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South Wellfield First School, Otterburn Avenue, South Wellfield, Whitley Bay, NE25 9QL

0191 643 3300

South Wellfield First School

Welcome to South Wellfield First School where We Shine Brightly!

  1. Curriculum
  2. Computing


We shine brightly in Computing when we use our skills, knowledge and understanding to support our learning across the school curriculum.  Computing is an integral part of our school.  We inspire children to become digital citizens who are equipped with the skills needed for the digital world, the confidence to succeed in a world surrounded by ever evolving technologies, prepared to be active participants in a future technical world and  children who understand the benefits and risks that technology can bring.  

In Computer Science, children are taught programming and to analyse and solve problems.  They develop their computational thinking skills.  Information Technology and Digital Literacy enable children to create, explore, find, collaborate, and present information and data with confidence and a sense of achievement.  Children are taught online safety and learn to communicate with the wider world, using the Internet and email, in a safe and secure environment. Our aims are:

  • From Nursery to Year 4 we ensure computing skills are embedded for every child, ensuring they are taught a range of computer science, information technology and digital literacy skills.
  • Children are taught to use a wide range of technology and physical computing, which is current and updated regularly, supporting the teaching of the curriculum.
  • Children’s computing skills are transferable and used to support all other aspects of our school curriculum.
  • Our regular online safety lessons teach children how to be safe online, in an ever changing online social media world. We provide our families with access to current information and websites to support online safety at home. 



Good teaching of Computing in our school will be modern, ambitious and engage children in their learning. Our lessons combine problem solving, computational thinking and logical reasoning skills with practical and physical hands on computing.  Children will learn how technology is continually evolving and incorporated in all aspects of the wider world.  Children are taught how to use technology safely, responsibly, and respectfully, linking into our school values; safe, ready and respectful. 

If you would like to find out a bit more about how to keep your child safe online please click here.

"Whether you want to discover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn." Stephen Hawking

Well-nurtured Problem solving is at the core of Computer Science and our lessons actively encourage children to continuously test possible solutions until they achieve the outcomes they are looking for. This builds creativity, collaboration, communication skills and resilience. The computing curriculum develops these skills and equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand the world we live in.

All of our computing unit focuses on a profession linked to the learning taking place, this gives meaning and context to their learning.  All roles involve using aspects of technology, for example: Be an animator, Be a mathematician, Be an explorer and Be a Sound Engineer.

Children have the opportunity to take part in a Lego League Club, where they apply their STEM skills in a team challenge and then showcase what they have learned and invented to a large group of computing industry specialists.


Computer science develops children’s computational thinking and reasoning skills.  Children explore and analyse problems using key vocabulary and fully understand the problem and possible solutions. These skills extend beyond the computing curriculum and are transferable across all aspects of school.

Well-read We have many books linked to Online Safety such as Digi-ducks, Chicken Clicking by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross, Goldilocks by Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross and  Penguinpig by Stuart Spendlow. We also have access to a wealth of online digital books like Smartie the Penguin. In addition, children learn about influential people in the world of technology.
Well-connected Each of our computing units is named after a profession, eg: Be an Engineer, Be a Digital Artist.  Children are taught about current and future technologies in our world and how they link to careers such as engineering, science, gaming, programming and the arts.


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