Computing

Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world. From the time that they start school, pupils are introduced to the key range of applications that computers can offer to their wider learning as listed in the National Curriculum for Computing.

National curriculum in England: computing programmes of study

These include design, finding things out, word-processing, data handling and control.

A sample overview of the Computing Curriculum for St Michael’s can be found in the document below.  (NB the following abbreviations are used in the document (CS) computer science , (IT) information technology and (DL) digital literacy.

E-Safety and E-Learning Code of Conduct

Children at St Michael’s School use the internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular e-Safety activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe on-line.

We have an E-Learning Code of Conduct which we teach to the children and which we ask them to sign to show that they agree to a set of rules which will keep them and others safe whilst using the internet.  This is also sent home and we ask parents to adopt the code when children are using the internet at home.

Below are a selection of links to some very useful information regarding e-safety for parents, carers and children.

Think U Know – containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).

Internet Safety Zone – Look in the ‘Under 13s’ section for useful safety advice and information.

Kidsmart – An award-winning internet safety programme for children.

Know IT All – lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.

Bullying UK – Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.

Kidscape – An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.

Childline – ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.

BBC Stay Safe – Test your Internet safety knowledge with Hacker and help the Horrible Histories gang stay safe online

Net Smartz Kids– Click on the image opposite to visit the Net Smartz Kids website for lots of e-safety activities.

Childnet International – website to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”.

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