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The New Wessex Planning allows teachers and schools to build their own Computing curriculum:
                  • to develop safe, responsible and competent learners
                  • who are creative, curious and logical
                  • as they navigate, investigate and contribute to the world around them
The Wessex planning has been updated and split into blocks for each area of learning.  Thirty new blocks are available. The planning is built on the Somerset Primary Computing Model. 
The planning is only available to eLIM Ed Tech subscribing schools. Free sample units are available - click on tab below. Non-subscribing schools can purchase the materials for an annual subscription of £95. Contact for details.
IMPORTANT: Read the guidance here
The New Wessex Planning builds on the existing Wessex Planning. Based on feedback from teachers, we have updated the planning and added new units to make the materials more flexible. You can build your own curriculum by choosing from a selection of blocks for each year to ensure coverage and progression of key Computing skills.
An overview of the devices, software and apps required for different blocks will help you to recognise the learning experiences possible with the resources you have. The planning incorporates the Somerset eLIMComputational Thinking model.
e-Safety must be taught through the year, within PSHE and Sex and Relationships Education. It is reinforced throughout Computing and other curriculum areas. Somerset ActiveBYTES provide lesson plans and support materials for each term:

  • Autumn: I am kind and responsible
  • Spring: I am safe and secure
  • Summer: I am healthy
This continuous provision map provides a model for building the knowledge and skills of Foundation Stage children in computing and their use of technology. The computing curriculum is not statutory for the Foundation Stage. However, the Somerset areas of learning fit with the technology expectations in ‘Understanding the World’, and also contribute to learning in other areas of the EYFS framework. Additional support materials are available to support practitioners working with the youngest learners. See also information on Foundation Stage Technology webpage.
School with mixed age classes can use this Curriculum planner.

Select blocks from the appropriate year curriculum builders.

Consider the progression in basic skills and additional unplugged activities to reinforce or further develop computational thinking.

Use these grids for assessment and to support planning: KS1 KS2

Example: Two year rolling plan KS1 in one class

Example: Two year rolling plan KS2 in one class
2017 Grids for assessment including new online safety statements

Grids for assessment in Mixed Age class: KS1 KS2

Open ended challenges to support assessment and development of mastery
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The documents are also available in Microsoft Word upon request - email
These units are available for you to download:

Programming: Y3 Bounce My Scratch Jr Basketball
Multimedia: Y4 My Mystery iMovie
Technology in our Lives: Y2 Do I Trust My Internet Search?
Handling Data: Y6 Checking My Fitness






 Thank you

Thank you to the working group that provided guidance for our review of the Wessex Planning:  Anne Allen, Huish Primary; David Gordon, Chilthorne Domer Primary; Janet Ross, West Monkton Primary; Lois Bowery, Greenfylde First; Matt Mustafic, Beech Grove Primary;  Tony Wheat and Olly Hellis, West Pennard Primary.  

Thank you to to Jen Chilcott at Evercreech Primary for advice and guidance on mixed aged classes.