Horsforth Newlaithes

At our school we want pupils to be masters of technology and not slaves to it. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in students' lives. We are mindful of pupil’s access to technology and, in order to ensure inclusivity for all, are able to provide IT support for pupils outside of school when required (diversity). We want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and our broad curriculum encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy reflects this. We want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice with using technology and as a school we utilise technology to model positive use. We recognise that the best prevention for a lot of issues we currently see with technology/social media is through education in online safety which is a termly priority in each year group. We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways.
Our knowledge rich curriculum has to be balanced with the opportunity for pupils to apply their knowledge creatively which will in turn help our pupils become skilful computer scientists. We will also educate our pupils on the environmental impact of technology. We encourage staff to try and embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible. We want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding and hope by Upper Key Stage 2, children have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.

We have created a comprehensive progression document for staff to follow to best embed and cover every element of the computing curriculum encompassing the three strands of computer science, digital literacy and information technology. The knowledge and skills taught through our long term plan build year on year to deepen and challenge our learners.

Our threshold concepts of information technology, computer science and digital literacy see children amass a series of progressive skills underpinned by our knowledge categories: online safety, the Internet, basic skills and awareness of audience, which are weaved throughout the curriculum.

Information Technology Computer Science Digital Literacy
Basic skills/typing (Purple Statements on LTP) Programming/coding Self-image and Identity
Presentations/ebook Online Relationships
Animation Online Reputation
Photography and digital art Online Bullying
Databases Managing Online Information
Sound Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle
Privacy and Security
Copyright and Ownership

Children will leave Horsforth Newlaithes Primary School ready for the next stage in their learning at secondary school. The computing curriculum will have provided a range of knowledge and skills to support them in their future endeavours. The children will be able to work collaboratively with their peers and independently as inquisitive learners who are motivated to excel and who have a thirst for learning. The children will have a strong desire to embrace challenge and to be resilient learners. Our computing curriculum will also enable our pupils to become good citizens and demonstrate an appreciation for others, displaying respect for all when accessing the online community.

Threshold Concepts Knowledge Categories

Information technology

Computer science

Digital literacy

Online Safety


Basic skills (saving, logging on, word processing etc)

Awareness of audience


Click here to download our intent statement for computing

Click here to download our long plan plan for computing

Click here to download our skills progression document for computing