“A computer is like a violin. You can imagine it making beautiful music, but you have to learn how to play it.”

Bill Gates

Intent Statement

At Loudwater Combined School, we strive to deliver a high-quality computing curriculum which allows our pupils to recognise the significance of digital technology in their everyday lives. We explicitly teach pupils the skills and knowledge they need to become creative, digitally literate, computational thinkers. The use of digital technology, especially computers and computer systems is an integral part of the National Curriculum and knowing how they work is a key life skill. In an increasingly digital word there now exists a wealth of software, tools and technologies that can be used to communicate, collaborate, express ideas and create digital content.


At Loudwater Combined School, we recognise that pupils are entitled to a broad and balanced computing education with a structured, progressive, cyclical approach to the learning of how computer systems work, programming, creating media and managing data and information. This provides our pupils with the skills necessary to become digitally literate and participate fully in the modern world.

Computing offers opportunities for pupils to:

  • Develop their ability to apply their digital literacy capability to support their use of language and communication skills;
  • Develop their digital literacy capability and understand the importance of information and how to select and prepare it;
  • Develop their computational thinking – the ability to solve problems in a creative, logical and collaborative way is developed through repeated programming opportunities and opportunities to build understanding and apply the concepts of computer science;
  • Become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology;
  • Develop skills involved in computer science, digital literacy and information technology;
  • Grow an awareness of how technology is used in the world around them and of the benefits that it provides;

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Computing key objectives

Computing skills progression

Computing knowledge progression