Curriculum Vision for Technology Education at Ferndale Primary School

In computing at Ferndale Primary School, we focus on the golden thread throughout our curriculum. We ensure that our learning encapsulates first-hand experiences, the vocabulary  and language is enriched, we focus on purpose as well as provide life skills and deepen knowledge of the technological world. We also have a clear focus on internet safety. 

At Ferndale Primary School, our computing curriculum is built on the foundation of empowering students to become confident, creative, and responsible digital citizens. We strive to deliver a comprehensive education that encompasses not just technical skills in computer science and information technology, but also a deep understanding of digital literacy. This approach ensures our students are adept at navigating and shaping the digital world in a responsible manner.

We recognise the importance of technology as a tool for empowerment, creativity, and innovation. By integrating technology across various learning contexts, we enable our students to make informed and responsible choices in their digital interactions. Our curriculum aligns with the National Curriculum, offering a diverse range of subjects through both Key Stages 1 and 2. We utilise the TEACH computing scheme to influence our pedagogy, ensuring that our students gain exposure to computer science, information technology, and digital literacy.

A key component of our curriculum is safe and responsible digital citizenship. We prioritise teaching our students about online safety and ethical behaviour in the digital realm, empowering them to understand and navigate the complexities of the online world responsibly. Through programs like PROJECT Evolve, we prepare, guide, and develop a sense of both caution and interest in the world wide web.

In addition, we place a strong emphasis on Practical application and real-world relevance. Utilising both PROJECT Evolve and the TEACH computing curriculum, we provide real-world context and address current digital issues, ensuring that our students can apply their learning in practical scenarios. This approach not only enhances their understanding but also cements their skills in meaningful ways.

Assessment and progress tracking are integral to our curriculum. We systematically assess student progress with tailored approaches, ensuring comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the National Curriculum. Through key progress indicators for each year group, we ensure that our students meet age-related expectations, tracking their development effectively.

Lastly, our vision extends to fostering long-term impact and lifelong skills. We are dedicated to cultivating skills and knowledge that prepare our students for a future in an increasingly digital world. Our goal is for students to leave Ferndale Primary School as computer-literate, digitally savvy individuals, equipped to use technology to enhance learning across all subjects and facets of life. We are committed to creating a generation of creators, capable of using technology not just as consumers, but as innovators and responsible digital citizens.


Subject Vision (Intent, Implementation, Impact):

At Ferndale, it is our intent that all children will be ‘lifelong learners’ with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding when meeting new challenges. Computing is an ever-growing, integral part of life for us all and will play an ever-growing part in our children’s futures.  Ferndale will provide our children with the skills, creativity, enthusiasm and the understanding of safety to live and thrive in a world increasingly dependent on computing.

Children will be aware of all the possible risks when using the internet, computers and electronic devices. They will understand the necessary precautions to take, to stay safe and know where to seek help.  No child will feel threatened or unsafe whilst using the Internet at school or at home. Children will also utilise the Internet efficiently to enhance their learning of all subjects. Parents and children will be given any information necessary to keep them safe online both inside school and at home.

It is the school’s intent that standards of attainment across the school will exceed that which are expected of our children nationally. At Ferndale, we will continuously assess the implementation and impact of up-to-date technologies, in order to achieve these outstanding results across all-year groups. Children will be able to write and debug code successfully and with confidence, using a variety of languages. Extra-curricular groups will foster passion and creativity for computing.  We will ensure all staff will be confident users and teachers of all relevant software and hardware available.

We will endeavour to ensure we have access to the most effective and emerging technologies. Our school website and social media pages will continue to showcase the excellent work being carried out by our children.

Please click here for the national curriculum for computing.

 Year 1 

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4 

Year 5

Year 6 

Project EVOLVE