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Computing is an important component in our vision to prepare every child for their future. Our curriculum has been designed to ensure every learner is challenged,

and inspired. Our approach ensures technology can enhance and support all learners, giving them the tools to be creative using a wide range of



The Computing Curriculum is comprised of three Key areas of study: Computer

Science; Digital Literacy and Information Technology


Computer Science.

The study of the hardware, software, networking and processes that give life to a machine to enable it to perform complicated tasks and actions such as coding a Math’s quiz and a platform game.


Digital Literacy

Learning to use technology appropriately and responsibly to survive and thrive in the digital world. It is at the forefront of all lessons and is embedded through class assemblies and e-safety days throughout the year.


Information Technology

Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.



Why learn Computing?

Computing in the 21st Century is seen as an essential area of learning. At Westacre Middle School we recognise that technology plays an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, we endeavour to build in the use of new technologies in order to equip young people with the skills they will need to access life-long learning and employment. We are delighted to provide children with the opportunity to use a wide range of resources to deliver our curriculum. Computing cultivates computational thinkers with a wide range of skills including tinkering, creating, debugging, persevering and collaborating.


What facilities can we offer pupils?

Children at Westacre have access to a wide variety of technology and software from our two dedicated computing areas to our portable iPads and VR (virtual reality) headsets.


As is the nature of the subject, the technology we embed is ever changing therefore we actively keep up to date through ongoing professional development. As a result, staff are dedicated to creating engaging and inspiring lessons which encompass all areas of the National Curriculum.  We foster a creative approach to teaching where cross curricular links, between computing and other subjects, enable real life contexts for learning. 


Learning objectives

Year 5 and 6

Computer Science

Solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts

Use selection in programs

Work with variables

Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work

Use logical reasoning to detect and correct errors in algorithms

Appreciate how search results are ranked


Information Technology

Combine a variety of software to accomplish given goals

Select, use and combine software on a range of digital devices

Analyse data

Evaluate data

Design and create systems


Digital Literacy

Understand the opportunities computer networks offer for collaboration

Be discerning in evaluating digital content



Year 7

In addition to the above, to enable pupils to:

Computer Science

Use computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems

use one programming language, to solve a variety of computational problems;

understand data structures [for example, lists, tables or arrays];

understand how numbers can be represented in binary,

understand how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system;


Information Technology

undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, including collecting and analysing data

Re-use and revise digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability


Digital Literacy

understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems

understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely


What do we teach?

Each year group is taught specific topics where they learn key skills and vocabulary, which are developed and expanded as they progress. These topics have been co-ordinated with our pyramid schools so that learning is consistent both during their time at Westacre and into the future.


Please see the document below for more information about how we support the needs of all learners in Computing:

Year 7 Computing Science


Year 7 have been dismantling some old computer kit, to examine what is inside. They have made notes and then produced presentations to teach each other about the various components. 

Algorithms for Adults Workshop 28th June


Many thanks to all of the adults who came along to our workshop and had fun finding out what an algorithm was, and had  go at creating their own!


For those who would like to continue their learning, the following links will take you to the free sites we used on the day. 


For any parents and carers who could not make it, watch the short video to find out what an algorithm is. You will have come across them all the time in every day life. 


Year 7 have investigated python coding for the last two weeks, exploring the BBC Micro:Bit and then Code Combat with this new language. Code combat can be accessed through code to continue learning at home. 

Excel Spreadsheets


Year 7 have been working on using Microsoft Excel and understanding what a powerful tool it can be. They have inputted their own data and created graphs and charts, and this week used web queries related to their CC topics to import external data to format.

They will wait to see if their web sites have changed next time they log in, as their data and graphs  should have reflected those changes. 


Year 7 Binary Coding


Year 7 have started to look at Binary and how computers digitise information.

They have practised counting in binary and the binary alphabet to create codes


Year 6 Questionnaires


Year 6 are using to create questionnaires for their class. 

They have considered question types and the use of open and closed question styles to add variation to their forms. Next week, they should be completing their classmates' questionnaires then exporting the data to excel for analysis.  

Spring Term - Movie Making


Year 7 are linking their horror work in English to Computing by creating iMovie trailers for the Anthony Horowitz story "The Man with the Yellow Face". 

They have been editing photographs, considering appropriate choices of media and effective text.


The Man with the Yellow face

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Autumn term highlights 


This term the children have participated in CodeWeek, using the Hour of Code activities to create a Digital Disco. While they had great fun, they were also learning about control, variables and when statements. 


Year 7 have continued their work with Python, developing programming skills that they then tried to adapt to work with our robots. Great fun was had trying to control them to make shapes and circles. 

Digital Disco

Python and Robots



Year 7 have been investigating what happens inside a computer. Working safely in teams, they took it in turns to take the computer apart and see the various parts that facilitate their inputs and give outputs.


Year 7 Computing 2018-19


This year has started with the children blogging about hobbies and sports. They have used hyperlinks to add an extra dimension to their work, and a range of videos and images to engage their readers.



Year 7 have been experimenting with the BBC Micro:bits we bought last year. While small groups worked together to build another robot, the rest of the class worked on coding their machines to move and control them around the classroom. We experimented with chalk and using the robot to “write” on black paper.


Excellent team work and independence skills from 7PC!

Year 7 Robots

Year 7 Python Coding


Year 7 are now getting to grips with a new programming language - Python. Using the BBC Micro:Bit to show their results, they are experimenting with the new code and use of the import * function.

Binary computing 


Year 7 are spending their computing lesson this week learning about Binary counting and code. The concept of 10 meaning 2 in binary has caused some confusion but they have worked together to create their number lists and sprites.


Year 7 Movie Trailers


Year 7 have recently read a short story by Anthony Horowitz in English " The Man with the Yellow Face." In Computing, we took this and created our own movie trailers using the iMovie app on the iPads. Children worked in pairs to source photographs or videos and change text to create the mood of the movie, using their Digital Literacy skills in selection appropriate images and text to suit an audience.

They have then reviewed their classes films and graded them. So far 7RM and 7LB have critiqued their peers:




Video from 7RM

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Video from 7LB

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Computer Science Education Week

This week is CSEd week across the globe......trying to encourage children to think about Computer Science and raise aspirations in computing and STEM ( ScienceTechnology Engineering and Maths ) subjects. 


Each year ear group has made use of the Hour of Code activities to engage and inspire them. These are all accessible from to play together at home.



Year 7 app creation

Computing Club


It is lovely to see so many of our learners engaged and enthusiastic about their computing opprtunities. We are now full every Friday lunchtime with students accessing J2e, Education City and coding using the Microbits and iPads.

Next week is Hour of Code week so all children will access coding and progress through a range of activities on the site.


All children who attended this week have been given a copy of CS4F- Computer science for fun magazine with a range of activities to continue at home.

Westacre Computing using J2e


Every week Cyber Council checks through completed work on J2e to moderate and give feedback to students.

They have selected some examples of good work: 

Mayor visits Droitwich


Following our recent role in leading the local community e-safety event at Droitwich Library, we were recommended and accepted to receive a donation of £300 from the local Droitwich Lions Community Club. Cyber Council members decide the best use of this money was to develop our ICT provision further by purchasing a class set of programmable robots that pupils could build then use our Micro-bit computers to code. We were delighted to welcome members of the Lions group, as well as the Mayor of Droitwich into school to show off these robots in action!

Centre of Excellence


Click the link below to find out more about Westacre being designated as a Centre of Excellence for Computing and ICT:

MP Visit


In recognition of our recent ICT Mark award, we invited MP Nigel Huddleston into school. On Friday 7th October he took us up on our offer and joined us for the morning. Year 7 prefects Freya and Luke showed Mr Huddleston around school and told him about the ways we use technology across the curriculum. They also talked to him about their roles within the Cyber Council over the last year and introduced him to other staff and pupils, who explained how they were using our school iPads, computers and ICT suites. At the end of the visit, Mr Huddleston commented on how impressed he was with our ICT provision and the enthusiasm with which teachers and children use technology around school.


ICT Mark Award!


Children at Westacre Middle School are at the forefront of using technology to enhance their work, and that’s official!


Following an extensive external assessment we have been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark.  


The award recognises the school’s success in developing the strategic use of technology in both administration and across the curriculum. We are delighted to be awarded the ICT Mark. It recognises our positive approach to the use of technology and the benefits it is bringing to our children. We believe that technology can be used in every aspect of learning and that it is essential our children are equipped for the modern world.


In particular, the report praised us for the following:


·         A considerable network that includes two Computing suites, iPads and well-resourced classrooms

·         The high profile our digital leaders Cyber Council have around school

·         Children do more homework as a result of being able to log in at home

·         Our school website and Twitter account communicate well with parents

·         Much financial investment in hardware and software has been made recently

·         A clear strategy for continuing to offer such high-quality provision

·         Exceptional subject leadership

·         Significant support from headteacher and governors to develop ICT further

·         Strong support and training for staff in using technology across the curriculum

·         Excellent partnerships and collaborative relationships with local first schools


All the children and staff of our school deserve much credit for this achievement.


Here is a quote from local MP Nigel Huddleston: 


“Congratulations to all at Westacre Middle School for being awarded the National ICT Mark. This is recognition of both the school’s excellent ICT provisions and of the hard work of their staff, teachers and pupils. It is important that young people have a solid grasp of modern technology from an early age, and there is no better way to develop this than being in an environment where technology is at the heart of everything, as it is at Westacre. As we look to the future, ICT skills are going to become more and more important and the grounding that Westacre provides will make sure its pupils go on to be ahead of the game.”


This is what Councillor Richard Morris had to say:


“Wychavon Council is determined that all local children will have the best opportunity to excel in the jobs market of the future. Westacre Middle School should be congratulated on this wonderful achievement. This demonstrates the excellent ICT management and teaching that is taking place in local schools. As a past pupil of Westacre myself, I am very proud that the school is doing so well”


Here are Freya, Oliver, Katie P, Zander And Katie J in Year 6 celebrating our special achievement. Freya and Zander were part of pupil interview panel alongside Will and Chloe in Year 5 and Luke and Leah in Year 7, who spoke to the assessor about their experiences of ICT in school. Freya, Oliver, Katie and Katie have been part of our very successful Cyber Council team this year!
Click the links below to see other information about ICT around school on our website: