Sapere aude - Dare to be wise

COMPUTING

At St. Edburg's we believe that Information Communication Technology is a fundamental part of modern day everyday life. We are committed to embedding technology into routines and teaching, to prepare our children for using technology competently and safely as they progress through their education into adulthood.

Our aims:

  • For IT to be embedded into our routines and systems and for our school to use IT to manage itself.
  • For staff to be confident and competent with using technology and for them to be able to access and share resources with ease both inside and outside school.
  • For staff to know how best to use technology to enhance teaching and learning and to be inspired by it.
  • For the computer curriculum and use of technology in our school to be innovative, exciting and challenging.
  • For all members of our school to know how to use technology safely.
  • For technology to enhance our children's learning experiences and learning outcomes.
  • For our children to become independent users of technology choosing when and how to use technology to aid their learning.
  • For our children to be confident and competent with using a range of technologies and to be prepared for using technology in adulthood.

 

E-SAFETY POLICY

COMPUTING CURRICULUM PLANS

 

How to help your child develop Computing Confidence

Foundation Stage/Key stage 1

  • Use the vast range of resources available on the Internet such as CBeebies/BBC Schools, Dance Mat Typing or some of the fantastic apps available for use on tablets such as Daisy the Dinosaur, Bee-Bot, Lego Fix Factory, Photo booth.

  • Let your child use remote control toys, walkie talkies etc.

  • Use a CD player/recorder/tablet to listen to or record stories, sounds, and ask them questions related to this.

  • Play educational games available online or on tablets.

  • Use painting software such as Windows paint, (available on most computers as part of windows package) this is a good way for your child to develop mouse skills and control, but also to develop their artistic skills using technology. There are also many art/creative apps available that will help develop skills with photography, drawing, video i.e. Photo Booth, iMovie, Doink, Toontastic, Sock Puppets .

  • Encourage your child to write thank you notes, room labels or similar using a word processing program, this will help them to develop their keyboard skills.

  • Touch typing is an invaluable skill, but just being familiar with the keyboard layout etc. and to be able to type with more than one finger will really help your child when using the computer. BBC Dance Mat typing is a free online touch typing course designed to be used by children

  • Watching educational programmes, DVD's, or the Internet is a good way to get your child to gather information.

  • Talk to your child regularly about E-Safety, set up parental controls on devices, discuss what to do if worried by anything online. Look at the Think u Know e-safety website together.

Key stage 2

  • Encourage your child to make cards, invitations, write letters, present homework etc. using software such as Word, Publisher, Power Point.

  • Let your child send e-mails to friends and family.

  • Use the Internet to find out information for homework, for cinema, train times, research where you're going on holiday. The Internet is a really useful way of gathering information on a range of topics.

  • Use digital cameras/tablets and use the photographs to present a project. Use electronic sound/music equipment. Apps such as iMovie will help children develop skills with video recording and editing.

  • Map reading or just vocalising directions with your child will help them to understand some of the control language they use when using Logo software in school.

  • Programming is a large part of the computing curriculum and the children love it; there are some fantastic free online resources and apps that the children could use at home to enhance the skills they learn at school such as Scratch, Kodu, BBC coding, FMS Logo online or apps such as Kodu, Hopscotch, Kodable, Python.
  • Talk to your child regularly about E-Safety, set up parental controls on devices, discuss what to do if worried by anything online, encourage them to use secure passwords and to know rules about downloading content, who it is safe to talk to and share information/photos with online. Look at the Think u Know e-safety website together. 

Below are links to some of the resources mentioned above which are free and safe to download and use at home.

 

Scratch

 FMS Logo

Kodu

Dance Mat Typing

CBeebies

CBBC

BBC Bitesize

BBC Computing