We follow the National Curriculum and have made some enhancements such as joining in with Safer Internet Day annually, inviting Digital PCSO’s from Merseyside police to educate our children on e-safety, as well as opportunities to develop Computing during woodland learning sessions. All pupils study Computing including those who have SEN and/or disabilities and those who are disadvantaged. The pupils gain knowledge about the three main strands of Computing, Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Computer Science, every year. We have built our own scheme of work which builds in complexity so that pupils can build their skills and knowledge. Knowledge and skills are constantly revisited and refreshed to ensure that they become embedded. To aid understanding subject specific vocabulary is taught explicitly within every lesson. We have created end points for each topic and milestones for the end of each year to show what pupils should know and can do. As the children move to the next year group, the next teacher then knows where to start.
Pupils come from a mixed urban area of Wirral; our vision is to support children in becoming creative, independent learners and ensure they develop a healthy relationship with technology. At our school we value and recognise the contribution that technology can make for the benefit of all pupils, staff, parents, governors and society. We strive to provide safe opportunities in computing to motivate, inspire and raise standards across the curriculum. Everyone in our school community will be equipped with the digital skills to meet developing technology with confidence, enthusiasm and prepare them for a future in an ever-changing world. Our curriculum supports the key aims of the government’s Internet Safety Strategy (Digital Literacy / UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) framework) of supporting children to stay safe and make a positive contribution online, as well enabling teachers to develop effective strategies for understanding and handling online risks. To build pupils’ cultural capital, they also study the work of computer scientists who are nationally important. Our core values; resilience, respect and responsibility are continually developed through all Computing learning experiences.
Year 1: Digital Literacy
Year 1 have learnt how they can use a search engine to find answers and different types of media e.g. videos. They have also learnt how to find out information about others and know what personal data is, to know what you can do online and who to trust, to understand why creating an Avator is important rather than showing your true identify and to know how to save work into a safe secure area and who has access to this.
Year 2: Digital Literacy
Year 2 children have developed their knowledge of the risks of their online lives as well as developing skills when using online services. They have had stimulating classroom discussions about certain situations that may arise when online which have got them thinking critically about their online lives.
Year 5: Digital Literacy
In Autumn 1, as part of the Digital Literacy unit, Year 5 developed key e-safety skills including more about their online identity, the importance of safe and appropriate online communication, how to report online bullying, the concept of copyright, creating strong passwords and the reliability of information on the internet.
Year 5: Digital Literacy
Every child wants to be a ‘Youtuber’. In this unit children will learn about what that actually means and they will explore the positive and negatives associated with being a YouTuber. The children are given the opportunity to create their own vlog, edit and then critique it. In completing this unit the children will learn about online safety. In relating the learning outcomes to a YouTuber the children will consider the risks of their online lives in a real life scenario. Throughout this activity there are lots of opportunities to discuss online safety with the children.
5A learnt about vlogging and what a vlogger does. The children discussed their favourite YouTubers before we learnt about Daniel Middleton - in 2017 he was the highest grossing UK based Youtuber (reported £12.3 million for the year). He is best known for his commentaries on Minecraft but posts videos about anything he feels like. 5A watched one of his videos on YouTube and critically analysed the purpose of the video and then completed a challenge: children had a go at some blind fold drawings. They were asked to commentate on the drawing and another child to film them with an iPad and then compare the quality of the videos.
Year 6: Digital Literacy
Year 6 have been enjoying learning about how to stay safe on the internet and when using social media. We have recently started creating our own online safety journals using the Book Creator app.