The Primary National Curriculum for Computing is split into three strands: information technology, digital literacy and computer science.
Information technology is about the use of computers for functional purposes, such as collecting and presenting information, or using search technology.
Digital literacy is about the safe and responsible use of technology, including recognising its advantages for collaboration or communication.
Computer science helps children of all ages to understand how computers and networks work. It gives all children the opportunity to learn basic computer programming, from simple floor robots in Years 1 and 2, right up to creating on-screen computer games and programmes by Year 6, using programming software such as Scratch or Kodu.
Lessons also include regular teaching of e-safety to ensure that children feel confident when using computers and the Internet, and know what to do if they come across something either inappropriate or uncomfortable.
At Glebe we use Rising Stars Switched on Computing as the basis of our weekly Computing lessons, this is then adapted based on the needs and interests of our children within each cohort. Each half term has a different focus, shared by all the year groups but with progressively more complex outcomes and contexts. Please click here for an overview of the units.
E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
You can download the DfE advice for parents on e-safety here.
You can access the DfE online parents support website called Parent Info here
As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
You can download a simple checklist below that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face. Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
At the start of the school year, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet. For more information you can download our E-safety policy and see additional resources below.