Computing is threaded through all areas of our curriculum – we try to get as many cross curricular links in as we can. The skills are taught in weekly computing lessons. The curriculum is delivered in Foundation and Key Stage 1 using iPads. In Key Stage 2 we do have two iPad trolleys which are used on a rota basis in classrooms. We also have a computer suite which has 30 computers, where classes have a timetabled computing lesson at least once a week. The ICT room is also open during school breaktimes as a ‘Cyber Café’. We have decided to hold onto our ICT suite as we feel it is the right way to deliver the computing curriculum as the children get older. It also helps with the children’s transition to high school.
How to stay safe online is a huge part of the computing curriculum – this is covered weekly by class teachers in their lessons but our ‘Online Safety Week’ in the spring term is where we invite d:side Dave, an online safety expert, into school to deliver key messages to children. At this time, we also aim to educate families about the importance of keeping safe online by checking security settings; reminding families of the age limits set by social media websites and the importance and appropriateness of certificates that exist on popular games for consoles. The children and our families are constantly reminded and updated with the latest advice and issues that may occur – some come from parents being open about issues they have come across at home; others come directly from the Leeds Children’s Safeguarding Board. Regardless, when we feel it is important, we pass messages on.