a full programming and computer networks schemes of lessons, both of which can be purchased below.  

The schemes have already received fantastic feedback from teachers and ICT/Computing coordinators across the country who are combining them with their existing ICT provision to help ensure coverage of the new Computing curriculum. A selection of feedback from teachers appears below and in the comments to this page.

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“The curriculum is fantastic. What an amazing effort. This overview is detailed enough to show us the way forward without frightening everyone off.”

 “Your work has made the Computing curriculum much more cohesive and am now looking forward to showing it to my colleagues upon our return to work!”

 “I am a complete programming novice but thanks to his great ideas and SOW I love teaching computing and even understand what an algorithm is!”

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  • Six-week programing units for Years 1 – 6
  • Detailed individual lesson plans with: learning objectives; lesson summaries; comprehensive lesson descriptions; differentiated activities with all resources; open questions to aid assessment
  • Terminology busting teacher notes
  • Video tutorials to support teachers when planning
  • Assessment grids to track pupils’ progress
  • Overview mapping content against national curriculum objectives
  • Our scheme uses entirely free software for delivery such as Scratch and Kodu
  • Two versions of the Key Stage 1 scheme: one for schools using iPads with their pupils and one for schools without iPads.

The complete programming scheme costs just £95

Download a sample: Year 1 Sample Year 5 Sample

Please note – We now sell the planning from our ‘Programming scheme’ by individual year group. This is available to purchase on our Year group planning page.

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If you would prefer to purchase any of our schemes via invoice as opposed to the PayPal options below, simply email Jon at primarycomputinguk@gmail.com stating which scheme you would like to purchase and your school address. The resources will be returned via email. Company details for raising an order: Primary Computing Limited. 16 Heathfield Drive, Swinton, Manchester, M27 5LW. Not VAT registered.

To purchase the scheme for Key Stage 1 and 2 for £95 with the iPad version for Key Stage 1, please click the PayPal link below.

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To purchase the scheme for Key Stage 1 and 2 for £95 with the non-iPad version for Key Stage 1, please click the PayPal link below.

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To purchase the Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) programming scheme (iPad version) for £35  please click the PayPal button below.

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To purchase the Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) programming scheme (non-iPad version) for £35 please click the PayPal button below.

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To purchase the Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) programming scheme for £75 please click the PayPal button below.

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At key stage 2, pupils are required to learn about computer networks, including the internet, and the services such networks can offer. Our computer networks scheme covers this requirement and includes:

  • 3/4 week units for Years 3 – 6
  • Detailed individual lesson plans with: learning objectives; lesson summaries; comprehensive lesson descriptions; differentiated activities with all resources; open questions to aid assessment
  • Terminology busting teacher notes
  • Assessment grids to track pupils’ progress
  • Uses entirely free software for delivery 
  • Is dispatched immediately via email.

The complete computer networks scheme costs just £45

Download a sample here: Year 4 Computer Networks Sample

Please note – We now sell the planning from our ‘Computer networks scheme’ by individual year group. This is available to purchase on our Year group planning page.

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To purchase the Key Stage 2 Computer Networks scheme for £45 please click the PayPal button below or email primarycomputinguk@gmail.com providing your school address to purchase by invoice. Resources will be returned via email immediately. Company details for raising an order: Primary Computing Limited.16 Heathfield Drive, Swinton, Manchester, M27 5LW. Not VAT registered.

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If you have any questions or comments about our schemes, please email Jon at primarycomputinguk@gmail.com. Many thanks.

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JC Jon is a Class Teacher and Computing Leader at a primary school in Manchester. He is passionate about helping schools transition from ICT to Computing and delivers computing CPD with teachers nationally, as well as working with trainee teachers at The University of Manchester.

Primary Computing Ltd. Not VAT registered.

 

45 responses on “Our Computing curriculum

  1. Hey Chip, it’s Claudine from the Manchester PGCE, don’t know if you remember me. I’m ICT co-ordinator at my school, and just wanted to say these documents are amazing! Great job!

    • Hi Claudine,

      Sure how are you? 🙂 Thanks for the positive feedback. Where are you teaching? I’ve been working with schools to help develop the new Computing curriculum so if you would like any help (advice staff meeting/inset etc) please drop me an email jchippindall@gmail.com

      Chip

      • I’m good thanks, teaching in Middleton at the moment. I remember your school, it was one of my teaching placements!
        I can see you’re doing some amazing work with the new computing curriculum, and I know the help would be much needed – got to admit I find it a bit daunting, never having learnt computing or coding. Thanks for those progressive computing units again, they save me hours of work (as they must have taken you!), I’ll definitely take you up on that offer!
        If you’d like another link school from Middleton, I’m definitely up for it! My email’s claudine88@hotmail.co.uk.

        Thanks!

      • You’re welcome re the units and don’t feel daunted it really isn’t scary. best thing to do is download Scratch and have a go at one of the tutorials in the How to teach programming booklet.

        Will email you of any developments/working groups 🙂

  2. Hi.
    Your resources for computing and programming are amazing! I work in a Primary school in Bury, north Manchester, and teach ICT right across school. I am therefore responsible for planning and delivering it all!!! Am I really ok to use your work for my programming units? Seems you have done what would have taken me hours and hours and hours, never havin done any sort of programming before!!
    Thanks
    Hazel

    • Hi Hazel,

      Thanks for your positive feedback. Of course please feel free to use and adapt any of the material here and let me know how you get on using it in your school 🙂

      I’ve just updated the programming curriculum so will email you an updated version.

      If you have any questions on anything programming related please get in touch and I’ll do my best to help.

      Jon

  3. Dear Jon I am so happy that I stumbled upon your work! Having read the units I now need to go away and ensure we have the software to deliver them. I look look forward to learning anew!
    Mary

  4. Hi there,
    Just stumbled upon your website when looking for help planning for the new computing curriculum!! Your work is amazing and so much help, it has made the computing curriculum much more cohesive and am now looking forward to showing it to my colleagues upon our return to work! I am the ICT (computing) co-ordinator at school and this has been a god send, especially all the links the ipad apps as I have just raised enough money to buy our school some of those! Brilliant work, thank you very much 🙂

    Heather

  5. Hi Doc, Great work here. I am ICT coordinator at a junior academy in Birmingham. I was wondering whether we could speak over the phone? Or do you just respond/communicate via this blog/email?
    Samir

  6. Really useful documents here, thank you for publishing them onto your site. I would be interested in any updated documents you have done since. I am ICT Subject Leader at school in Gloucestershire- I will be sharing your documents in my staff meeting tomorrow, thank you once again.

  7. Fantastic resources and very generous of you to make them publicly available and freely adapted to other school settings. I found your computing blog by chance – I hope you don’t mind if I promote you to others in my borough (Windsor & Maidenhead). My school is a large Junior School and i’ve just become responsible for IT as the curriculum changes! I’ll be following your blog with interest … Gerry

  8. Hi this is great. having just read the new curriculum I am so completely daunted by the whole thing! Does anyone know of any forums where we can share our learning and experiences?

  9. These are fantastic documents. Are you happy for me to share them at our staff meeting as I have recently taken over as ICT subject leader. The Computing Skills progression looks amazing – just what I was looking for. Thank you for taking the time to create such fantastic resources. 🙂

  10. Like those above I found you by happy accident via a twitter feed. The curriculum is fantastic. What an amazing effort. Like many others I am a relative IT novice saddled with the job of inspiring the rest of the staff who have even less confidence than me! This overview is detailed enough to show us the way forward without frightening everyone off.
    Thanks again. I will be visiting your blog regularly.

  11. Hi a useful document. Thanks. Quick question, where have you got the effective learner objectives from?

      • Currently, it’s just a disagreeable thin client. I can run Scratch but not Kodu. Office programs are okay until you try to use media and be creative. No tablets. Graphics are a problem, can’t even run Sweethome3D online as it can’t display the graphics. Any alternatives would be very much appreciated!

      • Just a fairly limited thin client, no tablets, graphic capabilities are very poor, will be able to run Scratch but Kodu and web-based packages are all out because the graphics can’t cope. I do like the look of having a go with Python though!

  12. Wow! Amazing resources and complete progression. I am an ICT sorry Computing coordinator and grappling with all these new changes. I would really appreciate it if I could use these in my school – a little school in Hendon, London.

  13. Thank you so much for all your hard work.
    I too, like many others on here, have the very daunting task of introducing the new ICT curriculum (computing) in my school. The resources that you have produced will hopefully help to make this easier. There is very limited help avaliable to support schools with implementing this massive overhual to the ICT curriculum. Many thanks again.

  14. This is just wonderful. I have just been made ICT coordinator and didn’t know where to start with the new curriculum. Thank you for making my life so much easier. We are a small school with mixed year-group classes, so I will need to create a SOW that ensures the children cover everything, but this is a great document on which to build. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  15. Hi there,

    Just wanted to say I found your document from the Tim Rylands tweet and am so glad I bothered to look – it’s amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your hard work! I’m Assistant Head, Literacy subject leader and ICT subject leader in a fairly small school and only work part-time so this will be a life-saver. I can’t thank you enough. We also have ipads and mac desktops so it will be good to have a curriculum that incorporates both. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. The computing element is by far the most daunting . . .

  16. Amazing resource here, thank you so much! As lots of people mentioned above I am also new to being Computing Co-ordinator so this has helped massively! We currently do not have any ipads, do you know of any software/online resources we could use instead?
    Thanks!

  17. I am lucky enough to work at school with Jon and I am a complete programming novice but thanks to his great ideas and SOW I love teaching computing and even understand what an algorithm is!

  18. Hi Chip, I was on the manchester PGCE same year as you, however you probably don’t remember me. I found this through twitter and I am currrently taking over ICT within my school in London where I have recently moved to. I will be interested in purchasing this from you, Will you be producing a scheme of programming lessons for KS2? They look great for a me as my school is rather behind in the ICT world!
    Thanks
    Natalie

    • Hey Natalie. Good to hear from you. Yes there will be a full KS2 scheme coming soon. I am writing it at the moment and hope to publish early February. I’ve just emailed you with details of purchasing the 1,2,3 Sow.

      Chip

  19. Hi Jon!

    All I can say the Computer Science and Computer Networks Schemes of Work are superb! Thanks, they have really helped me plan how we deliver these elements in our school! These backed up by the fab stuff you are clearly adding to Barefoot are making the Computing Curriculum something to be proud of! I am looking to develop HTML with CSS later this year for my Y6 class depending how they go next term with HTML. Can I send anything I do to you later in the year?

    Cheers, Gary

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