Computing, ICT & E-Safety
Our three key aims of this area of the curriculum are to ensure our pupils are:
- Digital Citizens – who are safe and responsible.
- Digital Creators – who are logical and creative.
- Digital Communicators – who are digitally literate.
Pupils will learn how to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. They will become digitally literate building on key knowledge and understanding. In the early years, they will select and use technology for purpose and will recognise ways to keep safe. This will be built upon in KS1, where pupils will be developing their knowledge and understanding of simple algorithms and computer programs whilst continuing to understand how to stay safe. They will begin to understand how to use technology purposefully. In KS2, pupils will further enhance all skills learnt so far whilst also developing an understanding of more complex computer networks and search technologies. They will continue to technology safely and purposefully whilst thinking about acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.
We have invested greatly in technology. With an ICT suite, hubs of PCs or laptops in every classroom and banks of iPads, our pupils are not short on access to equipment. Our curriculum aims are taught through the threads of data handling, multimedia, e-safety, programming and learning about the uses of technology in our everyday lives. Learning how to use ICT effectively goes on throughout the curriculum but learning about computing and how to create programs etc. is taught in discrete lessons.
Click here to see how the content of the curriculum is covered for each key stage.
Our pupils use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have an 'e-safety' curriculum to ensure our children learn of the importance of keeping themselves safe online and know how to do this.
Read our school’s E-Safety Policy.
See our Acceptable Use Agreement.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
Here are some useful downloads to help you to keep your children safe online:
- 'What's the problem? A guide for parents of children and young people who have got into trouble online' and support to create a family safety plan
- Share Aware - an easy to read Online Safety, Information Pack for Parents from the NSPCC
- YouTube Kids app - help your child to access YouTube safely with age appropriate content
- Common Sense media - the go to place to find if it's safe.
- CBBC Stay Safe - ultimate internet survival guide with tips and tricks to stay safe online, beat the cyber bullies and become a super surfer.
- Interland - be internet awesome!
- Childnet International factsheet for parents
- Think You Know factsheet for parents
- Leaflet of helping to develop your child’s internet skills
- Top tips for parents to prevent cyber bullying
- Links to instructions for filtering on mobile phones and game consoles
- Parental advice on Facebook – remember children the minimum age to join this site is 13 so our pupils should not be using it.
- What is Musically?
- What is Pokemon Go?
- What is Yellow?
- What is Fortnite?
- Setting your Instagram account to private
Some links to more information:
- Think U Know - containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
- https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/ National Online Safety - website includes loads of platform guides as well as courses and information for parents.
- www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers - Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online
- www.internetmatters.org – A site created by some of the biggest Internet Service Providers in the UK. Designed to help parents with info on parental controls and advice on keeping children safe online
- www.netaware.org.uk – Learn more about the most popular apps used by children and young people. Includes reviews from children and parents, as well as guidance on what is the right age for children to use them.
- Vodafone 'Digital Parenting' magazine.
- Kidsmart - An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
- Know IT All - lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
- Bullying UK - Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
- Kidscape - An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
- Childline - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.