It is important to make sure internet sites and apps your children are using are age appropriate. They should be supervised whilst using the internet and need to be aware at how to be e-safe. For example
- Using age appropriate sites.
- Never sharing their own usernames and passwords or the usernames of other people in school.
- Not giving out personal details, such as school name, addresses or names of their friends
Please refer to our Online Safety Policy on the Policies and Key Documents page.
Below are links to websites that provide both children and parents with more information about online safety.
Below is advice for parents, from the Department for Education, about cyber bullying.
Our intent in Computing is to provide our pupils with the best possible opportunity to use and understand modern day technologies in an effective and safe manner. Pupils will be guided not only to develop their understanding of the skills and knowledge within Computing, but how to develop their own resilience in the modern world and make positive choices to support their own mental well-being.
Our Computing curriculum is designed to progressively develop pupil’s skills and knowledge in Computing and Online Safety, through regular, discretely taught lessons. Children are taught how not only to identify and use modern technologies effectively, but how to use technology safely and in a way which challenges their thinking. As our pupils progress, their ability to problem solve, work collaboratively and build resilience also progresses, meaning we provide our pupils with the best possible and safest start to their lives in an ever-growing technological world.
We have invested in a progressive scheme, which is closely linked to the National Curriculum’s Programme of Study. The Rising Star’s ‘Switched on Computing’ scheme provides clear progression of skills and knowledge, as well as recommending methods of inclusion, challenge, Online Safety and relevant resources. Lastly, it offers a clear assessment guidance, which is clear, thorough and again, linked to the National Curriculum’s Programme of Study. As a school, we have decided to select 3 units from the scheme per year group, equating to 1 unit per term per year group – all skills, and knowledge, linked the NC PoS are covered throughout relevant key stages.
Key drivers within Computing units are:
- Teaching of subject specific vocabulary
- Ensuring that our children have a good understanding of how to stay safe online and use technologies effectively and safely, knowing how to report issues when they don’t feel safe
- Revisit to aid long term memory
The learning challenges used, to plan and teach Computing, ensure that children are accessing work at age related expectations, with regular opportunities to be challenged through higher-level objectives. Children are assessed according to age related expectations in line with National Curriculum requirements for KS2. This is done in line with the school assessment procedures. This information is recorded and monitored by the subject manager through:
- Pupil voice
- Book monitoring
- Teacher/parent voice
- Revisit at the end of the year to aid long term memory/retention