Computing prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by harnessing and accessing  varied and developing technology. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.

The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils use a variety of computing tools to create programs, systems, collate and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination.

Children are given an opportunity to use a variety of computing equipment and software, including computers, the use of computer systems, tablets and control technology. Increased capability in the use of computing promotes initiative and independent learning, with pupils being able to make informed judgements about when and where to use technology to best effect, to consider its implications for home and work both now and in the future.