Computing

 

At Causton Junior School we follow Rising Stars Switched on Computing scheme of work to bring a creative and exciting computing curriculum to all our pupils.

Switched on Computing is a whole-school primary computing programme that provides everything you need to support a varied computing curriculum that allows children to see beyond computing as sitting at computers. It allows children access to a variety of technology and gives them the opportunity to develop a computational approach to thinking. This can be used not just in computing but cross curricularly in other topics such as Maths and Science.

Computing is not however limited to this program of study. We at Causton also recognise the importance of Computer Literacy. Through a cross curricular approach to computing children are also taught how to use software such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to showcase and present their work. Research is also carried out using our safe and secure search for Topic work using the internet.

Long term plans for each year group can be seen here. The order that units are taught are flexible to suit the topics being taught in each Year Group.

Keeping safe online

It is important to us at Causton Junior School to keep children safe online. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any online Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our Online Safety Policy. Online Safety is taught to all pupils termly explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.

In order to keep children safe online it is vital that we work with you as parents to ensure the Online Safety message is consistent. It is important that you as parents speak to your children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.

It’s essential to be realistic – banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.

 

Websites for more information 
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.

The “Thinkuknow” website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre and has e safety based games to teach children of all  ages to stay safe on line. These are accessed as part of the school computing curriculum but can also be accessed at home via the website https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Similarly Kidsmart gives you lots of advice on how to stay safe online on different devices e.g. mobile phones and websites with access to social media.

Computer Literacy

Computers and technology are part of our everyday lives and it is important that the children learn to use them effectively. Each classroom has at least one computer and the children use computers across all the curriculum subjects. They gain experience in handling information, communicating information and the applications of Information Technology.

All classrooms have an interactive board that is used in most lessons. This gives the children more opportunities to participate in lessons and be more active learners. We have a bank of laptops in each classroom which are accessible to all children. Each class has a digital camera to record the children’s achievements across all the curriculum areas and a visualiser to share work and books on the interactive board.