New W​​essex Planning

​​​​​​​​​​​ Fotolia_3384020_XS.jpgThe 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 navi​gate, investigate and contribute to the world around them
This planning, wh​ich has been developed and constantly updated since the 2014 National Curriculum was launched, is split into blocks for each area of Somerset's computing curriculum.​ Almost 100 blocks allow schools to make choices which fit with the resources they have available and the needs of their learners.​​ ​
'When teachers ask me what are the best primary computing resources, I always say ELIM's planning. You have to pay a small amount but you get great pedagogy (that is always being updated).  Assessment is embedded and they have thought long and hard about progression.  I love working with the team, they are always keen to take part in computer science education research and introduce new ideas in practical ways that work in real classrooms.​'  Jane Waite, Teaching Fellow Queen Mary, University of London.

The planning is only available to eLIM Ed Tech subscribing schools.
 Email​ ​for more information.
Free sample units:

Programming : Y1 My Code-a-pillar Adventure
Technology in our LivesY2 Do I Trust My Internet Search?

MultimediaY3 Make My e-Book

ProgrammingY4 My Scratch Games

Technology in our LivesY5 Exploring My World

Handling DataY6 Checking My Fitness​

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. 
Our Resource Overview document provides an at-a-glance summary of the choice of resources to be used for each unit. These are aimed to make the learning accessible whatever your hardware and software may be.

Our progression in vocabulary document can be used to support the development of learning in computing through the school.
Our Resource Overview​ document provides an at-a-glance summary of the choice of resources to be used for each unit.  These are aimed to make the learning accessible whatever your hardware and software may be.
Our progression in vocabulary document​ can be used to support the development of learning in computing through the school.
Check out possibilities with your devices with our Device Overview​
Create your own core toolkit with possible Resources to Teach C​​omputing​ (This is a word document that can be edited to reflect the resources available in your setting)​
Download a progression in computing vocabulary to support development of progression through the school.
Blank overview of computing curriculum: PDF   Word
Our Device Inclusive Overview for New Wessex Planning​​​ will help you to recognise the learning experiences possible with the resources you have. The planning incorporates the Somerset eLIMComputational Thinking model.  

A progression in the expectation of the vocabulary children will be using is available.
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
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

Progression of basic skills​ to support learning across the curriuclum
Choose a coloured block to download the PDF or

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Curriculum Builders and Planners are Word documents - we recommend you use Chrome to download

Any difficulties opening documents linked within pdf - use Chrome, show in folder, open within the folder

The documents are also available in Microsoft Word upon request - email
These units are available for you to download:
Programming​: Y1 My Code-a-pillar Adventure​​
Technology in our Lives: Y2 Do I Trust My Internet Search?

Foundation Stage

Continuous Provision Map: Building knowledge and skills to use technology
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.​