The 2014 national curriculum introduced a new subject, computing, which replaces ICT.
The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
With this in mind we have invested in iPads, tablets and laptops to skill the children for the future.
Our curriculum consists of teaching the children many of the skills they will need for everyday life in a technology rich society. It ranges from simple introductory activities; like using a mouse correctly in the foundation stage to designing and producing games and apps in Years 5 and 6.
In ICT one of our focuses is internet safety and helping the children to make the most of using this wonderful resource. The children use the zip it, block it, flag it campaign.
Which encourages them to
Zip it: Give away no personal details
Block it: If there is something that they see that they don’t like stop using the site straight away
Flag it: Tell an adult about what they have seen.
We have also been lucky enough to have visits from our local police who run internet safety awareness days for all of our children and parents. This has been a big success and is repeated on an annual basis.
We regularly send out online safety newsletters for parents from Dorset Police – please see the newsletters below:
E-Safety is very important at St Joseph’s and every year we devote a week to anti-bullying which includes making the children aware of cyber bullying. During our last anti-bullying week our children designed their own posters with the theme, ‘Be kind online’. Please see their work below: