Computing in the National Curriculum

This page was updated: September 2022
Next update due: September 2023
Subject Lead: Julie Odeje

Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world.

All children at John Ball School will be taught how to:

  • understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs

This will be done though software like ‘Scratch’ and ‘Espresso Coding’ and a number of iPad apps like BeeBot, Robo Logic and Daisy the Dinosaur.

KS1 and EYFS will also use Bee-Bots, the award winning programmable floor robots, which are perfect as a starting point for teaching control, directional language and programming to young children.

All classes have access to iPads, laptops and these will be used regularly both to teach specific computing skills and as a learning tool for the wider curriculum, for example publishing written work in English, creating graphs or tables in Maths and undertaking research in IPC units.

ESafety Policy


At John Ball we encourage use by pupils of the rich information resources available on the Internet, together with the appropriate skills to analyse and evaluate such resources, but, are  you concerned about your child/ren’s activity on the Internet?  We hope these links will help you with some of the common issues faced by you as parents of children using the rapidly expanding and inviting resources that can be found when using the Internet.

This year we will be celebrating E-Safety week in September with a series of visitors and training sessions.

Links to ‘I Like it’ – Anti Cyberbullying song and Think U Know?

E-Safety Newsletter Link

Ditto is a free newsletter that will keep you up to date with all you need to know about keeping safe on the internet.  Check back here each month for the latest edition.

DITTO newsletter – March 2021


Know IT All for Parents

An interactive guide to the Internet which is available in other languages as well :


Vodafoe Parent’s Guide

The Vodafone guide has been set up with the website Mums-net:

Parent guide to technology

Adding Parental Controls to the Internet at Home

Some guidelines from the UK Safer Internet Centre on how you can add parental control to your Internet provider. Fed up with time wasted doing Internet searches?   A useful page for turning on filtering in web search engines t

Looking after yourself on line – a quiz

Try this quiz about connecting and using the internet safely, looking after yourself and others on the internet. Connect with Respect:

Digital Citizenship

The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS. It shares specific advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying and how these relate to and affect their own and other people’s online experiences and behaviours. View the parents section of the website here:

Facebook/Other sites

Facebook is not for the under 13s – see this guidance put together by the London Grid for Learning: