Computing at St Nicholas
At St Nicholas Church school, we strive for pupils to be confident digital learners with a variety of skills. We aim for each pupil to confidently use a range of devices and have a deep understanding of how computer systems and networks work. Pupils are encouraged to use their computing knowledge to develop critical thinking skills alongside being inspired to support their approaches to problem solving. Pupils deserve to feel safe online and be confident with their digital footprint 
At St Nicholas we use the NCCE Teach Computing scheme of work and adapt lessons where appropriate.
We aim to equip students with essential digital literacy and computational thinking skills. Lessons typically begin with foundational concepts such as understanding computer hardware and software before progressing to more complex topics such as coding and programming. Teachers employ a variety of interactive tools and resources to engage students, including educational software, coding platforms, and programmable robots. Hands-on activities and projects are integral to the curriculum, allowing students to apply their learning in practical contexts and develop problem-solving abilities. Emphasis is placed on fostering creativity, collaboration, and resilience in tackling technological challenges.
By following this curriculum, our children gain the necessary skills to thrive in an increasingly digital society.
Online Safety and Policies
Lessons often incorporate elements of online safety and digital citizenship to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the digital world responsibly.

How parents can help

At St Nicholas , we feel strongly about ensuring that all staff and parents have a responsibility for safeguarding our children online and with the use of technology.

Parents can help support us with our aims in Computing by:

  • Reading any Computing and Online safety posters on weekly newsletters 
  • Carefully monitoring the use of technology at home, ensuring that they are aware of what children are doing online and limiting the time children are accessing technologies..
  • Agreeing to our Acceptable Use Agreements at the beginning of each school year and keeping us informed of any changes or updates depending on your preferences.
  • Modelling good practice when it comes to screen time and considering our own online reputations.
  • Allowing children to access technology for home learning, such as Timestables Rock Stars and Spelling Shed 
  • Being open and honest about your understanding and use of technology, and ensuring you always ask for support.
Computing in EYFS 
Areas of learning that cover Computing:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive Art & Design