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Learning Pathway

Lower School

‘Ready for Independence

Students will begin to develop their critical thinking by developing their programming skills through hands-on practical experiences.

Throughout their computing pathway, students' understanding of information technology will grow and develop through using data handling and word processing.

Students will begin their photography skills by creating photo stories that will develop their planning and presentation skills through an opportunity to grow their creativity.


Photography provides transferable skills that students use across the curriculum.

It is vital their pathway continues to develop their understanding about e-safety and will take part in Safer Internet Day.

Key Stage 4

‘Ready for my Future’

Computing capability is an essential skill for life and enables learners to participate more readily in a rapidly changing world. At Weatherfield, we notice how the world is using technology more and more each day and we realise it is important for students to gain confidence in this area.


In KS4, students will begin to deepen their understanding of the way computers work and how best to use them.

In Key Stage 4, students will spend a half-term on Computing, having weekly lessons. Within these lessons, they will work towards their functional skills awards.


Students will continue to learn about the importance of staying safe online, taking part in Safer Internet Day and regular cross-curricular activities within PSHE discussing safety online. 

Key Stage 5

‘Ready for Work’

In KS5, students are preparing themselves for work. Students in Key Stage 5 continue to develop their Computing/ICT knowledge, skills and understanding along with their levels of progress and accreditation gained in Key Stage 4 and before.

Accreditations include: 
Entry Level Functional Skills
Level 1 and 2 Functional Skills

Computing/ICT areas covered: 

Word processing, using ICT, finding and selecting information, developing, presenting and communicating

information using software including:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Microsoft Excel

All these areas covered allow students to develop the skills necessary for future employment opportunities.

Students will continue to develop their e-safety skills, taking part in regular discussions and Safer Internet Day.

Curriculum Content

Curriculum content shows the topics that each key stage will be working on for the year. Click the key stage you wish to preview.

Computing Enrichment Opportunities

See below links for further opportunities for your child to progress their learning.


Code Me

Code Combat

Blockly Games 



E-Safety Enrichment Opportunities

See below links for further opportunities for your child to progress their learning.



Internet Matters

Net Smartz Kids

Interland - Be Internet Awesome

If you would like further information about our Computing curriculum please contact Miss A Slough, Computing coordinator, via the Academy office or by email:

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