Computing at Allithwaite C of E Primary School
There are three aspects of the computing curriculum: computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL).
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. We include regular teaching of e-safety during each unit of work as well as e-safety enrichment days. This ensures that children feel confident when using computers and the Internet, and know what to do if they come across something either inappropriate or uncomfortable.
Computer science introduces children of all ages to understanding how computers and networks work. It will also give all children the opportunity to learn basic computer programming, from simple floor robots including Bob the Code-a-pillar in Early Years, right up to creating on-screen computer games and programmes as well as decoding complex codes by Year 6.
e-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Allithwaite C of E Primary School. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any e-Safety incidents are recorded and managed. e-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
The internet is essential in 21st century life for education, work and social interaction. As children move up through the school their access to various types of technology increases and it stands to reason that their exploration and curiosity increases too. The positives of the digital world overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives but children, schools and parents all need to be aware of various online risks.
At Allithwaite C of E Primary School, we follow the SMART Rules of Safe, Meet, Accepting, Reliable, Tell.
For Internet Safety Day 2022, we are asking you at home to select one of the following activities to complete at home with your child: