Computing including On-Line Safety

AIMS

We follow the National Curriculum for computing and our aim is to ensure that all pupils:

  • Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • Can analyse problems in computational terms and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

KEY STAGE 1

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • Create and debug simple programs
  • Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
  • 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

KEY STAGE 2

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
  • Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
  • Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
  • Understand computer networks, including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
  • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact
 
PLEASE FIND BELOW A GUIDE TO SOME RECOMMENDED APPS TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN LEARN ABOUT COMPUTING:
 
 
ON-LINE SAFETY:
 
On Wednesday 21 November 2018, we held an on-line safety information evening, presented by Cambridgeshire County Council's Education ICT Service.  In addition to this, we would like to draw your attention to the booklet below which includes ideas for fun activities with your children regarding on-line safety.
 
Also, here is a link to the Rising Stars website where you can download free safety fact cards:
 
 

 

E-SAFETY

Assess the risks and opportunities:

Where are the devices? What can they do? Can your child get online in his / her bedroom?

  • Have you enabled any parental settings on devices / the internet as it comes into the house?
  • Disable or cover webcams to avoid accidental sharing of images and talk to your child about the risks of sharing images
  • Be clear about what your child is actually doing online?  Beware of this changing over time without you really realising!
  • Explore what your child is doing online, and where they go and who they can talk to. 

Know where to go for help, advice and more information: 

Remember:

Children’s use of technology presents both opportunities and risks which parents are constantly trying to balance.

  • There’s no such thing as risk free – have you minimised the risks to your child to a level you are comfortable with? 
  • Make conscious decisions about Content, Contact and Conduct risks online. 
  • Take an active interest in your child’s online activity.  Get them to show you – make it clear from the beginning that you’re interested and would like to be involved.
  • Remember NSPCC’s TEAM message – Talk, Explore, Agree, Manage.