Hayesdown First School

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Computing and Online 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. We want them to be able to have open and honest discussions about how they use technology, discuss their likes but also feel comfortable to discuss and share their worries and know who to turn to when they need support.

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 Online 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 Online Safety in order to protect themselves when they are using technology

 

The yearly overview for Computing can be found here: Computing Curriculum Overview

The Computing progression model can be found here: Computing Progression Model

Online Safety

Online Safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. Every class will learn about online safety throughout the year as part of their computing curriculum as well as at various points of the year through assemblies, PSHRE and events like Safer Internet Day.

We also want to help our parents and community at Hayesdown First School improve their own understanding of Online Safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and digital media in a safe and secure way. For more information or support, please visit our Online Safety page which can be found under the ‘Information and Policies’ tab.

Online Safety Group

Our Online Safety group is made up of  the school community whose role is to promote Online Safety throughout the school through assemblies and events, as well as monitor developments throughout the wider world of technology and monitor our Online Safety provision. Our Online Safety group is made up of the Digital Leaders, Mrs Battersby (Headteacher & DSL), Mr Hawkins (Computing and Online Safety curriculum lead) and Mr Kitchen (governor).

Digital Leaders

As part of their captain responsibilities, there are a group of Year 4s who take the role of Digital Leaders for the school. As part of their role, the Digital Leaders help to maintain the various different pieces of technology within the school, help other year groups to access the technology and take part in different events to promote the safe use of technology.

 

Reading at the Heart of our Curriculum

Computing supports our school’s aim to place ‘reading at the heart of the curriculum’ by providing opportunity to read whenever they go online. We use technology to research and discover new information and ideas as well as analyse the authenticity of the source. We read code to to create and debug algorithms as well as reading data to allow us to investigate and share. Reading is crucial to the success of Computing.