Computing at Heyes Lane Primary School




In a world where technology is constantly evolving, the pupils of Heyes Lane will embrace it rather than be intimidated by it. Using the Kapow curriculum, alongside computing across the curriculum, encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy, we wish for our pupils to become creators and computer scientists who live and breathe technology. Our vision is that computing at HLPS flips the switch of excitement, intrigue and ingenuity in our learners. Through regular training opportunities, our staff also share the same vision and, by encouraging our teachers to try and embed computing across the whole curriculum, this becomes a whole school journey to make learning more creative, exciting and accessible. If we can provide opportunities in school for our pupils, who may not have these experiences outside of school, to use different forms of hardware and software, we may just kick start a life-long passion and a career for the future. 

It is our belief that the children first and foremost are taught how to use technology responsibly and safely; education is they key element in preventing the wide variety of issues we currently see with technology/social media. As educators, we need to face these issues head on and want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice with using technology. As a school, through our own social media uses, we model positive practice and showcase children’s learning throughout school. 

We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways. In conjunction with our themes, we want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding – we are constantly looking at ways to present work in a more creative way. This is in the hope that by the end of Key Stage 2, the children of HLPS have been exposed to a range of hardware, software and, most importantly, they have been switched on by computing.

Curriculum Content and Design

At Heyes Lane, we ensure all of our children are equipped and prepared for the digital world by following the broad and balanced Kapow curriculum. The Kapow computing scheme enables all learners to access the national curriculum, enhancing their knowledge, demonstrating a progression of skills which builds on from prior learning. Teaching computing both discretely as a subject, and through the wider curriculum allows the children to develop and embed their skills. Each class have termly computing objectives, these are taught discretely during computing lessons that cover 3 key areas; computer science, digital literacy and information technology.

Key Curriculum Areas 

Our lessons are categorised into five key areas, these are revisited in each year group making it clear to see prior and future learning.