Computing: planning and assessment (primary)

Learn how to plan and assess computing at the primary level. Find links to schemes of work, progression grids, assessment resources, and examples from a school and a local authority.

Last reviewed on 7 January 2022
School types: AllSchool phases: PrimaryRef: 10510
  1. Use schemes of work to plot the curriculum out over the year
  2. Use progression grids to map out the program of study
  3. Methods of assessment
  4. Links to resources

Use schemes of work to plot the curriculum out over the year

To make sure you cover all National Curriculum computing content, create a scheme of work that plans out topics and skills for each half-term. Your scheme of work should specify what programmes or apps will be used in each activity, and can include links to useful websites.

You should also indicate where there are potential assessment opportunities. 

Case study: St Patrick's Catholic Academy in Nottinghamshire

This school uses a scheme of work created by Purple Mash. It outlines the aims and success criteria for each lesson at each year and provides a guide to differentiation.

You can also use progression grids to break down the National Curriculum for computing into learning outcomes, which you can then use to assess whether a student is meeting age-related expectations.Computing at School (CAS) has created 2

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