At Shirehampton Primary School, we use a skills-based computing scheme of work that provides cross-curricular links with other subjects including maths and topic. We learn about digital literacy (E-Safety), information technology and computer science in the context of meaningful learning experiences that increase children’s engagement in lessons. This can engage, enthuse and cause a real spark in children, opening their eyes to the digital world.
At Shirehampton Primary School, we aim to prepare our children to be ‘lifelong learners’ with the confidence and ability to develop their skills and understanding when meeting new challenges. Their learning environment should contribute to the development of these skills and they should have access to suitable, up-to-date equipment and emerging technologies. As computing is an increasing part of life today, it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and ability that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world. The use of ICT will enhance and extend children’s learning across the whole curriculum whilst developing motivation and social skills.
Our aim is to enable all our pupils and staff to be confident, competent, and independent users of ICT. We aim to use computing where appropriate to motivate and inspire pupils and raise standards across the curriculum. We will ensure teachers have the necessary training to deliver an up to date curriculum. We will ensure that children are aware of the possible risks when using the internet through a rolling programme of Online Safety assemblies and specific lessons as well as making sure the rules are displayed in each classroom area. Children and parents will be advised on the procedures and any breach of these will be noted and parents informed when necessary. Parents and children will be given any information necessary to keep them safe online both inside and outside of school.
The computing curriculum handbook detailing the progression of how this subject is taught across our school, can be found here.
In lockdown children will be spending more time at home and online accessing the internet to do remote learning and keep in touch with their friends and family. Here are some online safety tips for parents and carers as well as a guide to managing children's screen time.