Scroll to content
Didcot Primary Academy home page


Primary Academy



At Didcot Primary Academy we intend to expose children to a range of technology and its wide variety of uses. Units are based around computing systems and networks, creating media, programming, data and information. We follow lesson from ‘Teach Computing’, a scheme with full links to the national curriculum built around an innovative progression framework. Children have lessons every week and throughout the year work with ipads, beebots and chrome books to develop their skills.



What to expect

Computing lessons begin with a clear learning intention and steps to success. Previous learning is recapped, and a clear explanation of specific terminology is then discussed. Sometimes during the main activity children are show how to use specific programs and other times they explore for themselves first. This could be anything from using computers to create artwork, make a podcast or design their own webpage. Children are then given a chance to implement their new learning before reflecting back on what they have learnt.  





 Autumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
NurseryAcross the year: Use a variety of digital technology;follow simple instructions, use age appropriate software.
ReceptionAcross the year: Know that digital technology is used for communication. Esafety introduction, inputing instructions into floor robots; use age appropriate software
Year 1

Computer systems and networks

Recognising technology in school and using it responsibly

Creating media

digital painting

Programming A - Moving a robot

 Writing short algorithms and programs for floor robots, and predicting program outcomes.




 Data and Information - Grouping data Exploring object labels, then using them to sort and group objects by properties.


Chrome books


Creating Media Digital writing 

Using a computer to create and format text, before comparing to writing non-digitally.

Chrome books


Programming B - Programming animations 

Designing and programming the movement of a character on screen



Year 2

Computer Systems and Networks - Information technology around us 

Identifying IT and how its responsible use improves our world in school and beyond

-Internet safety

-practise logging in

Chrome books


Creating Media - Digital photography 

Capturing and changing digital photographs for different purposes.



Programming A - Robot algorithms 

Creating and debugging programs, and using logical reasoning to make predictions.



Data and Information Pictograms 

Collecting data in tally charts and using attributes to organise and present data on a computer.


Ipads   Chrome books


Creating Media Digital music 

Using a computer as a tool to explore rhythms and melodies, before creating a musical composition.

Chrome books


Programming B - Programming quizzes 

Designing algorithms and programs that use events to trigger sequences of code to make an interactive quiz


Year 3

Computer Systems and Networks - Connecting computers Identifying that digital devices have inputs, processes, and outputs, and how devices can be connected to make networks.

Ipads   Chrome books


Creating Media - Desktop publishing 

Creating documents by modifying text, images, and page layouts for a specified purpose

Chrome books


Programming A - Sequencing sounds 

Creating sequences in a block-based programming language to make music

Chrome books


Data and Information Branching databases 

Building and using branching databases to group objects using yes/no questions

Chrome books


Creating Media Stop-frame animation Capturing and editing digital still images to produce a stop-frame animation that tells a story.



Programming B - Events and actions in programs Writing algorithms and programs that use a range of events to trigger sequences of actions.

Chrome books

Year 4

Computer Systems and Networks - The internet 

Recognising the internet as a network of networks including the WWW, and why we should evaluate online content.


Creating Media - Audio production 

Capturing and editing audio to produce a podcast, ensuring that copyright is considered.

Ipads   Chrome books


Programming A - Repetition in shapes

 Using a text-based programming language to explore count-controlled loops when drawing shapes

Chrome books


Data and Information Data logging 

Recognising how and why data is collected over time, before using data loggers to carry out an investigation.

Chrome books


Creating Media Photo editing 

Manipulating digital images, and reflecting on the impact of changes and whether the required purpose is fulfilled.

Ipads   Chrome books


Programming B - Repetition in games

 Using a block-based programming language to explore count-controlled and infinite loops when creating a game.

Chrome books

Year 5omputer Systems and Networks - Systems and searching Recognising IT systems in the world and how some can enable searching on the internet.

Creating Media - Video production 

Planning, capturing, and editing video to produce a short film



Using IMovie


Programming A - Selection in physical computing Exploring conditions and selection using a programmable microcontroller.

Chrome books 

Micro Bits


Data and Information Flat-file databases Using a database to order data and create charts to answer questions.

Chrome books


Creating Media Introduction to vector graphics Creating images in a drawing program by using layers and groups of objects.

Chrome books


Programming B - Selection in quizzes 

Exploring selection in programming to design and code an interactive quiz

Chrome books

Year 6

Computer Systems and Networks - Communication and collaboration

 Exploring how data is transferred by working collaboratively onlin


Creating Media - Webpage creation 

Designing and creating webpages, giving consideration to copyright, aesthetics, and navigation.

Chrome books


Creating Media 3D modelling 

Planning, developing, and evaluating 3D computer models of physical objects.

Chrome books


Programming A - Variables in games 

Exploring variables when designing and coding a game.

Data and Information Introduction to spreadsheets Answering questions by using spreadsheets to organise and calculate data

Programming B - Sensing movement 

Designing and coding a project that captures inputs from a physical device

Chrome books Microbits



Skills progression document Nursery- Year 6


Providing our pupils with high quality computing is something we pride ourselves with here at Didcot Primary Academy. As a result, we have seen high levels of engagement from the children and a large progression in their computing skills. Many children achieve the expected standard for computing. We have also implemented a ‘digital council’ where children organise school events such as internet safety day, monitor the care of equipment and impart knowledge to support the younger children.


Be Kind, Be Brilliant