Online Safety with AFC's Peter Cowley
Through our computing curriculum at St John’s C of E, we aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child. Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent end-users of technology but through our computer science lessons we want them to develop creativity, resilience and problem-solving and critical thinking skills. We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their community but also as members of a wider global community and as responsible digital citizens.
At St John’s, computing is taught in discreet computing lessons. The computing curriculum is delivered through our own scheme of work in order to ensure progression and coverage. Where appropriate, meaningful links will be made between the computing curriculum and the wider curriculum. In computing lessons, KS1 children use the suite pcs and KS2 utilise Chromebooks - each having a Google account. Computing lessons focus on the curriculum skills of information technology, online safety and computer science. In addition, our school issues each pupil access to our educational subscription services: Mathletics, Reading Eggs and Oxford Owl Reading.
Our vision is for children to become autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their learning in order to prepare them for their future