Technology has become an integral part of children`s lives, enabling them to undertake research for school projects, talk to their friends and access information from around the world. This has become even more important during recent lockdowns due to Covid-19. New technology and communications are exciting; they are also rapidly changing and becoming increasingly more sophisticated. To that end, computing (in particular, e-safety) has become a very important subject area to enable children to move into a more digital world safely and with the relevant knowledge.
At Woodlands, we work hard with pupils, parents and staff to create a community which values the use of new technologies in enhancing learning. In line with our whole-school approach, computing is taught in a cross-curricular manner where the key skills involved are taught within other subject areas where possible. Any subject-specific content is taught as a standalone through Code Studio. The fundamental knowledge and understanding of computing and safer internet use is repeated per term, as each year group does half a term on key skills and safer use before doing half a term using Code Studio. Teachers and HLTAs remind children how the skills link from previous units and year groups.
Our computing curriculum encourages responsible use of ICT, and follows agreed policies to minimise potential risks. Our E-Safety policy is monitored and reviewed annually. Through lessons, we ensure that pupils are aware of potential E-Safety risks associated with the use of ICT and mobile technologies. All concerns are dealt with sensitively and effectively so that pupils, parents and staff feel able and safe to report incidents. Likewise, we report back to parents immediately if we have any concerns regarding E-Safety.
Here are some good websites for parents and carers about keeping your child safe.
Click here for parent guides on social media and online games.
Click here for a link to the eAware YouTube page, which contains many helpful videos for you to watch.
Click here for information on protecting yourself online, online shopping and social media.
Click here for information from the NSPCC about keeping your children safe online.