The Importance of Computing in the Primary School Curriculum

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Computing is one of the most critical subjects in the primary school curriculum. It teaches children essential skills that they will use throughout their lives.

This article will discuss the importance of computing and how it can benefit students. We will also look at some of the challenges schools face when teaching this subject.

Related: For more, check out our article on How To Follow Development Matters In Computing  here.

Computing Taught In Primary School

Why Are Computing Lessons So Crucial

Computing lessons are essential for the next generation as they offer a skill that applies to almost every job. By understanding how to use technology, young folks can formulate and innovate incredible solutions to complex problems that we had no idea were solvable.

Plus, when it comes to having fun, understanding the fundamentals of computers opens up a world of possibilities! After all, gaming isn’t just the bread and butter of teenage years; smart technology can help propel our kids towards far-reaching success in whatever endeavour they set their minds on.

The Computing National Curriculum

Information Technology

Computers are the future, and it’s never too early to teach children the importance of selecting and using the right software.

With all the digital devices out there today, it can be difficult to choose which ones are best – but helping kids understand how they can use these tools to design programs, systems and content to achieve specific goals is an essential part of learning to compute.

Let’s ensure we’re introducing our kids to this fascinating and fun world of creating their content – whether it’s analysing data, evaluating information or simply presenting their findings professionally.

After learning the basics, children can explore interactive projects that are not only educational but also enjoyable. For example, introducing them to new software and 3D modelling opens up a world of creative possibilities for young minds.

With practice, they can become knowledgeable in navigating around orbital view, zooming into images and mastering their editing skills. Plus, they will get excited when they learn how to add links and images and get cool formatting looks! Let’s unlock their computing potential and create future innovators!

The Importance Of Computing

Online Safety & PSHE Links

Introducing primary school children to the wonderful world of computing shouldn’t just be about imparting the technical know-how and getting them computationally literate – it must also involve equipping them with the understanding of safe and responsible online behaviour.

Teachers need to ensure their students understand that there is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour when using technology and encourage them to feel comfortable reporting any concerns they may have – whether it’s inappropriate content or contact.

We should also make sure to outline the key elements of online safety that children need to be aware of, including not giving away personal information, being aware of cyberbullying, spotting clickbait, creating strong passwords and remaining vigilant against malware.

Let’s help our children embrace computing responsibly by providing a fun and informative learning journey on living safely in the digital age!

Teaching the kids about the importance of understanding the positives and negatives surrounding social media is so important. But it can also be fun! By incorporating real-world examples into our lessons, we can show why it’s good to remain mindful of incoming posts, pictures, and videos.

We could even throw in a few funny stories of our own to illustrate goofier examples of dogs, cats, and uncle Joe’s infamous outtakes!

Paying attention to what’s out there can help children become more aware that all isn’t fair with the good ol’ interweb – and laughing the way certainly doesn’t hurt.

There are so many ways to bring PSHE into each lesson – from discussing online safety to exploring the power of digital media to familiarizing kids with programming basics.

With the right approach and creative activities, classes that cover computing and PSHE topics can become some of the most enjoyable ones in a child’s school experience. By tapping into children’s natural creativity, engineers of tomorrow could be spawned today!


Teaching your little ones the basics of computing is an excellent way to get them excited about coding! You’ll want to explain programming fundamentals to them, like designing and writing programs so they can make stuff happen with their code.

Then they can launch into debugging these programs to get things running smoothly.

Helping kids understand sequence, selection, repetition and even logical reasoning — as well as variables and all forms of input and output — will give them a great foundation to tackle more complex computing tasks. It’s so much fun watching those wheels start turning in young minds, supercharging their learning for many years!

Introducing young children to the world of computing is essential to any primary school curriculum. It helps them become computationally literate and media-savvy while teaching them the importance of online safety and responsible behaviour.

With a creative approach, we can make computing lessons enjoyable, inspiring our students to take their coding skills to the next level – and inspiring the innovators of tomorrow!

By following the principles outlined in this article, let’s unlock our children’s computing potential to create amazing things! Let’s get coding!


Q: How can I make computing fun for my primary school students?

A: By incorporating real-world examples into your lessons, you can show why it’s important to remain mindful of incoming posts, pictures and videos. Incorporating funny stories of your own can also help illustrate goofier examples.

Teaching the basics of computing is an awesome way to get kids excited about coding by explaining the fundamentals and then debugging programs to get things running smoothly.

With a creative approach, computing lessons can become some of the most enjoyable ones in a child’s school experience!

Q: What tips can I use to teach children online safety?

A: Ensure you outline the basics of online safety, such as never giving out personal information online, creating strong passwords and remaining vigilant against malware.

You can also inform children about the importance of understanding the positives and negatives surrounding social media, by using real-world examples as part of your lesson. Finally, don’t forget to discuss topics like cyberbullying and remind them how to stay safe

Q: What other ways can I get children interested in computing?

A: By helping kids understand concepts like sequence, selection, repetition and logical reasoning, you can give them a great foundation from which to tackle more complex computing tasks in the future.

You could also introduce projects related to robotics or artificial intelligence that require coding, to keep them motivated and engaged. Finally, you could involve parents too by getting them involved in fun lessons or activities related to computing.

About The Author

I'm Dan Higgins, one of the faces behind The Teaching Couple. With 15 years in the education sector and a decade as a teacher, I've witnessed the highs and lows of school life. Over the years, my passion for supporting fellow teachers and making school more bearable has grown. The Teaching Couple is my platform to share strategies, tips, and insights from my journey. Together, we can shape a better school experience for all.

3 thoughts on “The Importance of Computing in the Primary School Curriculum”

  1. Hi Teaching Couple,

    Great blogs and great resources on TES. Can you write a blog about teaching inference to KS2 pupils – a whole class structure. Is it better to teach a domain a week or vary across the week. Can the domains be mapped out across the KS2 to aid progression?

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