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Computing at Horfield


Children are growing up in a rapidly-changing world of computing; computers and technology naturally excite them and our aim is to channel this enthusiasm into learning across the curriculum, whilst helping them to develop the computing skills they are going to need throughout their lives.  In addition to the great learning that happens, we place very high value on teaching the children the importance of keeping themselves safe when online.  In addition to an ‘e-safety week’ in February, these ‘e-safety’ lessons are taught in every year across the school through ICT lessons.


Here at Horfield, we pride ourselves on not only having a fully equipped Learning Zone but also a class set of iPads. This enables us to support learning in and out of the classroom. These devices provide access to learning software, online resources, and the internet which is accessed via our state of the art WIFI network. The ever-changing nature of ICT means that we are continuously looking at how we can improve the outcomes for the children at the school. We aim to keep up to date with changes in technology, and ways in which it moves forward.


We see computing  not only as a key to future learning, but also as an important element of daily living and so we aim to make every child proficient in its  use. 


Children in KS1 will:

  • Understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following a sequence of instructions.
  • Write and test simple programs.
  • Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.
  • Organise, store, manipulate and retrieve data in a range of digital formats.
  • Communicate safely and respectfully online, keeping personal information private and recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.


Children in KS2 will:

  • Design and write programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.
  • Use sequence, selections and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output; generate appropriate inputs and predicted outputs to test programs.
  • Use logical reasoning to explain how a simple algorithm works, detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.
  • Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.
  • Describe how internet search engines find and store data; use search engines effectively; be discerning in evaluating digital content; respect individuals and intellectual property; use technology responsibly, securely and safely.
  • Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.