The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
In order to achieve these aims at Robert Mellors we use a range of equipment such as laptops, desktop computers, I-pads, digital cameras etc. These may be used during specific computing teaching sessions, but are also incorporated into cross-curricular work where suitable.
Computer skills are taught discretely in all year groups from the Foundation stage, beginning with basic skills such as developing mouse control; opening apps or programs and saving and printing our work. Progression through the year groups ensures that keyboard skills continue to develop, whilst pupils are introduced to a wider range of programs, apps and techniques. Coding is also taught discretely from Year 1 to Year 6.
Keeping children safe online is incredibly important. Children will learn about staying safe online during computing lessons, however, your continued support at home is essential to ensure all children can enjoy the internet in supervised and appropriate ways.
TOP 10 E-SAFETY TIPS
|1. Treat your password like your toothbrush – keep it to yourself!|
|2. Do not give out personal information about yourself eg address, phone number, email, school, full name. It is a good idea to use a nickname rather than your real name|
|3. Always use privacy settings|
|4. Block the bully –stop someone who is behaving badly and tell an adult. Save the evidence –keep a record of what’s been said and don’t retaliate or reply|
|5. Remember anything you post or upload to the internet is there ‘forever’ so be careful|
|6. Ask for permission before posting photos of anyone|
|7. Always respect others – be careful what you say and what you send|
8. Think before you comment and send. Is it:
|9. Look out for your friends – and do something if you think they are being bullied|
|10. Tell a trusted adult if something or someone makes you feel worried.|
For help, advise, resources or information, check out these links ...
A leaflet with tips and advice for parents
A website with advice to help parents protect children online
A child friendly version of the childnet website
The National Crime Agencies on line reporting website for inappropriate content or treatment
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command.
Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
An article about ways to make smartphone use safer for children.