Computing Lead and Online Safeguarding Officer
***Please contact Mr Reynolds if you have any concerns regarding any online activity regarding your child in school***
What we believe for our curriculum
As technology develops and changes, we prepare pupils at Holbrook for the future. The bespoke curriculum of Computing at Holbrook is designed with our pupils in mind. It allows them to reflect on their online behaviours and prepare for the advancements of the 21st century. The skills learnt throughout our Computing Curriculum make sure pupils are empowered to make appropriate decisions online. Pupils are also able to make their own referrals when there has been an incident. We take pride in developing global citizens who make appropriate choices in both the online and offline world. We have created an open and honest culture at Holbrook. Pupils have the confidence to share any concerns relating to any online platform.
Within Computing sessions we aim to support pupils by:
Skills are modelled and taught within our Computer Suite using different equipment. This includes iPads, laptops, workstations and also our own 3D printer. Higher order skills are being developed by pupils such as programming and debugging. Long gone are the days of solely focusing on word processing skills.
How we put our aims into daily practice
A clear progression of skills has been created for pupils from EYFS to Year 6. Skills are built upon to ensure that pupils make, or exceed, expected progress. Units of work link to foundation subjects and the topic themes. During the World at War topic, children link to their computer coding understanding. They record their own call to arm speeches using appropriate software. This example demonstrates one area which links to our broader curriculum. Pupils apply new learning, but also have the opportunity to revisit concepts.
Children build on skills they have learnt in all foundation subjects. We weave their knowledge through many curriculum areas. Staff use schema words to make sure children use appropriate language. Parents are involved with changes in the computing curriculum. Monthly newsletters about online safety and also parent workshops.
Pupils use a range of excellent resources to apply their learning. This includes includes BeeBots, Crumble Bots, SCRATCH, iPads and SketchUp. These exciting pieces of hardware ensure that pupils have a passion for computing. This fires enquiring minds.
The Computing subject leader provides a strategic lead for Computing at Holbrook. They ‘fly the flag’ for their subject by supporting colleagues in their teaching. This also keeps themselves informed about current developments in the subject. They also take the lead in policy development by producing and overseeing units of work. The progression of skills across the school. They work closely with other subject leads to identify cross-curricular links. Work with other schools and the wider community enables the Computing subject lead to develop standards.
We are successful because
The curriculum design at Holbrook has been developed to link foundation and core subjects closely. This is achieved by the Progression of Skills grid. Here are number of ways we have, and will, support learning for pupils:
-Digital Ambassadors are role models in this area to promote safe use of online platforms. They provide steps to report concerns online. Ensuring, that pupils feel empowered and have a voice.
-Workshops and monthly newsletters provide parents/carers with helpful tips online. Children use Prejudicial Forms to report concerns.
-Competitions held by Digital Ambassadors promote Online Safeguarding and promote model citizens online. Children have had training by staff from Schools Choice to ensure they are up-to-date with current changes on e-platforms. This also includes how to approach online safeguarding.
-RoboClub meet regularly to promote programming for pupils in Year 5 and 6. Events have included going to BT competitions and also meeting Tim Peak. These sessions build on pupils problem solving skills and also basic computer programming. Pupils have won many of their rounds during the 2019 meetings. They can be found on the ‘Hall of Fame’ in our ICT Suite. Schools visits promote STEM. Pupils visited The Royal Hospital School's Engineering Day. We promote links with our local schools both in the state and private sector.
-Regular pupil perceptions identify areas of strength and develop in this curriculum area. Pupils’ views are taken on board and fed into changes made with the bespoke curriculum design at Holbrook Primary School. Schema words are used to promote vocabulary in class and broaden the language of all pupils.
-Regular access to the Computer Suite enables pupils to build upon their computing skills. They can then apply these skills to the wider curriculum, particularly the use of the 3D printer which is available to all year groups.