At St. Joseph’s, we aim to provide a high-quality Computing curriculum and education which equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity necessary for use in daily and later life. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.
At the core of the computing curriculum, children are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming of apps, games and e-books.
Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content suitable for a given purpose. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate, so they are able to use and develop their ideas through information and communication technology. All of this, at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
We follow the National Curriculum for Computing. We aim to deliver a curriculum that allows our children to develop knowledge and understanding in all areas of Computing throughout their Primary years. Teachers plan their Computing lessons with reference to the school’s Progression of Knowledge and Skills document. This document ensures the curriculum is covered in a comprehensive way and that the skills and knowledge that are taught are progressive from one year group to the next.
Each lesson contains revision, analysis and problem-solving. Through the sequence of lessons, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of the digital world, see its place in their future and give teachers’ confidence. Cross-curricular links are also important in supporting other areas of learning. Our lesson plans and resources help children to build on prior knowledge at the same time as introducing new skills and challenges.
In KS1, the focus is on developing the use of algorithms, programming and how technology can be used safely and purposefully. In KS2, lessons still focus on algorithms, programming and coding but in a more complex way and for different purposes. Children also develop their knowledge of computer networks, internet services and the safe and purposeful use of the internet and technology. Data Handling is featured more heavily in UKS2. Skills learnt through KS1 and LKS2 are used to support data presentation.
Learning in computing will be enjoyed across the school. Teachers will have high expectations and quality evidence will be presented in a variety of forms. Children will use digital and technological vocabulary accurately, alongside a progression in their technical skills. They will be confident using a range of hardware and software and will produce high-quality purposeful products. Children will see the digital world as part of their world, extending beyond school, and understand that they have choices to make. They will be confident and respectful digital citizens going on to lead happy and healthy digital lives.
eSafety in School
At St. Joseph’s our pupils are regularly exposed to online safety teaching. This starts with our RSE/PSHE scheme, then our KS1 & Ks2 children are taught eSafety through our chosen scheme: “Education for a Connected World”. Through this teaching, pupils know how to keep themselves safe online and what to do if they see something that they don’t like online or if they don’t feel safe.
We also have Internet Safety days and assemblies.
Filtering and Monitoring
In school we have two electronic safeguards to prevent pupils from stumbling onto inappropriate information and to inform DSLs about any concerns:
- RM Safety Net provides web filtering
- Smoothwall Monitor which monitors and captures user activity as it happens, automatically sending potential risks through to our DSL Team.
eSafety Information for Parents and Carers
Children and young people spend a lot of time online – it can be a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. But children do also face risks like cyber bulling, seeing content that’s inappropriate or being groomed.
Offenders are where the children Are!
One of the fundamental and most important messages within safeguarding training (particularly online safety) is ‘offenders are where the children are.’ Although this may sound obvious, the tactics that offenders use are not always obvious. We all know that criminals will use a variety of social engineering tactics, but to be able to use those tactics there has to be some form of engagement, which requires communications features. So whether that is messaging on Snapchat or chatting within Roblox, if there is a communication feature there is a risk to any child or young person. You may be aware of Spotify, the globally popular music streaming service. Spotify doesn’t have the traditional messaging features but THIS news article shows how criminals will use any means possible to coerce and exploit children and young people.
There are ways that you can keep children and young people safe:
Talking to your child is one of the best ways to keep them safe. You can also use parental controls on social networks, online games and browsers and on both hardware and software that can filter or monitor what your child can see.
Preventing your children from using the internet or mobile phones won’t keep them safe in the long run, so it’s important to have conversations that help your child understand how to stay safe and what to do if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable.
Here are a few tips on how to keep them safe
- Have the conversation early and often
- Explore online together
- Know who your child is talking to online
- Set rules and agree boundaries
- Make sure that content is age-appropriate
- Use parental controls to filter, restrict, monitor or report content
- Check they know how to use privacy settings and reporting tools
Finding games for children which are appropriate for their age, which work on the devices the children use and the children will actually enjoy playing can be a minefield, particularly when parents are being bombarded with the ‘but everyone else is playing this game’ guilt trip. Game Finder is a new (free) service available from Taming Gaming which walks parents through various aspects, such as how old is your child? What devices do they have? What types of games do they like to play? And then gives a list of recommendations of suitable games. You can find Game Finder HERE.
Online Safety Information
- We upload eSafety information onto Class Dojo and add regular updates to our newsletter, but you can also find out more information from the Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership
Trust eSafety Policy
The BKCAT Trust eSafety policy can be found on the trust website here. Search “esafety”
Useful links about e-Safety
- Parent Zone
- NSPCC E-Safety
- Childline is a free service which is able to support children to deal with a wide range of problems including online safety issues. This is an important service to make your children aware of as they can contact ChildLine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if they are struggling to deal with a situation and need support. For children uncomfortable with talking to somebody directly there is a one-to-one online chat service.
- Young Minds
- Young Minds is a charity which is committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. It offers children 24/7 access to trained volunteers with support from experienced clinical supervisors. It also provides a helpline for parents.
- CEOP Education
- The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is a branch within the police which helps young people who are being approached online about sex or are suffering sexual abuse. It is essential that children know when to ‘Click CEOP’ as this can be the most effective means for stopping grooming, sexual abuse of many types and sexploitation. If talking with children about such online safety issues it is important to remind them of the availability of this service and the support it offers.
- Kooth provides free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. If you have concerns or need advice Kooth provides lots of guidance and even anonymous access to teams of friendly counsellors who are expert in providing mental health support to young people. You can contact them until 10pm every day. Visit www.kooth.com for more information.
- ‘Report-Remove’ is a tool provided by ChildLine and the Internet Watch Foundation. If a child under 18 discovers that a nude image or video of them has been shared online, they can use this tool to report it and have it removed from the internet.
- Shout is a new service to support people who are struggling with their mental health. Shout is the UK’s first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place for people to go if they are struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Making pupils aware of this service could be extremely useful, particularly for when issues arise outside school hours or during holidays. Anybody can text Shout to 85258 for support.
Useful Help Guides from Wakefield SGP
- Parental Guide PlayStation
- Parental Guide Nintendo 3DS
- Parental Guide Xbox One
- Parental Guide Xbox 360
- Parental Guide WiiU
- Parental Guide Nintendo Switch
- E-Safety Tips 0 – 5 Year Olds
- E-Safety Tips 6 – 10 Year Olds
- E-Safety 11-13 Year Olds