Computing and e-Safety

Computing

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and at Tarleton Community Primary we endeavour to equip our children with the skills they will need for a the future workplace. 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 Tarleton Community Primary we immerse the children in the use of Computing as much as possible through the use of our iPads and Computing Suite. These high quality resources allow for robust cross-curricular links and we have found that their use elicits enthusiasm and engagement with learning from the children. 

 

Here you can see children enjoying their learning with the iPads. 

Google Classroom

As a school, we are now subscribed to Google Classroom! In the event of any further Covid-19 lock downs and to help our learning in any case, we have this virtual learning platform to make learning easier and more engaging. Your child will come home with a username and password for Google Classroom which they will already have trialed in school. Your child's teacher will have set work under the "Classwork" tab on their class page. Please look at Google Classroom with your child and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact your child's class teacher. 

e-Safety

Safer Schools App

Whether you’re a mum, dad, carer, auntie, uncle, granny or grandpa, it’s important for you to understand what children are doing online, so you can help make them safer.

We are delighted to invite you to download our new ‘Safer Schools’ App’ provided by our school insurance provider Zurich Municipal.

Click here for more information.

e-Safety Ambassadors

We have e-Safety Ambassadors in school, they are:

  • KS1—Sophie Newton & Wilson Auguste
  • LKS2—Leah Blackmore & Ryan Haigh
  • UKS2—Megan Brant & Levi Jones

These are the children who anyone can approach with an e-Safety issue and they will either give the answer or redirect the query to the right person. They will be helping Mr Glaister update information around school and with assemblies throughout the year.

Y5 Police e-Safety visit

This morning Y5 at TCP were visited by two PCSOs who gave a presentation on e-Safety. They discussed rules for staying safe online and making sure the children knew where to go when they had troubles online. They also gave some background into WHY it is important to keep our personal information to ourselves by showing a couple of videos to the children. Thank you to them! 

On Friday 4th October, Trumpets class wowed the school and parents with their assembly on e-Safety! The assembly focused on the positive and negative use of chat apps, using WhatsApp as a popular example. We informed people how WhatsApp can be used in a really good way e.g. letting parents know we'll be late, keeping in touch with family/friends who live far away or cheering someone up. We then showed how WhatsApp can be used in bad ways - making people feel bad about themselves, leaving people out and even bullying. Through poetry, drama and facts we hope we informed parents and the school about how to use technology safely and responsibly. 

Please find below the AUPs (Acceptable Use Policies).These documents are to ensure that your child uses the internet safely, responsibly and respectfully in school. 

Curriculum

Our Computing lessons in school are delivered through the Purple Mash scheme of work. The units  build up every year  and e.g. demonstrate how to stay safe and behave appropriately online in an age-appropriate way. As a school we also take part in Safer Internet Day and with technology increasingly permeating all areas of our daily lives, through smart phones, tablets and televisions, staying safe whilst online is more important than ever.

Below is the Purple Mash skills progression for Online Safety from Year 1 through to Year 6.

To ensure that e-Safety works for our children in all areas of their lives we have created an e-Safety Committee made up of teachers, teaching assistants, governors, parents and children to discuss termly what we feel are the most pressing e-Safety concerns for all stakeholders in our school community. 

Safer Internet Day 2021

Safer Internet Day 2021 was on Tuesday 9th February. The theme was "An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world." We discussed how we need to check whether something is true on the internet before we share it and how to tackle misinformation when we encounter it.

The Safer Internet Day 2021 website can be found by clicking here.

Below is the assembly presentation that goes along with this year's theme.

If you would like any information or advice related to staying safe online then please do not hesitate to contact Mr Glaister through the school office. 

 

Please use the links below to find out more information about keeping safe online.

Social networking

Although there are many benefits to social networking, it can also be dangerous, as children are not always aware who they are talking to. Social networking sites do have age restrictions. As a school we use Facebook to share information with parents. Social networking sites have safety advice and have a report button, which should be used to report inappropriate use. 

Below, please find the presentation and fact sheets that were provided at our Social Media workshop for parents.  

PowerPoint presentation:

Facebook user guide:

Instagram user guide:

Snapchat user guide:

Twitter user guide:

WhatsApp user guide:

YouTube user guide: 

Knowlsey CLC have put together this useful guide on parental controls. 

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