Computing and E-Safety
The Importance of Computing
We believe that an engaging and motivating Computing curriculum will enable our learners to:
- Use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world around them.
- Make deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology.
- Build knowledge of principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
- Become digitally literate - able to safely use, express themselves and develop ideas through information and communication technology.
Working with Pro-Bots:
We aim to deliver a progressive e-Safety curriculum which ensures that all pupils are able to develop skills to keep them safe online. Opportunities for learning about e-Safety are part of PSHE and reinforced whenever technology is used.
Clear rules for e-Safety are agreed by each class at the beginning of every year. Parents and pupils sign an acceptable user policy together when a pupil first starts at the school.
The South West Grid for Learning schemes of work based on Common Sense Media’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum empower learners to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. These schemes are followed by every year group in our school as part of our e-Safety curriculum.
E-Safety learning is also threaded throughout units within ‘Switched on Computing’, our current scheme of work, which allows teachers to regularly revisit and reinforce key safety messages.
The school supports the international Safer Internet Day each February and provides opportunities for pupils to consider cyberbullying as part of Anti-Bullying week in the Autumn term.