Our Vision

At Heckmondwike Primary School, we understand that technology is ever changing and we are develpoping skills amongst our pupils for jobs that may not exist yet. Technology is an integral part of society and has the capacity to change lives. Our high quality computing curriculum enables us to prepare our pupils to thrive in a society transformed by technology. 


Our Aims

At Heckmondwike Primary, we deliver a computing curriculum that creates children who:


  • Understand how to keep themselves safe online
  • Can use technology to find, explore, analyse and present data
  • Understand the basics of programming, with skills to input and debug algorithms
  • Are fluent in their use of a range of technology, including iPads, Chromebooks and Laptops
  • Have the relevant skills to use technology in all areas of the curriculum

How Computing is Taught

At Heckmondwike, computing is taught weekly across the school. We use resources from the Teach Computing Curriculum, provided by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), which aligns closely to the National Curriculum.

Each half term begins with a focus on E-Safety, ensuring children understand, at an age-appropriate level, how they can keep themselves safe online. 

The remainder of the curriculum is taught through the three main strands of computing: Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology. 

We ensure that pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation (Computer Science)
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems (Computer Science)
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems (Information Technology)
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. (Digital Literacy)


Online Safety

Alongside our E-safety curriculum at school, Parents/Carers have a vital role to play in reinforcing the messages about staying safe online. We regularly update parents/carers on the latest advice regarding online platforms and games and how to keep their children safe when using these. 

To further help us keep our children safe online, we also insist on each child's parent/carer, signing an acceptable use policy . Please click the links below for the online policy and acceptable use policies.

On-line safety Policy




AUP Staff

AUP Supply Staff / visitors

Electronic Communication Guidance


Please click on the links below for further help/advice on how to ensure your child stays safe online.

Smoothwall Safety Hub

Qustudio Ap

Whole School Curriculum Overview - Computing


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn 1

Online Safety – Self Image and Identity/Online Bullying


How do we use technology responsibly?

Online safety – Copyright and Ownership.


How do we create a piece of research using word?


Online Safety- Self-image and Identity.


What is a computer network?


Online Safety-

Self- Image and Identity.

How can I create a podcast?

Links to Art & Topic

Digital Art (Dot painting)

Online Safety – Copyright and Ownership


Computer networks and internet research: How do computers help us work collaboratively?

Online Safety – Privacy and secutity


How are variables used in Scratch?

Autumn  2

Online Safety – Online Relationships.



What tools can we use to create a digital painting?

Online safety – Online Bullying.


How is technology uses in the world around us?

Online Safety- Online Relationships.


How do we create a story based animation?



Online Safety- Online Relationship and Reputation.


How can digital images be changed and edited?

Online Safety – Self-image and identity/Online Reputation.

3D designs.

Links to science and topic.

How can we create 2D and 3D designs?

Online Safety – Self-image and identity


How do we create an app design?

Spring 1

Online Safety – Online Reputation


How do I create and manipulate text?


Safer Internet Day – February

Online safety – Online Relationships


What is an algorithm?


Safer Internet Day- February

Online Safety- Online Reputation


How and why is desktop publishing used?


Safer Internet Day- February

Online Safety- Online Bullying


How and why is data collected over time?


Safer Internet Day- February

Online Safety – Online Relationships


Data handling: How are databases used to solve real-life problems?


Safer Internet Day- February

Online Safety – Managing Online Information


How have computers and networks changed over time?


Safer Internet Day- February

Spring 2

Online Safety – Manage Information Online.


What is an algorithm?

Online safety – Managing Information Online


Pixil Art:

How is digital art used?

What makes a good photograph?

Online Safety- Manage Information Online


What is a branching database?



Online Safet-: Manage Online Information


What is the World Wide Web?

Online Safety – Online Bullying


How can we use selection in physical computing?


Online Safety – Copyright and Ownership


How are websites designed and created?


Summer 1

Online Safety – Privacy & Security.



How are sprites and background used in Scratch Jr?

Online safety – Online Reputation.


How do we create pictograms?

Online Safety – Privacy and Security.


What is sequencing is Scratch?

Online Safety -  Health Wellbeing and Lifestyle.


How can you create shapes using Scratch?

Online Safety – Managing Online Information.


How can information be presented in videos?



Online Safety – Online Relationships


How are Micro bits used in Computing?

Summer 2

Online Safety – Copyright and Ownership.


How are computers used to group and manage data?


Stop Cyberbullying day (3rd Friday in June)


Online safety – Privacy and Security.


How can we use Scratch to make quizzes?


Stop Cyberbullying day (3rd Friday in June)


Online Safety – Copyright and Ownership.


How do we make sprites move using events and actions?


Stop Cyberbullying day (3rd Friday in June)

Online Safety- Privacy and Security.


How do we use repetition in games?


Stop Cyberbullying day (3rd Friday in June)

Online Safety – Privacy and Security.


What is selection in programming?


Stop Cyberbullying day (3rd Friday in June)


Online Safety – Online Bullying


How is a spreadsheet used?


Stop Cyberbullying day (3rd Friday in June)



Online safety:

Please click here for a link to our online safety page

Please click here for a link to our safeguarding page