Computing Lead and Online Safeguarding Officer
***Please contact Mr Reynolds if you have any concerns regarding any online activity regarding your child in school***
As technology develops and changes, we prepare pupils at Holbrook for an ever-changing landscape from a technological perspective. The bespoke curriculum of Computing at Holbrook is tailored to the needs of our pupils and allows them to reflect on their online behaviours, preparing them for the advancements of the 21st century. The skills learnt throughout these areas of the Computing Curriculum ensure that pupils are ready for the challenges they may face in the technological world, but ensure they feel empowered to make appropriate decisions and also have the confidence to report incident on all e-platforms. 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 where pupils have the confidence to share any concerns relating to any online platform.
Within Computing sessions we aim to support pupils by:
- Using technology appropriately in a safe, considered and respectful way, reaping the benefits from an online world.
- Identify the exciting changes in a complex online world, but discuss the challenges and risks which appear from this.
- Encourage responsible actions online and identify methods of how concerns can be raised with appropriate parities.
- Build the transferable skills required in the computing curriculum to layer pupils’ knowledge and embed programming skills.
Skills are modelled and taught within our Computer Suite which enables pupils to work with a variety of equipment such as 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 administrative skills such as word processing, but still have a valid place within lessons requiring research or presenting information to their peers.
A clear progression of skills is implemented for pupils from EYFS to Year 6. Skills, continually revisited, are built upon to ensure that pupils make, or exceed, expected progress. Units of work link directly to the foundation subjects and the overarching topic themes. During the World at War topic, children are able to link to their computer coding understanding (ciphers/enciphers) and also record their own call to arm speeches using appropriate software. This example demonstrates just one area, of one year group, which links directly to our broader curriculum. Not only are pupils implementing new learning, but also have the opportunity to revisit concepts learnt in previous lessons and various subject areas.
Children most definitely benefit from building on skills they have learnt in all foundation subjects and weave their knowledge from a number of curriculum areas. Schema words are used appropriately by teaching staff which ensures that children are using appropriate terminology. Parents are involved with changes in the computing curriculum and online safeguarding through monthly newsletters and workshops within school.
A range of excellent resources are used by pupils to implement their learning: BeeBots, Crumble Bots, Programming software, including SCRATCH, iPads and the 3D printer using SketchUp. These interesting and exciting pieces of hardware ensure that pupils have a passion for computing and fire enquiring minds.
The curriculum design at Holbrook has been developed to link directly to foundation and core subjects using the progression of skills grids. Here are number of ways we have, and will, support learning for pupils:
-Digital Ambassadors are seen as role models in this area to promote safe usage of online platforms and provide steps to report concerns online, ensuring that pupils feel empowered and have a voice.
-Workshops and monthly newsletters provide parents/carers with appropriate steps to safeguard pupils online. As a result, Prejudicial Forms are used in school to provide children with a sequence of steps to report concerns.
-Competitions held by Digital Ambassadors promote Online Safeguarding and promote model citizens online. Children have had bespoke training by staff from Schools Choice to ensure they are up-to-date with current changes on e-platforms and how to approach online safeguarding.
-RoboClub regularly meet to promote programming for pupils in Year 5 and 6. Events have included going to BT competitions and also meeting Tim Peak at Imperial War Museum, London. These sessions build on pupils problem solving skills and also basic computer programming. During previous competitions, pupils have won many of their rounds during the 2019 meetings and can be seen on our ‘Hall of Fame’ in our ICT Suite. Recent visits have also promoted the STEM focus in our school, an example being our visit to 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 consolidate their computing skills and apply these skills to the wider curriculum, particularly the use of the 3D printer which is available to all year groups.
Further information about our bespoke curriculum design can be found below by clicking the Computer Progression of Skills Grid: