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ICT is integrated into all aspects of our lives, from watching TV, playing music and now with communicating with family and friends all around the globe.

We have purchased the Rising Stars 'Switched on to Computing' scheme that provides each class teacher with a planned year of computing lessons. These will ensure that we cover all the areas of the new computing curriculum set out by the government. The teachers are supported by our computing consultant, Mr. France, who supports them in lessons on a rota, providing expert ‘hands on’ assistance.

One of the main changes in the new curriculum is that children learn how to program and debug. The skills taught and developed will help to produce the next generation of computer game, app and software designers. In addition to Rising Stars, we will also use ‘espresso coding’. The children can access this (and the main espresso site) by logging on to espresso home (via the school website link tab).

Pupil Username: student25873

Pupil Password: wood139

E-Safety: Where do we start? 

The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much. 

You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline? 

This site aims to make online parenting simple. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Primary 

Top Tips 

  • Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.
  • Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child. The Thinkuknow site has films, games and advice for children from five all the way to 16.
  • Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
  • Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
  • Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.
  • Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.
  • Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s wifi? This will affect whether the safety setting you set are being applied.
  • Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. Find your service provider and learn how to set your controls
  • Other esafety websites:
  • Childnet: http://www.childnet.com/resources/know-it-all-for-parents
  • NSPCC: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/help-and-advice/for-parents/online-safety/online-safety_wdh99554.html
  • E safety videos: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/parentsguide/
  • Jigsaw 8-10 year olds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o8auwnJtqE
  • Newsround; Caught in the web: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgCNGvL0g1g

The Curriculum

The following grid outlines what the children will be taught as they progress through school, however, we must all begin with the basics and so for that reason, all KS2 will follow the Y3 curriculum this year. Next year, 2015-16, Y3 will follow the same curriculum while Y4-6 follow the Y4 curriculum. This will continue until all the year groups are following the correct curriculum. The same is happening in KS1: Y1 and Y2 are following the Y1 curriculum this year with Y2 building on that next year.

Computing Whole School Overview

Autumn 1

E-Safety

2 week unit

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

F2

(Each number is an activity.)

Every child will be introduced to the Woodbrook e-safety charter.

They will learn the steps of who they should report an e- safety issue to.

1: We have confidence.

2: We can take turns.

3: We are successful

4: We have feelings.

5. We can drive.

6. We are DJ’s.

7. We can exercise.

8. We are healthy.

9. We can listen.

10. We can understand instructions.

11. We can understand messages.

12. We are talkers.

13. We are digital readers.

14. We can email.

15. We can blog.

16. We can count.

17. We are designers.

18. We are shape makers.

19. We are community members.

20. We can observe.

21. We are game players. 

22. We are creative.

23. We can record soundtracks.

24. We are film producers.

Y1

Using programmable toys.

Filming the steps of a recipe.

Illustrating an eBook

Finding images using the web.

Producing a talking book.

Creating a card digitally. 

Y2

Programming on screen.

Exploring how computer games work.

Taking better photos.

Researching a topic.

Collecting clues.

Collecting data about bugs.

Y3

Programming an animation.

Finding and correcting bugs in programs.

Videoing Performance.

Exploring computer networks, including the internet.

Communicating safely on the internet.

Collecting and analysing data.

Y4

Developing a simple educational game.

Prototyping an interactive toy.

Producing digital music.

Editing and writing HTML.

Producing a wiki.

Presenting the weather.

Y5

Developing an interactive game.

Cracking codes.

Fusing geometry and art.

Creating a website about cyber safety.

Sharing experiences and opinions.

Creating a virtual space. 

Y6

Planning the creation of a mobile app.

Developing project management skills.

Researching project management skills.

Researching an interface for an app.

Developing a simple mobile phone app.

Creating video and web copy for a mobile phone app.

  To view our ICT Policy please click on the image below

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To view our e-Safety Policy please click on the image below

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To view our Children e-Safeguarding Charter please click on the image below

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To view our Acceptable Use Policy please click on the image below

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Woodsetts Primary School is part of White Woods Primary Academy Trust.  White Woods Primary Academy Trust is an exempt charity regulated by the Secretary of State for Education.  It is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (Company Number 8589470) whose registered office is at Whiston Worrygoose J&I School, Hall Close Avenue, Whiston, Rotherham , S60 4AG.

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