Computing and Online Safety

Computing is an essential skill in the modern world. All children at Bousfield have the opportunity to work with computers and digital equipment from age three to eleven and are taught the skill of computational thinking.

They are taught how to use ICT tools safely to find, explore, analyse and present information responsibly and creatively in order to enhance their learning across the curriculum. They are taught how computers and computational systems work. They design and build programs and are given the opportunity to develop their ideas using technology.

In addition to children learning specific computing skills, they have the opportunity to apply their learning across the curriculum. We are well-resourced with IT hardware: two computers in each classroom, a Computing suite and several class sets of iPads and Chromebooks. At times, we call on the expertise of IT specialists to enhance and support the children’s learning.

A curriculum map sets out the learning topics for the year, as well as key texts and trips which will be used to support learning. The curriculum expectations have been identified as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the subject.

The children will be asked to learn and recall key information - facts and vocabulary - from their specific knowledge organisers. These can be found in the individual year group pages.

Teaching on-line safety is high priority across the school. Lessons include regular teaching of on-line safety to ensure that children feel confident when using computers and the internet. Children are taught how to protect their on-line identity and what to do if they come across something inappropriate or that makes them feel uncomfortable. The school also participates in the annual National Safer Internet Day.

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