We recognise the important of ICT and Computing as a lifelong learning tool at Broad Square Primary School and recognition of the value of computing in all learning is key to our approach. Computing is taught in a variety of ways; where necessary, specific ICT skills are taught in discrete lessons; however, teaching also takes place using a cross-curricular approach. This allows children to transfer computing knowledge and skills and use technology for a real purpose. We are currently in the process of adapting our planning to include elements of the Kapow Primary scheme. This will allow a whole school progressive model which will give firm foundations and ensure children are reading to progress as they leave.
Kapow Primary’s Computing scheme of work has been designed as a spiral curriculum with the following key principles in mind:
- ✓ Cyclical: Pupils revisit the five key areas throughout KS1 and KS2.
- ✓ Increasing depth: Each time a key area is revisited, it is covered with greater complexity.
- ✓ Prior knowledge: Upon returning to each key area, prior knowledge is utilised so pupils can build on previous foundations, rather than starting again.
In order to promote the importance of computing, the use of specific computing equipment (such as computer programmable toys) is provided to ensure children are aware of current technologies and have the opportunity to learn key skills through their use from foundation stage to year 6.
Alongside our ICT partners, Hi-Impact, also support to ensure that we are providing our children with equipment and experiences that are in line with current expectations.
In addition, we also have a training program to ensure that staff are up to date with all of the latest techniques and software in order to deliver these opportunities successfully to the children.
We believe that it is crucial to teach pupils how to use the Internet safely, both at home and at school. We are a certified school member of National Online Safety which provides children and families with up-to-date information that helps them to navigate the online world safely when they communicate, learn and play. NSPCC and Kidsmart safety code to support our teaching in this area:
Kidsmart has been developed by the Childnet charity and is endorsed by the DfES http://www.kidsmart.org.uk.
The main aspects of this approach include the following five SMART tips:
- Safe - Staying safe involves being careful and not giving out your name, address, mobile phone no., school name or password to people online.
- Meeting someone you meet in cyberspace can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents'/carers' permission and then when they are present.
- Accepting e-mails or opening files from people you don't really know or trust can get you into trouble - they may contain viruses or nasty messages.
- Reliable - someone online may be lying and not be who they say they are. If you feel uncomfortable when chatting or messaging end the conversation.
- Tell your parent or carer if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried.