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In September 2012, the current Programmes of Study for Information and Communication Technology and associated Attainment Targets were disapplied by the government which means that schools are currently allowed to choose their own programmes of study. 

At Denbigh, ICT still remains a compulsory part of the curriculum and is taught to pupils at all key stages in both ICT lessons and as part of their cross-curricular studies.  


Aims - our curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Can 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.


Scheme of Work

We use Rising Stars Switched on Computing.   See table below:




Unit Summary

Computing Programme

of Study focus

Year 1 – Autumn 1

We are treasure hunters

Using programmable toys


Year 1 – Autumn 2

We are TV chefs

Filming the steps of a recipe

Computational thinking

Year 1 – Spring 1

We are painters

Illustrating an eBook


Year 1 – Spring 2

We are collectors

Finding images using the web

Computer networks

Year 1 – Summer 1

We are storytellers

Producing a talking book


Year 1 – Summer 2

We are celebrating

Creating a card electronically






Year 2 – Autumn 1

We are astronauts

Programming on screen


Year 2 – Autumn 2

We are game testers

Exploring how computer games work

Computational thinking

Year 2 – Spring 1

We are photographers

Taking, selecting and editing digital images


Year 2 – Spring 2

We are researchers

Researching a topic

Computer networks

Year 2 – Summer 1

We are detectives

Communicating clues


Year 2 – Summer 2

We are zoologists

Recording bug hunt data






Year 3 – Autumn 1

We are programmers

Programming an animation


Year 3 – Autumn 2

We are bug fixers

Finding and correcting bugs in programs

Computational thinking

Year 3 – Spring 1

We are presenters

Videoing performance


Year 3 – Spring 2

We are bloggers

Making and sharing a short screen cast presentation

Computer networks

Year 3 – Summer 1

We are communicators

Communicating safely on the internet


Year 3 – Summer 2

We are opinion pollsters

Collecting and analysing data






Year 4 – Autumn 1

We are software developers

Developing a simple educational game


Year 4 – Autumn 2

We are toy designers

Prototyping an interactive toy

Computational thinking

Year 4 – Autumn 3

We are musicians

Producing digital music


Year 4 – Autumn 4

We are HTML editors

Editing and Writing HTML

Computer networks

Year 4 – Autumn 5

We are co-authors

Producing a wiki


Year 4 – Autumn 6

We are meteorologists

Presenting the weather






Year 5 – Autumn 1

We are game developers

Developing an interactive game


Year 5 – Autumn 2

We are cryptographers

Cracking codes

Computational thinking

Year 5 – Autumn 3

We are artists

Fusing geometry and art


Year 5 – Autumn 4

We are web developers

Creating a web page about cyber safety

Computer networks

Year 5 – Autumn 5

We are bloggers

Sharing experiences and opinions


Year 5 – Autumn 6

We are architects

Creating a virtual space






Year 6 – Autumn 1

We are adventure gamers

Making a text-based adventure game


Year 6 – Autumn 2

We are computational thinkers

Mastering algorithms for searching, sorting and mathematics

Computational thinking

Year 6 – Autumn 3

We are advertisers

Creating a short television advert


Year 6 – Autumn 4

We are network engineers

Exploring computer networks including the internet

Computer networks

Year 6 – Autumn 5

We are travel writers

Using media and mapping to document a trip


Year 6 – Autumn 6

We are publishers

Creating a year book