We teach computing as a distinct subject but make use of our pupils' computing capabilities across the whole school curriculum. Our whole school teaching programme covers the following units each academic year:

  • Programming
  • Computational thinking
  • Creativity
  • Computer networks
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Productivity
  • Our programme is also supported by an online safety curriculum that teaches pupils how to keep themselves safe in the ever-changing world of technology.

    Online Safety

    The introduction of the Computing curriculum in England aims to equip pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills to use information and communication technology creatively and purposefully. Online technology has a significant role to play in this process so it is vital that we provide a broad and balanced e-safety education to our pupils.

    Early Years

    Pupils should be taught that:

  • They can use technology, including the internet, for a variety of purposes
  • They need to stay safe when using the internet

  • Key Stage 1

    Pupils should be taught that:

  • Use technology safely
  • Use technology respectfully
  • Keep personal information private
  • Know where to go for help and support
  • Know what to do if they are concerned about content
  • Know what to do if they are concerned about contact

  • Key Stage 2

    Pupils should be taught that:

  • Use technology safely
  • Use technology respectfully
  • Use technology responsibly
  • Keep personal information private
  • Recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour
  • Identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact
  • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked and be discerning in evaluating digital content

  • We use the Kidsmart safety code, developed by the Childnet charity to support our teaching of e-safety. This approach encourages pupils to follow five SMART tips:

    Safe - keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting things online.

    Meeting – meeting someone that you have only been in touch with online can be very dangerous. Only do this with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then, only if they are with you. Remember that online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.

    Accepting – accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages.

    Reliable – someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to friends and friends from your real world.

    Tell – tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.