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What does 'Computing' mean?


There are three clear aspects of the Primary Computing Curriculum:


  • Computer Science (CS),
  • Information Technology (IT) 
  • Digital Literacy (DL)


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. ( CAS Primary Computing )

Primary Computing National Curriculum

How is this taught at Alumwell Junior School?


At Alumwell, we have chosen to use the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work from Year 3 to Year 6. The scheme of work supports our teachers in delivering fun and engaging lessons which help to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve to their full potential. We are confident that the scheme of work more than adequately meets the national vision for Computing. It provides immense flexibility, strong cross-curricular links and integrates perfectly with the wider curriculum here at Alumwell. 

In addition to these units we offer further authentic projects that promote opportunities for cooperation and creativity.


These projects include:


  • Using a variety of iPad apps to produce multi-media projects.
  • Using Chromebooks to work collaboratively in a range of subject areas.
  • Creating a 3D virtual art gallery  to showcase finished pieces of work in an art topic.
  • Using the green screen to bring learning to life.

Year 4 Computer Art

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Year 4 used MSW Logo, a programming software to design and create stunning flowers.

Year 5 Computer Art

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As part of their topic 'Landscapes', Year 5 created beautiful art in the Pointillism style.

The National Curriculum for Computing in Years 3 to 6

If you require a paper copy of any curriculum information, please contact the school office.

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