At Hemlington Hall Academy we believe that computing is an essential part of our curriculum. Computing is an integral part of modern day life and therefore provides a wealth of learning opportunities, explicitly within computing and also across other curriculum subjects. Through the study of computing, children are able to develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that they will need for the rest of their lives. Computers are a part of everyday life with technology being essential to our daily lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught in order to provide them with essential knowledge and skills that will enable them to participate effectively in the digital world.


  • Children are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
  • Children can appropriately choose to use technology as a tool for learning – and have the skills to do so, ready for Key Stage 2
  • Children are able to use a range of applications and programs, so their use across the wider curriculum does not hinder learning – regardless of the equipment that the children may, or may not have at home
  • Children understand what algorithms are, how to create, manipulate and program devices and that when they go wrong, they need debugging
  • Know the key knowledge identified in each unit, so that they have a firm knowledge base to study when leaving Primary School
  • Children are digitally literate: they use digital platforms safely, securely and efficiently applying these skills to all their onlines activities.

Our Computing Curriculum at Hemlington Hall Academy

Our Online Safety Curriculum at Hemlington Hall Academy

National Curriculum

Key Stage 1

• design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
• use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
• use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to 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
• use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
• select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
• use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

Key Stage 2

• understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
• create and debug simple programs
• use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
• use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
• recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
• 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.