At Northway, Computing and Online Safety is given high priority. We ensure that there is a clear progression of learning for Computing planned into the curriculum but also that Computing is integrated across the curriculum so pupils can apply their computing knowledge and skills to other curriculum areas.
In EYFS, computing is part of every day life and continuous provision and in Key stage 1, we follow the computing scheme 'Switched On Computing' curriculum.
We aim to ensure that all children understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, digital literacy and information technology at an age appropriate level and by the time they leave in year 2.
In each and every lesson, all children will also learn about aspects of online safety and the importance of this given the content of their lesson e.g. gaming or using headsets. These sessions aim to teach children how to be responsible, competent and confident users of ICT, always ensuring they are safe. We have made our KS1 Online Safety teaching cross curricular and linked it to informative stories which will enable the children to comprehend how characters act and feel.
Through 'Switched On Computing' pupils will be taught to understand what algorithms are and will create and debug simple programs. Children will use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content and recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
Technology is always used safely and respectfully and children know where to go for help and support if they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. Children will engage in computing days such as 'Safer Internet Day' where the whole school has a specific internet focus and learning is planned and delivered around this theme. Every term we focus on a digital literacy book which focuses on keeping safe and using devices.
We also realise the importance of educating and working with parents to keeping our children safe online - so therefore we also run computing workshops for parents and ensure that online safety is part of our school newsletter.
Digital Learning Curriculum (E-safety)
'Switched On' Computing Curriculum Overview