Intent, Implementation and Impact of our Computing Curriculum
At Hanslope Primary School, it is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We want children to know more, remember more and understand more in computing so that they leave primary school computer literate. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.
In this school, we intend to build a computing curriculum that develops pupil’s learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge of the world around them which ensures all pupils can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including logic, algorithms and data representation.
Our intention is also to build a computing curriculum that prepares pupils to live safely in an increasingly digital British society where pupils can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
At Hanslope there is a clear and effective, bespoke cross curricular scheme of work that provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum. Teaching and learning facilitates progression across all key stages within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science through:
- Access to resources which aid in the acquisition of skills and knowledge.
- Children having access to the hardware (computers, tablets, programmable equipment) and software that they need to develop knowledge and skills of digital systems and their applications
- A clear and effective scheme of work that provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum.
- Teaching and learning that facilitates progression across all key stages within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science. Children have the opportunity to explore and respond to key issues such as digital communication, cyber-bullying, online safety, security, plagiarism and social media.
- Wider Curriculum links and opportunities for the safe use of digital systems which are considered in wider curriculum planning.
- The importance of online safety is shown through displays within the learning environment.
- Parents are informed when issues relating to online safety arise and further information/support is provided if required.
- As well as opportunities underpinned within the scheme of work, children will also spend time further exploring the key issues associated with online safety.
Children at Hanslope will be confident users of technology; able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school. They will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving. Furthermore, our pupils will be able to apply the British values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty when using digital systems.
During this time of national emergency our children are spending longer than ever using devices which are able to access the internet. It is vital that their online safety is monitored regularly by parents so that you know what websites they are accessing and who they are communicating with.
As young people spend more time online there is also an increase in the chances that they will see something which isn’t intended for them such as mean comments or fake news. There are lots of websites that you can use to seek advice on how to support your child as well as telling you how to report inappropriate behaviour.
The best way to help keep your children safe online during lockdown is to continue having conversations around online safety, regularly check phone and app settings together, and manage time online.
But it’s also a challenging time. If your usual rules and routines around online safety have stopped or changed, then be kind to yourself and think why. It might be that they just don’t work during lockdown. Remember that it’s ok to adapt and make the right changes for you family.
Listed below are some useful websites:
Net-aware is a good place to get the information you need to help keep your children safe during lockdown - https://www.net-aware.org.uk/news/8-tips-for-keeping-your-kids-safe-online-during-lockdown/ as is the online safety page run by the NSPCC which was updated in January https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2020/may/online-safety-during-coronavirus.
Additionally, you can look at the documents published by ThinkuKnow, which is the national online safety education programme from CEOP, the online child protection command of the national Crime Agency. Each fortnight they publish a number of activities that you can explore with your child (the parent’s help sheet will be published on the school website https://www.hanslopeschool.co.uk/learning-/computing ).
You can report harmful content using the following website - https://reportharmfulcontent.com/ It is designed to help you report anything you believe shouldn’t be online, with guidance to report different types of content as well as next steps you can take if your report isn’t actioned by the site or service you have made it on.
If you have any concerns regarding any aspect of safeguarding, please do not hesitate to contact the school. If there is an urgent need for support or you are worried about the welfare of a young person please contact MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) on 01908 253169 (out of office hours call 01908 265545).