Computing is an integral part of everyday life and will play an immeasurable part in our children’s futures. Mulgrave Primary School will provide our children with the skills, creativity and enthusiasm to live and thrive in a world increasingly dependent on computing.
Each child will be able to use the Internet in a safe and respectful way. They will understand the necessary precautions to take, to stay safe and know where to seek help. No child will feel threatened or unsafe whilst using the Internet at school or at home. Children will also utilise the Internet efficiently to enhance their learning of all subjects. The school will provide a rich bank of curriculum-based resources for children and parents to access at home.
Standards of attainment across the school will exceed that which is expected of our children nationally. The school will utilise up-to-date technology to achieve these outstanding results across all year groups. Children will be able to write and debug code successfully and with confidence, using a variety of languages. Extra-curricular groups will foster passion and creativity for computing. All staff will be confident users and teachers of all relevant software and hardware available.
Online Safety is integral to our responsibility to ensure that children are kept safe in school. The development of children’s digital awareness is woven throughout the Computing curriculum and also forms a part of our RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) provision.
Ofsted describes e-safety as: ‘a school’s ability to protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology, as well as having appropriate mechanisms in place to intervene and support any incident where appropriate.’
E-safety is a term which means not only the internet but other ways in which young people communicate using electronic media, e.g. mobile phones. It means ensuring that children and young people are protected from harm and supported to achieve the maximum benefit from new and developing technologies without risk to themselves or others.
At Mulgrave, we take the safeguarding of pupils and staff seriously. We work to ensure that we are helping to create safer environments for pupils, staff and families on-line as well as off.
Enabling pupils to take full advantage of technology and preparing them for the real world whilst providing a safe environment is a tricky balancing act. Locked-down systems that exert total control over what students can access online provides no opportunity for them to learn how to become digitally responsible.
Protecting students means providing a safe learning environment by using appropriate monitoring and filtering to control what pupils can access whilst at school. But, this only protects them while they are on school premises. Education around e-safety is the only way to ensure that, wherever they are, they know how to stay safe online.
The role that we as parents play in supporting our children to develop the life skills and knowledge they need to use the online world safely and confidently, is crucial.
As our children grow and inhabit an online world, that can sometimes be very different to the one we use, we may require support and advice in order to keep them safe.
Please click here to download Parent Zone's digital parenting magazine to help support you in ensuring that your child/children stay safe online.
Safer Internet Day
Our school takes part in Safer Internet Day which includes differentiated assemblies and activities across the school. This year, Barefoot Computing led the assembly which covered ways in which children can stay safe whilst online.
We have also recently started to use ‘Be Internet Legends’ resources to accompany the e-safety lessons taught within our ‘Switched On Computing’ curriculum.
Internet Safety Workshop
An Internet Safety Workshop for parents was delivered in the Summer Term 2019. The focus of the session was ‘Staying Safe Online’, demonstrating to parents the range of ways to set filters on devices ranging from mobile phones to games consoles. The workshop was well attended from parents across the school and received positive feedback:
"I am very thankful to Dave for such an informative workshop- before I attended I really did not know how to protect my children online." .
Long Term Curriculum Map
Please click here to see the Long Term Curriculum map for Computing (Years 1 - 6)