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Bolton Primary School

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Computing at Bolton


Subject Lead: Debbie Tinkler

Monitoring Governor: Neil Austin


We believe that computers are an integral part of everyday life for both children and adults. It is our duty to prepare our pupils not only to feel confident with the technology, but to view it as yet another tool in communication to be explored and exploited. We want the children to feel at ease and effective in a computer rich world, to develop the information skills children need now in education and provide a foundation for later life.


At Bolton Primary School, we have a good supply of up to date laptops and iPads. We have 36 laptops in school and 10 owned iPads and 20 leased iPads. We invested in twenty more laptops (summer 2020) and 20 leased iPads to enhance our quality of teaching and learning in Computing. There are interactive whiteboards in all classrooms and a new projector and screen in the hall.


We also have a range of software that covers both the requirements of the National Curriculum for Computing and which also supports other subject areas. We know the vital role that computers will have in children’s lives and we aim to ensure that they become confident and able users of technology and its various applications, including email, coding and the internet. We are also very aware that we need to help our children stay safe online and this is prioritised at Bolton – for more information see out Internet Safety Advice on our school’s website.


In Computing at Bolton Primary School, we give the children the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in Computing. Computing teaches skills of sequencing and logic including debugging and working together. As well as Computing in stand-alone lessons, we use technology in many ways throughout school. We develop the children’s understanding of how to use resources online and stay safe online. We use technology in other subject areas to enhance our curriculum.


From the beginning of school, children learn about logic and sequencing from the use of Beebots to using computer programmes on the laptops, which allow the children to gain their first programming skills for testing and debugging. The children progress to using apps such as Scratch Jr to develop their skills. In KS2 children continue to use Scratch and other software to develop their programming and debugging skills. They also can design and create their own apps.


Children are given the opportunity to practice their typing and processing skills. They all are taught and develop skills in managing all their own files and folders through accessing their own personal accounts.


Children should leave school understanding the logical approach needed to become competent programmers. They should have acquired the knowledge and skills to be able to use a variety of computer hardware and applications or programs on that hardware.


Every pupil will have used computing to enhance their knowledge across the curriculum and developed skills that allow them to continue to do this. All children will have been regularly made aware of how to use the internet safely and responsibly.




The aim is for the school to develop a whole school approach to Computing with the proper integration of Computers across the curriculum in line with National Curriculum guidelines.


Computers are part of the school’s core provision with influence on all aspects of a pupil’s learning.


In particular, the computer is a tool for the teacher, which can be used to enhance the learning experience and to support traditional classroom activities.


Our aim in using computers is that the children will:


  • Develop a range of computing skills and the ability to apply these skills.
  • Make creative use of the technology.
  • Enjoy using computers.
  • Be discerning over their choice of when to use computers.
  • Feel confident about their skills when the technology doesn’t work or goes wrong.


The National Curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all children:


  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms, and data representation.
  • Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
  • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.


Teaching and Learning


1.The children will learn to use a wide range of computing tools for communicating information and analysis including word processors, desk top publishing programmes, data handling packages, draw and painting software, picture collections, spreadsheets, logo, adventure and simulation games, C.D. ROM encyclopaedia and Scratch and Kodu.


2. They will have frequent use of the computers so they can practise and develop their skills.


3. Computing is integrated into the planned topic work and emphasis is placed on progression and continuity following the new national curriculum.


4. Children will have the opportunity to complete Computing Foundation homework linked to the key objectives taught in computing in the current term. There will also be many chances for children to use Computing in many cross-curricular activities both in planned curriculum sessions and in homework activities.


5. Computing lessons take priority over other lessons in terms of laptops and iPads e.g. when Computing is timetabled there is an expectation that the class can access the laptops and iPads.



Early Years


Children will be given the opportunity to recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as home and schools. They will be able to select and use technology for particular purposes and complete simple programs.





There are 3 desktop computers with keyboards available for the children to work on in the classroom and a laptop trolley with over 30 computers, wirelessly networked. The children have access to 10 iPads located in KS2 and 20 iPads on lease.


Within KS1, pupils are taught to:


  • Understand what algorithms are.
  • Create and debug simple programs.
  • Use logical reasoning to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
  • Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
  • Use technology safely and respectfully.


Children are supported by classroom helpers, parents and students when necessary and record their use of the computer through work saved on server.




There are two laptop trolleys with 36 computers, wirelessly networked, that are available for all pupils in the school. There are 10 owned and 20 leased iPads that are used in KS2.


In the classroom the children use computers and laptops to learn computer programming, through the use of ‘Scratch’ and ‘KODU’, and word processing using Microsoft Word and Publisher. The children can produce multimedia presentations using PowerPoint.


Children become skilful at loading, using, saving and/or printing their work thoughtfully.


Interactive whiteboards are installed & networked in all classrooms


Within KS2, pupils are taught to:


  • Design, write and debug programs.
  • Use sequence, selection and repetition in programs.
  • Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work.
  • Understand computer networks including the internet.
  • Use search technologies effectively.
  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly.


The teaching method at this school encourages the sharing of work and emphasises cross-curricular links. Whenever possible computer work encourages collaborative work and the sharing of information and expertise. It facilitates group work, when pupils will share an idea and work on the computer together and motivates children of all abilities.




Pupils work on their own or in twos for word processing.


There is specialist teaching of computing when and if it is needed for the reinforcement of skills or the introduction of new computer resources.


  • All children, as early as possible, are introduced to the basic skills of using the computer and the keyboard.
  • Word processing is the most common application.
  • As they progress children are expected to use computers appropriately.
  • Computer work produced by the pupils is displayed around the school to enhance presentation skills and to be seen as a natural part of the pupil’s experience in preparation for a computer rich society.


Teaching and Learning


All children will study Computing one session per week. The knowledge, skills and understanding will be taught within Computing topics to ensure continuity and progression through the two key stages and to provide a sound structure on which to build as they continue to KS3. The children will generally work in small groups and the lesson content will be pitched to the children’s individual needs, interests and abilities.   Where possible cross curricular links will be made to enhance the meeting of objectives. All units will be planned and monitored by teaching staff.




Those with particular special needs may have extra support for the activities or the language content altered. Resources will be modified to be accessed more easily, where appropriate. Often children are accessing the learning at their own pace which is monitored, and more able children can and are encouraged to deepen and show mastery in their learning. E.g. by teaching others, explaining their methods and strategies or finding alternatives. They will also have the opportunity to use devices such as the Raspberry Pi equipment.  




There will be a unit assessment at the end of the block of learning based on key learning objectives. Assessment will also take place informally through observation, open questioning, discussions and marking children’s work. This information will be recorded on our school’s foundation tracking sheets and shared termly with parents.


Evaluation, Monitoring and Review


This policy is a working document and should be updated every two years.


The subject lead is Debbie Tinkler (w.e.f. September 2020) and the current governor with responsibility for Computing is Neil Austin. 


The Computing policy was reviewed Summer 2020 and will be reviewed again Summer 2022.