It is our belief that a high-quality computing curriculum will enable our pupils to use technology both effectively, and creatively, to understand and change the world they live in. Technology is woven into the society we live in and has the capacity to change lives. Through teaching computing, we aim to equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology.
Our computing curriculum comprises of a number of strands: e-safety, data retrieving and organising, and algorithms and programs. Through each of these strands, we aim to equip our pupils with the skills they need in order to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. In addition to this, we focus on developing the necessary skills to enable our pupils to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. Each year group builds on the skills taught during the previous year, to ensure that, by year 6, pupils are confident users of technology, including a range of different programs, apps and websites.
Furthermore, computing and the use of technologies is underpinned by e-safety being central to the curriculum. While showing children the benefits of using new technologies, we are also rigorous in teaching them about how to use technology safely and responsibly. Each academic year, all pupils start with a block on e-safety, learning how to keep themselves, and others, safe online.
We believe that computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.
Parents have a vital role to play in helping reinforce messages about staying safe online. For further advice on keeping your children safe whilst online please take a look at the 10 top tips to keeping safe online. Top 10 tips!
Any concerns or further advice please feel free to contact our Parent Support Advisor, Sue Galley who will be more than happy to help.
“The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much. You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?” The CEOP site aims to make online parenting simple: http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Here you’ll find practical tips and simple guidance: www.kidsmart.org.uk/