Benedict Biscop Prince Bishop School Teaching Alliance Leading School
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With God All Things Are Possible

At Benedict Biscop we want our children to learn that with God all things are possible.  We want our children to aspire and to achieve highly. 

We want our children to develop expertise as Computer Scientists, develop expertise in information technology and be model digital citizens, developing knowledge and automaticity through the core element of computing which are computer science, information technology and digital literacy.


National 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

We believe that computing should develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become IT professionals and Computer Scientists:

  • A love of technology and understand a variety of technology that can be used for a range of different purposes.
  • To be patient and be able to problem solve to ensure that the technology is working correctly and effectively.
  • To be resilient and continue to correct and develop the way technology is used.
  • To be able to problem solve and find a solution to problems when using technology.
  • To think logically and work methodically to solving problems with technology.
  • To work collaboratively with other people, in person and online, to ensure that problems are solved.
  • To be creative and use a range of different software and programs to enhance and develop their work.
  • To use and apply computational thinking to the core elements of computing

Where does our curriculum start?

  • Our early years curriculum is the starting point for all subjects within the National Curriculum.
  • It ensures that all 7 areas of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage are covered within each National Curriculum subject area and the Early Learning Goals within each of these areas are able to be achieved.
  • Development Matters – Non-statutory curriculum guidance has been used to support the development of progression within our curriculum.  Staff are able to use the observation checkpoints to help identify any child who is at risk of falling behind, so they can plan effectively to ensure they reach age-related expectations and end of EYFS.  
  • In the curriculum below learning objectives have been identified to support the development of key knowledge to ensure our children are school ready for Year 1.
  • In order to challenge our pupils, we aim to provide a language rich environment, therefore subject specific vocabulary has been identified to support the development of communication and language across our full curriculum.  Within EYFS we use the EEF recommended tiered vocabulary approach.
  • Key texts have been identified through our reading spine and story cycle as a method for supporting our pupils to learn through stories.

The pillars of Computing

We have mapped out how our computing curriculum aligns to the National Curriculum pillars of Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy- at Benedict Biscop these are mapped out against our four unique curriculum strands which separate Digital Literacy into 2 separate areas for discrete teaching. Our Digital Safety strand ‘Online safety and appropriate use’ has been carefully mapped out across our Computing and Personal Development curriculum using the Project Evolve learning progression.

Our unique is designed to teach beyond the National Curriculum in order for our pupils to prepare them for the next stages of their education and beyond into adult life. As part of our bespoke curriculum, we explore the History of Computing to ensure our pupils understand what Computing was like in the past and be able to compare this to the present day.



Benedict Biscop promotes a curriculum that puts all pupils, regardless of their needs, at the heart of what we do. By building mutual respect, we accept others for their differences believing that everyone is special and everyone has something to offer. Our inclusive and enriching curriculum, written for all children, provides pupils with meaningful and aspirational experiences as well as promoting personal growth for life-long learning. When the curriculum needs adapting, to suit the needs of individual children, appropriate modifications are made by the class teacher with support of the SENDCo and the Curriculum Subject Lead.

Reading in Computing

Reading underpins all our curriculum. Key texts have been identified as part of our reading spine to help pupils learn about key knowledge in Computing through stories.

Computing in action

Digital Leaders

Our Digital Leader team consists of pupils from across the school who have shown a keen interest in computing and technology. The roles and responsibilities of our Digital Leaders are to be able to:

  • Be excellent online role models 
  • Support others across school to improve within Computing 
  • Be advocates for positive online behaviours 
  • Help those who have online issues 

“Our work is important because we believe that everyone should understand how to use technology effectively, appropriately and safely. As a team, we believe that we can support our peers and teachers to become active participants within the digital world.” 

Online Safety Week 

We celebrate Online Safety Week annually focusing on the them set out by UK Safer Internet Centre. This year’s theme was “Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online”.  Across the week children explored their online relationships, discussing and debating how to act appropriately, safely and positively online. 

Online Safety runs throughout everything we teach within Computing and cross-curricular learning as we believe that children need to be digitally literate in order to make safe, sensible and responsible decisions when online.  

Types of technology


MS TEAMS has become an integral part of our school life. MS TEAMS allows us to communicate and collaborate across other schools within the Trust and take part in video conferences across all areas of the curriculum.  

Our pupil leaderships use MS TEAMS regularly to work collaboratively, for example, our Digital Leaders meet termly to discuss how we can stay safe online as well as sharing ideas they have. 

Software & Applications 

Within school we use a range of applications to improve the fluency and automaticity of our pupils. These applications include: 

  • Online Learning- Showbie and MS TEAMs 
  • Document Creation- Pages and MS Word 
  • Presentation Creation- Keynote and MS PowerPoint 
  • Data Handling- Numbers, Socrative and MS Excel 
  • Film Making- Camera, Clips and iMovie 
  • Sound recording- Voice memo and Garageband 
  • Coding and Programming- EYFS: Bee Bot and DaisytheDinosaur, KS1: DaisytheDinosaur, Bee Bot and ScratchJr, KS2: ScratchJr, Hopscotch, Microbits and Swift Playground 

Investing in Technology 

At Benedict Biscop, we strive to become an Apple Distinguished school and as part of journey we have invested in devices. Every child in Year 1 to Year 6 has access to their own iPad and these are used across all areas of the curriculum. This allows us to ensure children are constantly improving their automaticity by using what they learn in Computing with other areas of the curriculum.  

We have also invested in a range of programming hardware so pupils can have a hands on and practical approach to programming. We have invested in Bee Bots, Probots and Microbits in order for our pupils to be exposed to a range of programming hardware. 

Useful links to further learning

BBC Bitesize KS1 –

BBC Bitesize KS2 –

SCRATCH Coding –


Interested in finding out more?

If you would like to find out more about our curriculum. Please contact the school office by emailing and we will ask a member of staff to get back in touch a.s.a.p.

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