Computing is an integral part of everyday life and will play an immeasurable part in our children’s futures. At Westbourne we believe computational thinking is a skill children must be taught in order to participate effectively in our digital world. It allows them to solve problems logically and strategically, with solutions that have been tested, evaluated and improved.
The computing curriculum has been developed to provide children with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. This has been divided into 3 strands:
Computer Science: This is the core of computing, in which children are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
Information Technology: children are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
Digital Literacy: Computing also ensures that children become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology.
The curriculum provides children with the necessary skills to become confident users of computers and software, enabling them to explore, create and interact responsibly.
Online Safety is embedded with our Computing curriculum:
Children are using the Internet more and more in their everyday lives. Together, we must make sure children remain safe online.
Online Safety Summary for Nursery and Reception:
Can I understand there are rules to follow when I am online?
Online Safety Summary for Year 1:
Children understand the importance of keeping information, such as usernames and passwords, private and actively demonstrate this in lessons. Children take ownership of their work and save this in their own private space such as their Google Drive.
Online Safety Summary for Year 2:
Children know the implications of inappropriate online searches. Children begin to understand how things are shared electronically such as sending an email. They develop an understanding of using email safely and know ways of reporting inappropriate behaviours and content to a trusted adult.
Online Safety Summary for Year 3:
Children demonstrate the importance of having a secure password and not sharing this with anyone else. Furthermore, children can explain the negative implications of failure to keep passwords safe and secure. They understand the importance of staying safe and the importance of their conduct when using familiar communication tools. They know more than one way to report unacceptable content and contact.
Online Safety Summary for Year 4:
Children can agree sensible online safety rules for the classroom and at home. They can help others to understand the importance of online safety. Children know a range of ways of reporting inappropriate content and contact.
Online Safety Summary for Year 5:
Children have a secure knowledge of common online safety rules and can apply this by demonstrating the safe and respectful use of a few different technologies and online services. Children relate appropriate online behaviour to their right to personal privacy and mental wellbeing of themselves and others. They can identify levels of online risk and question the reliability of information from online sources.
Online Safety Summary for Year 6:
Children demonstrate the safe and respectful use of a range of different technologies and online services. They identify more discreet inappropriate behaviours through developing critical thinking. They recognise the value in preserving their privacy when online for their own and other people’s safety.