All pupils at Roselands Primary School have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. At Roselands Primary School, the core of computing is Computer Science in which pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, including ChromeBooks, iPads, Beebots, and unplugged tasks allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. We teach a curriculum that enables children to become effective users of technology who can: Understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms and data representation; Analyse problems in computational term, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems; Evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems; Communicate ideas well by utilising appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum.
In Early Years children will be exposed to the understanding of internet safety as they explore the world around them and how technology is an everyday part of their learning and understanding of the world. They will begin to use devices such as iPads to access digital content and explore and retrieve information. They will use physical resources such as Beebots and Code-a-pillars to begin to explore the concept of algorithms.
In Key Stage 1 the children will begin to understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will be taught to create and debug simple programs and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs. This will be taught through a combination of digital programs and physical resources. They will be shown how to use a range of technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content as well as recognise common uses of information technology beyond school. They will be taught to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. Children in Key Stage 1 will be introduced to their Google account and the wide range of Google Apps. They will become familiar with logging into these accounts and accessing learning on different devices. Each of these skills will be taught through exciting half termly units.
In Key Stage 2 the children will design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts. They will use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs, use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and correct errors in algorithms and programs. These skills will be taught through programs such as Scratch, Hopscotch and unplugged tasks. Children will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. They will use search technologies effectively, learn to appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content. Children will be taught to select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals. They will use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
At Roselands we're always keen to promote stranger danger in all of its forms. Although the Internet has lots to offer (and we certainly don't like to be without it here at Roselands!) we know that we have to encourage children to use it with caution. Children are taught regularly about how they can do this through regular online safety sessions and our philosophy for children topics, as well as being interwoven throughout the rest of our curriculum. However, it is not just the children's responsibility to know how to behave online. Parents too have a responsibility to challenge their children and be fully aware of what their child accesses online.Our children no longer differentiate between an online and offline world and it is our job to understand this. The issues that used to arise on the playground, now arise online.
The attached presentation offers lots of thought provoking ideas on how we can keep our children safe. The big messages are TALK - create an open forum for discussion (even if it might be about an awkward topic) and PLAY alongside your children so you have an understanding of what their world (whether it be online or offline) entails.
If you have any further questions about how to keep your child safe, please contact our family support worker Rebecca Goddard or our Online Safety Lead Jack Yard.