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Computing Champion: Mr Steer



My name is Mr Steer and I am the computing champion at Fairmeadows. I have always had a passion and love for computing which lasted throughout my school life and into A levels. In the ever developing world we live in, I believe that computing is a vital subject for all children of all ages and will be a lifelong skill the children will continue to build on throughout their school life.  Who knows, we may have some future game developers and coders in the making! 





At Fairmeadows Foundation Primary we believe that computing is an essential part of the national curriculum. Computing is an integral part of modern day life and therefore provides a wealth of learning opportunities and experiences, explicitly within computing and also across other curriculum subjects.


Computers have become a part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our daily lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational Thinking’ is a concept children must be taught in order to provide them with essential experiences that will enable them to participate effectively in the digital world.


At Fairmeadows we ensure that are children are safe and responsible when online therefore E safety is taught throughout all aspects of the computing curriculum. It is repeated and developed to ensure a deeper understanding of how it affects them and others in a digital world through stand-alone sessions, collective worships, PSHE sessions and school wide and national initiatives such as Safer Internet Day.



Aims and Goals:


 The national curriculum defines three clear aspects of computing curriculum: Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT) and Digital Literacy (DL). Children will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding in each area from the Foundation Stage to Year 6.


“The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.”


Computing in the Primary Curriculum – A Guide for Primary school Teachers by CAS NAACE





At Fairmeadows, we use the Wokingham scheme of learning alongside the Chris Quigley essentials curriculum in order to achieve the aims of the national curriculum. 


In Key Stage 1 the children will learn to understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will be taught to create and debug simple programs and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs. They will be shown how to use a range of technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content as well as recognise common uses of information technology beyond school. They will be taught to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. Each of these skills will be taught through exciting half termly units. 


In Key Stage 2 the children will design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.  They will use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs, use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and correct errors in algorithms and programs. Children will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. They will use search technologies effectively, learn to appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content. Children will be taught to select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals. They will use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable /unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.






Progression in computing will be assessed throughout each key stage through the children’s ability to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. We will assess the children through:


  • Observing children at work during weekly computing sessions.
  • Questioning the children in relation to their programme of study in order to assess their understanding and comprehension.
  • Assessment/marking the work produced by the children and discussion of their next steps.




Documents and useful links

Please see below a selection of documents and links that relate to the teaching of computing at Fairmeadows. If you require any additional information relating to the subject, them please contact the subject champion Mr Steer via the school office.


Espresso Coding


Scratch Jr

Purple Mash