At Abbey Meads Community Primary School, we aim to give our pupils the skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in students’ lives; therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. We want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice with using technology. As a school, we utilise technology, including the positive aspects and use of social media. We recognise that the best prevention for a lot of issues we currently see with technology/social media is through the medium of education. Our computing curriculum is carefully planned and aims to provide children with experience and skills of a wide range of technology. Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent with technology, but through our computer science lessons, we want them to develop creativity, resilience and problems solving skills. As a school, we encourage staff to embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible. We want to prepare our pupils to be able to operate in the 21st Century workplace and for them to know, and be excited by, career opportunities that will open up to them if they study computing.
At Abbey Meads Community Primary School, there is a bespoke cross curricular scheme of work that provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum and the Teach Computing scheme of work. Teaching and learning demonstrate clear progression across all key stages within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science. Children also have the opportunity to explore and acknowledge key issues such as digital communication, cyber-bullying, online safety/security and social media.
At Year 6, pupils will be confident and positive users of technology and use it effectively for a wide variety of goals, both in school and externally. Due to living in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving, it is essential that they leave our school with a secure and comprehensive understanding of technology and digital systems.
Be safe on the internet...click on the links below:
www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/cybercafe/Cyber-Cafe-Base/ - Cyber café – CEOP E Safety website with games and lots of information (suitable for KS2 children)
www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/ - E Safety information for KS1 children, communicated through cartoons.
Keeping children safe online | NSPCC - Your guide to social networks, apps and games from the NSPCC
www.swgfl.org.uk - Parents Guide to technology
Google's Safety Centre
Safe Search Engine:
www.swiggle.org.uk/ - A good, safe search engine for children
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr A great program for children to develop their typing skills.
https://www.audacityteam.org/download/ A downloadable program that is free and allows sound and music editing.
www.clayanimator.com/english/stop_motion_animator.html A website that allows the free download of an animation program called Stop Motion Animator
www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/adventure-writing-prompts/ Great website for getting those ideas for writing
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/ An ICT orientated way of supporting children through Y6 SATs