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As well as being an important curriculum skill, Computing is also a vital life-skill in modern society. The development of Computing is rapidly changing both in homes and throughout the community. Its impact on the lives of individuals continues to grow and it is essential that our children can take advantage of its opportunities and understand its effects. Therefore, it is important that OPIS pupils gain the appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding to have the confidence and capability to use Computing throughout their lives.

Oldfield Park Infant School is well equipped for the teaching and development of computing skills. There are 15 laptops for class use as well as 16 ipads and 16 learnpads. The children have safe access to the internet and a range of programmes which help them to both develop their computing skills and to explore other areas of the curriculum. Each classroom has its own Interactive Whiteboard and at least two networked computers all of which are in daily use.


At Oldfield Park Infant School, we value Computing as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum, with our intention being that children are taught the skills and knowledge that enable them to become competent and independent users and creators within this area of learning. Discrete Computing lessons in KS1 provide the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills in a creative way. We continue to provide all children with the resources they need to access the curriculum and demonstrate the cross-curricular nature of this learning domain to enable them to see the possibilities open to them when applying their skills.


The teaching and implementation of the Computing Curriculum at Oldfield Park Infant School is covered by “Switched on Computing Scheme” in which the computing programmes of study of the National Curriculum are covered for KS1. Planning from this scheme ensures continuity throughout the year groups and that all key skills are covered throughout the academic year. The key skills in computing are planned to build upon the children’s prior learning.  Computing is not statutory in the EYFS, however, the childrne in reception have daily access to class computers with age appropriate programmes for them to develop their computer skills at their own pace.

 At OPIS our three key principles of learning are:

1. Digital Literacy

2. Information Technology

3. Computer Science


As part of a multi-academy trust we are fortunate to be part of an excellent support network, enabling us to share resources and experiences with colleagues, other Computing leads and specialist teachers. Formative assessment takes place throughout each lesson and teachers adjust planning accordingly to meet the needs of their class. Through moderation of planning, lessons, interventions and work, we can be sure that progress is made across all year groups. If progress is not being made, support is immediate and steps provided to ensure all pupils are set to achieve and make progress. Children’s progress and attainment is discussed with the subject lead in staff meetings and the multi-academy working parties allow for opportunities to share ideas on how to combat challenges being faced in both teaching and learning.  The teaching of Computing is monitored by the subject leader through lesson observations and discussions with class teachers.

Through the delivery of an inspiring and rich Computing curriculum, children are enabled to not only make progress through skills acquired but also to express themselves creatively using a range of software. In this way they are able to feel a sense of individuality and freedom, as they work with increasing responsibility and independence. 

As children develop their skills across the Computing curriculum, it is clear to see the positive impact that Computing has on both children's well-being and confidence in learning, as their access to the online world opens up. Children feel passionate about developing their interests in Computing and are encouraged to have high aspirations within their further Computing education and future careers.

The children’s work is celebrated throughout our school displays and during open evenings


Subject Documents Date  
Computing Policy 2022 23 Sep 2022 Download
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