At Thornton Dale, we are committed to teaching our children about the importance of keeping themselves safe. In today’s modern society, this is particularly prevalent for e-safety and we have a responsibility to teach children how to keep themselves safe when using tablets and other devices, and when accessing the internet.
It is now estimated that 86% of 3 year old's have their own tablet or device, which is often connected to the internet.
- To inspire and challenge our children, through a safe and happy learning environment
- To achieve excellent standards including all aspects of the National Curriculum objectives for computing and e-safety.
- To engage and excite our children about computing and e-safety through real, relevant and purposeful learning, including hands on practical use of computing equipment, apps and online tools and resources.
- To inspire a passion for learning in our children and build confidence to create programs, systems and a range of content, to take risks and experiment in their work driving their knowledge and understanding of the use of computing software.
- For pupils to be equipped with knowledge and understanding of the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming
- To equip children with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need to become active participants in the digital world and future workplaces.
- To ensure that the computing curriculum is built around the National Curriculum, statutory expectations and is taught consistently across school
- Ensure pupils are digitally literate, being able to use, express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology
- To all pupils to understand and apply fundamental principles and concepts – including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representations
- For pupils to analyse and experience writing computer problems
- To allow pupils to evaluate and apply information technology, including solving problems
- Ensure pupils are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of communication and information technology.
- To enable our children to articulate their learning confidently and to remember knowledge and vocabulary.
- To empower our children to gain the benefits from an increasingly connected online world whilst understanding how they can contribute to their own safety and wellbeing online.
- In EYFS, we implement technology through a wide range of technological toys. We use iPads to support reading, phonics and maths as well as teach children about the importance of keeping themselves safe when using electronic equipment and the internet. Children use age appropriate technology in their imaginative play, such as cameras and pretend telephones.
- Computing is taught through cross-curricular ‘Learning Missions’. While technology is no longer part of the EYFS Profile, we have mapped curriculum progression in Computing from EYFS using the non-statutory Development Matters guidance through to Year 6. The curriculum progresses each year (See curriculum progression document).
- Learning Missions include ‘focus tasks’ which every child completes linked to National Curriculum objectives. The children then have a choice of additional activities to further learning, practice retrieval and apply their knowledge to different contexts. Computing is threaded through all learning missions so that children become proficient with technology and the standards in their year group.
- Learning Mission journeys reflect what is being taught, vocabulary, relevant diagrams, photos and knowledge organisers
Children are taught explicitly how to stay safe online, reinforced frequently in cross curricular subjects where appropriate. All staff are trained and confident in online safety. They know how to identify and respond to concerns raised by pupils. Staff are also skilled at teaching children to keep themselves safe online, using advised guidance. A safe and happy environment, which promotes mutual respect and trust, also supports this.
Any e-safety concerns are logged accordingly.
- Pupils have a thorough understanding of the importance of staying safe online and know what to do if they have any concerns.
- Pupils can access and follow an ambitious curriculum that is based around real-life skills.
Regular monitoring is undertaken by our Computing Lead, Matt Seeley.
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