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Computing/ ICT

Here at Hillyfield Academy we aim to provide the children an enriched program of study for computing which allows them to access the computing curriculum whilst being able to develop on their computing and digital literacy skills. The lessons are tailored to cover the national curriculum which allows the development of their computational thinking and creativity understanding.
We aim to provide lessons where children are engaged and motivated whilst ensuring they are learning all the relevant skills and knowledge to allow a smooth transition for further education thus being able to expand their development for computing. Steps are also taken to allow the children to grasp programming through allowing the children to understand the required concepts and challenges faced in programming.
Learning the concepts and skills required from the computing national curriculum can be quite challenging in some areas. To help gain easier access to the computing curriculum children are given the opportunity to use iPads to help learn certain concepts and then develop on this further through the use of PCs.
Below are the points taken from the national curriculum and listed below which highlights the qualities of how our lessons are based with the aim of achieving the following:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

During after school clubs children have the opportunity to use iPads to develop their computational thinking through practicing using certain apps to develop themselves further. Now with the installation of the PCs children are able to use this to help research topics and help complete any homework tasks set which will help with their academic success.

Information for talking to children about technology and e-safety:

Try to share your pupils’ enthusiasm and talk to them about what they are doing online. Find out what their favourite devices are and how they are using them.

E-Safety – Helping your child stay safe
You should never give out personal details to anyone online. Must use a nickname when logging on and don’t share full name, email address, mobile number, school name and any photos, including photos of family or friends – any picture or video online can be changed or shared without permission.

Talk to your child about what they are doing online and who they are talking to. Get them to show you how to use things you are not familiar with. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience, they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam) and their online ‘friends’ will see they are in a family room.

If your child receives a message that upsets them, remind them not to reply, they should save the message and show you or another trusted adult.
Spam and junk emails and texts are not true, don’t reply or send them to anyone else, just delete them.
Don’t open files sent from people you don’t know. They could contain a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film.
An online ‘friend’ is anyone you have not met in real life; no matter how long you have been friends with them.

Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that it’s better to keep online ‘mates’ online. They should never meet up with any online ’friends’ without an adult they trust.

Make sure your child feels able to talk to you, let them know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable. Don’t blame your child, let then know you trust them.





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