Computing at Parkside Middle School develops ‘thinkers of the future’ through a modern, ambitious, and relevant Computing curriculum. Pupils are equipped to use computational thinking and creativity that enables them to become active participants in the digital world. It is important to us that pupils understand how to use the ever-changing technology to express themselves, as tools for learning and as a means to drive their generation forward into the future.

The Computing curriculum at Parkside is aspirational and has been developed to challenge and inspire pupils to be leaders in an ever-changing digital world. Our pupils are taught a mastery curriculum using research led computing pedagogies that cover all three strands of the curriculum:

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Digital Literacy (including E Safety)

Pupils gain a deep, long-term, secure, and adaptable understanding of the subject, being taught by subject specialists who inspire and enthuse. Pupils are supported to apply their learning to new situations in unfamiliar contexts and to problem-solve using technology and knowledge.

Whilst ensuring they understand the advantages and disadvantages associated with online experiences, we want pupils to develop as respectful, responsible, and confident users of technology, aware of measures that can be taken to keep themselves and others safe online.

Our aim is to provide a Computing curriculum that is designed to balance acquiring a broad and deep knowledge alongside opportunities to apply skills in various digital contexts. Beyond teaching Computing discretely, we give pupils the opportunity to apply and develop what they have learnt across wider learning in the curriculum.

What is distinctive about computing at Parkside Middle School:

The curriculum content is specially designed for our students in response to their interests, skills and talents.

A wealth of access to technology that has embedded use across the curriculum, including a modern ICT suite, 5 class sets of laptops and iPads and Micro:bits.

Enrichment trips and strong Careers links to venues such as Bletchley Park and annual Girls Tech Event.

Touch Type Club - Touch Type club allows our students to learn how to type on a keyboard fluently and affectively. This is a lunchtime club and the students complete typing battles.

Subject specialist teachers.

Coding Club -  This allows students to programme in HTML, Python, Scratch or a programming language of their choice.

Year 5

In Computing, the pupils will demonstrate and learn how to use various types of programming languages combined with an array of software. The programming language we use in Year 5 is Scratch; this allows us to think computationally, along with learning how to be safe on the internet.

Year 5 Long Term Plan

Unit 1 – Logging on/ Baseline

Unit 2 – Internet Safety/ Keeping Yourself Safe

Unit 3 – Computational Thinking

Unit 4 – Creating Documents/ Computing Skills

Unit 5 – We Are Game Developers

Unit 6 – Excel

Unit 7 – Around the World

Computing square

Year 6

In Computing, the pupils will demonstrate and learn how to use control (Flowol, a flowchart software) to programme devices, along with learning how to be safe on the internet. An exciting programme the children use in Year 6 is Google Sketch Up, which allows the students to use 3D architectural software.

Year 6 Long Term Plan

Unit 1 – Internet Safety

Unit 2 – Spy School

Unit 3 – Computational Thinking

Unit 4 – Control/Flowol

Unit 5 – Scratch Expert

Unit 6 – Google Sketch Up


Year 7

Computing modules in Year 7 explore internet safety, Micro:bits – a programmable computer chip, Data Representation- How a computer interprets human interaction, sequencing, Excel and an introduction to Python- a text based programmable language.  

Year 7 Long Term Plan

Unit 1 – Internet Safety

Unit 2 – Micro:bits - Programming

Unit 3 – Data Representation

Unit 4 – Excel

Unit 5 – Python

Year 8

Computing modules in Year 8 explore internet safety, computational thinking - understanding decomposition, algorithms, sequencing and repetition, HTML- website production, hardware/software, networking, and Python- a text based programmable language.

Year 8 Long Term Plan

Unit 1 – Internet Safety

Unit 2 – Computational Thinking

Unit 3 – HTML

Unit 4 – Hardware/Software/Technology

Unit 5 – Networking

Unit 6 – Data Representation Recap

Unit 7 – Python