Computing in the national curriculum: A guide for primary teachers

Your guide to the new computing curriculum

The 2014 national curriculum introduces a new subject, computing, which replaces ICT. This represents continuity and change, challenge and opportunity. It gives schools the chance to review and enhance current approaches in order to provide an even more exciting and rigorous curriculum that addresses the challenges and opportunities offered by the technologically rich world in which we live.

This guide has been written by Computing at School and NAACE to support primary schools as they begin teaching the new national curriculum for computing. Please share this guide freely with colleagues.


  • Introduction
  • Getting started
  • Subject knowledge
    Key stage 1
    Key stage 2
  • Planning
    Starting with the programme of study
    Starting with projects
    Using a pre-written scheme of work
    Using a pupil-centred approach
  • Resourcing
  • Teaching
    Technologically enhanced learning
    Gifted and talented pupils
    Informal learning
  • Assessment
    Formative assessment
    Summative assessment
  • Concluding remarks
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Background
  • Subject knowledge
  • Teaching resources and ideas
  • Media
  • Support
  • Background
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