Computing and Online safety
The Computing National Curriculum is split into three discrete areas;
- Computer Science
- Digital literacy
- Information Technology
In Key Stage one Computing is part of the cross curricular curriculum. In computing, the children will learn to:
- Understand and use algorithms.
- Write and test simple test instructions.
- Use logical reasoning to make predictions.
- Organise, store, retrieve and manipulate data.
- Communicate online safety and respectfully.
- Recognise uses of information technology outside of school
COMPUTING IN Foundation Stage
In Foundation Stage, Computing is part of the technology strand of understanding the world in the Development Matters curriculum.The children are expected to achieve the following early learning goal (ELG) by the end of reception.
Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.
The continuous provision that is provided in the Foundation Stage gives the children opportunities to;
- Explore and use a range of technology such as iPads, cameras, computers and technological toys.
- Mark make with different programs.
- Role play and make pretend mobile phones, microwaves, cameras, etc.
- Print work which has a purpose.
- Develop children’s social and collaborative skills.
- Research key words or topics with supervision.
- Listen to music, rhymes, songs and stories.
As part of the Computing curriculum we teach the children about how to keep safe while using the internet and using different technological devices. We use the Think you know website and resources which are suitable for younger children.
The children are taught to;
- Check – check with an adult that it’s ok to use a computer or iPad.
- Ask – Ask an adult if you are not sure about anything that you see while using the internet or if you want to use a new program or app.
- Tell – Tell an adult if you are upset by something you see while using the internet.
Ofcom research in 2016 showed that almost 40% of 3-4 year olds and two thirds of 5-7year olds go online. There are real advantages in making sure that children are supported in their internet use right from the start.
Our annual E Safety meetings for all parents will be held on Wednesday 9th October in the school hall at 9.10 am in Gujarati and 2.15 pm in English.
Childnet has a useful guide for parents of young children to help them think about the issues involved.
The NSPCC has lots of advice for parents including Being Share Aware, Minecraft Safety advice and how to stay safe using Apps. The information can be found here:
Parents Online Safety Helpline (NSPCC)
Parents can contact the free NSPCC Online Safety Helpline with questions about parental controls or concerns about a social network their children are using on 08088005002
See safeguarding page for more information.