Turton and Edgworth Church of England Methodist Primary School

Computing

Content reviewed and updated by Mrs Stott 2014

The content of the Computing curriculum (September 2013) can be split into 3 key aspects of learning; computer science, information technology and digital literacy.

KS1

Computer science

  • 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.

Information Technology

  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.

Digital Technology

  • 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.

KS2

Computer science

  • Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or stimulating 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 WWW.
  • Appreciate how (search) results are selected and ranked.

Information Technology

  • Use search technologies effectively.
  • 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.

Digital Technology

  • Understand the opportunities (networks) offer for communication and collaboration.
  • Be discerning in evaluating digital content.
  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour, identify a range of ways to repeat concerns about content and contact.

Resources

E-Safety

Our children are using computers and the internet more and more as an essential part of learning, as required by the National Curriculum. We take e-safety very seriously and try to ensure that parents, guardians and pupils are fully aware of appropriate behaviour when using computers.

At school our children learn about every aspect of e-safety including:

  • Compiling and agreeing to e-safety rules
  • Knowing what to do if they visit inappropriate sites
  • Understanding why not all websites are suitable for children including social networking and YouTube
  • Security of photographs, personal information and passwords
  • Reliability of information found on websites
  • Cyber bullying

At school we use comprehensive image control called Esafe which aims to block inappropriate images on the web browser. You can find more information and purchase Esafe by visiting www.esafeeducation.co.uk

We also have many websites blocked or password protected. We use You Tube as a teaching tool but it is password protected to prevent children accessing it individually.

Hector the dolphin is also installed onto all computers. Children may click on him in the unlikely event that they see something that they are uncomfortable with. You can download Hector onto your own computer by clicking on him.

Children know that using the internet at school is safer than home because of various filters and software. It is therefore essential that they understand that using the internet at home requires a lot of understanding of e-safety rules. Here are a few steps you can take to help your child stay safe:

  • Try to be in the same room as your child when they are on the internet
  • Add your child's favourite sites to My Favourites and get them used to accusing them from favourites
  • Use one of these search engines as they are child friendly: www.yahooligans.com or www.askkids.com
  • Download Hector the dolphin

Here are some fun websites to visit;

Video about making surfing the Internet safer
Grid Club
Crucial Crew
Hector’s World
Kidsmart
Think u Know age 8-10
Know It All

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