We are currently updating some of our computing and online safety policies with regards to the new legislation for GDPR.
All school systems are run and maintained by our provider Oakfords with appropriate filtering and restrictions in place to limit what students and staff are able to access. Web traffic is monitored and logged in accordance with the Prevent Policy. E-safety plays a large roll in the PSHE and Computing Curriculum.
Our vision at Lydiard has always been help out children to be ready for life and learning with the confidence and ability to become fully conversant with current and future technologies and be able to adapt their skills and learning style to accommodate change. We hope that children become confident in using computers in the classroom and beyond to support all aspects of their learning. In turn we hope this will enhance the children’s access to all areas of the curriculum, allowing them to fulfil their potential and realise their talents. Children must also realise the wealth of information available to them via the use of technology and need to have the skills to tap into these sources effectively.
The new computing curriculum has moved some of the emphasis towards ‘how computers work’ rather than ‘how to use them’. Although teaching children ‘how to use them’ is still covered and is important, as the digital world continues to emerge around us, the technologies they are being exposed to are constantly evolving. With this in mind, we value teaching the children how to use a variety of software and services, especially online, on a variety of devices. This will include how to help the children to ‘stay safe’ online and how to get help if they feel unsafe.
Lydiard are following Wiltshire guidelines by grouping the skills in to the following:
- Computer Science and Networking
- Digital Literacy
- Creative Curriculum
Computer Science and Networking has the highest profile of the changes and is the area most people are wary of. At Lydiard, we have been covering many aspects of this already however, some of the technology and detail covered has moved even more towards preparing the children to think logically about how computers work and how the computers of the world link together. Buzz words you may hear are: coding, programming, debugging, network, the Internet, networks, packets, cyberbullying and more. Although the government are hoping to inspire more ‘Computer Programmers’ of the future, this doesn’t mean that the children will be expected to actually ‘write’ code’. Instead, they will be taught to programs that provide a GUI (Graphical User Interface) to program (or code) the computer e.g. make things move around the screen and make computer games. We do provide an ‘iPad and Coding’ club where children will get a chance to do more advanced programming and coding if they wish.
Please see the outlines for coverage for each year group to show how we are implementing the new computing curriculum – Computing Curriculum Implementation.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to come in and ask at the school office.
Here are some useful websites:
Modelling Real Life Situations
KS2 – Try the Cyber Café on this website (in the 8-11 section)
KS1 – Watch the ‘Hectors World’ videos on this website (in the 5-7 section)
We also offer help and advice during parents evenings and through safeguarding updates in newsletters.
http://scratch.mit.edu/ (Scratch – animation software to download)