Hayesdown First School

Striving for excellence together

Computing and E-Safety

COMPUTING 

At Hayesdown First School, we understand how important technology has become; not only in day-to-day life in school, but how interwoven it has become with everything we do within our modern world. It impacts on us from the careers we have to the way we choose to spend our time. The intent of our computing curriculum is to develop each child’s computer literacy and to begin preparing them for the wider world.

Computing teaching at Hayesdown First School has deep links with mathematics, science and English, as we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum whilst ensuring that pupils become digitally literate and digitally resilient. Technology is ever evolving, and we aim to develop pupils who can use and express themselves, develop their ideas through, information and communication technology at a suitable level for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

The aims of our Computing curriculum are to develop pupils who:

  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
  • Know how to keep themselves safe whilst using technology and on the internet and be able to minimise risk to themselves and others.
  • Become responsible, respectful and competent users of data, information and communication technology.
  • Can analyse problems in computational terms and have repeated practical experience writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
  • Become digitally literate and are active participants in a digital world.
  • Are equipped with the capability to use technology throughout their lives.
  • Understand the importance of governance and legislation regarding how information is used, stored, created, retrieved, shared and manipulated.
  • Utilise computational thinking beyond the Computing curriculum.
  • Understand and follow the SMART E-Safety rules.

 

Our computing curriculum links with our school’s REACH values in the following ways:

RESPONSIBLE: Children understand what acceptable behaviour is when using technology and how to use it responsibly
ENTHUSIASTIC Children learn through interactive, engaging and accessible learning opportunities
AMBITIOUS: Children learn how technology is ever changing and how important its role will be in their lives as they grow older and more independent
CONFIDENT  Children are confident to understand and use a variety of different media that is associated with technology
HAPPY & HEALTHY Children develop an understanding of e-Safety in order to protect themselves when they are using technology

E-Safety

E-Safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents, children and community at Hayesdown First School improve their own understanding of E-Safety issues so they can learn to use the Internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.

You can download the E-Safety leaflet from our workshop here

At home

The Internet can be used to learn, play, socialise and express ourselves. It is a highly creative place of a range of opportunities. The technology that children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online. You can download a simple checklist here that may offer help to enable you to protect your children online and decrease the risks they take.
Here are some starter conversation ideas from Childnet
– Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
– Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you? What is ok and what is not ok to share?
– Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find safety advice and how to report or block the services they use.
– Encourage your children to help you. They might be able to show you how to do something better online.
– Think about how you use the Internet and a family. What could you do together to get more out of the Internet?

Parent Resources
Here are a few Internet sites which are fantastic resources to support you and your child use the Internet safely.

6 apps and services that every parent should know about

BT, Virgin Media, Talk Talk and Sky advice

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

At School
As part of your child’s curriculum, access to the Internet is only provided during teacher supervised lessons. At Hayesdown we strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. We have taken positive steps, within school, to reduce the risks associated with the Internet. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering systems that restricts access to inappropriate materials.

During PSHE and ICT lessons, throughout the year, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the Internet. Each child signs an Acceptable Use Agreement (YR & KS1 and KS2) so that we know they have read and understood our school’s rules on staying safe. E-Safety Acceptable Use Agreements are available from the Reports & Policies tab.

For more information you can download our E-Safety Policy here