Computing and E-Safety

Computing Aims

Technology is part of everyday life. At St. Peter’s, we hope to prepare our children for a future in an environment which is shaped by technology.

The main priority of computing at St. Peter’s is to engage children with cross-curricular learning through interacting with a variety of technology. We see technology as enriching learning opportunities. Therefore, we endeavour to provide computing opportunities throughout each area of the curriculum to provide a stimulus for learning.

We aim to develop confident, independent learners who are able to plan, design, create, program and evaluate information through the use of ICT. As well as the benefits of ICT, we are also aware of the risks. This is why we prepare our children to stay safe online through the use of e-safety awareness sessions and safer internet days.

In Key Stage 1 the children will learn to understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will be taught to create and debug simple programs and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs. They will be shown how to use a range of technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content as well as recognise common uses of information technology beyond school. They will be taught to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. Each of these skills will be taught through exciting half termly units.

In Key Stage 2 the children will design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.  They will use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs, use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and correct errors in algorithms and programs. Children will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. They will use search technologies effectively, learn to appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content. Children will be taught to select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals. They will use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

Our children in Early Years provision will be exposed to the understanding of internet safety as they explore the world around them and how technology is an everyday part of their learning and understanding of the world.

Please see our Curriculum Intent page for Subject Overviews.

 

Digital Hacks to Make Tech Work Better for Your Family
Get up to date with the latest apps young people are using
Have a conversation about internet use
How to be safe online performance – by Ellie Y6
How to block people on Instagram
Keeping Young Children Safe Online
Messenger Kids
Minecraft Glossary for Parents
Minecraft Support for Parents
Parents Guide to Instgram
Pokemon Go
Snapchat and other messaging services
Social Media Age Limits
Staying Safe This Summer
Internet Matters – Information, advice and support to keep your children safe online
Digiduck’s Big Decision – the appChildnet’s popular e-safety story
Think U Know Website – Practical tips and simple guidance for when your child is online.