“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their use.” Bill Gates
Computing lessons aim to prepare our children for a constantly changing technological world driven by the internet and tablet devices. Our curriculum thoroughly embeds computing skills and concepts under the headings: Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT) and Digital Literacy (DS).
- Computer Science: Logical Reasoning and Solving Problems Through Coding
- Information Technology: Search, Collect, Design and Evaluate Information
- Digital Literacy: Use Technology Responsibly and safely, Recognise acceptable and unacceptable Behaviour, Identify how to Raise Concerns, Understand Collaborative Opportunities.
All classrooms have access to laptops, iPads and whiteboards with the capability to connect to the Internet. Children gain experience developing their skills in control technology, word processing, modelling and graphics, multi-media presentation, e-mail and using particular websites to access information. ICT enhances children’s learning by enabling them to present information and rapidly access ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures.
Computing permeates all areas of the curriculum.
At East Cowton and Kirkby Fleetham CE Schools we are committed to working with pupils, parents and the whole school community to safeguard children in the digital world. Online Safety is the topic for assemblies, lessons and special days throughout the year.
The children are taught about good online behaviours and how to protect themselves and their information whilst using the internet. They are taught what they should do if they have a problem online and who they can turn to in a time of need.
Supporting children and young people
Support for parents and carers
- Thinkuknow: helping adults protect children from online harm
- Parent Info: help and advice for families in a digital world
- Internet Matters: helping parents keep their children safe online
- NSPCC: online safety
- London grid for learning (LGfL): online safety
- UK safer internet centre: Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online
- Childnet international: parents and carers toolkit
- Parentzone: experts in digital family life
- LGfL: parents – scare or prepare
- Thinkuknow: what to do if there’s a viral scare online