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Curriculum Statement

At Hillyfield Academy we aim to provide the children with an enriched program of study for ICT and computing which allows them to access the 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.

 

ICT and Computing Events

As part of our curriculum we teach all the year groups specific topics in relation to keeping themselves safe online. As the internet is readily available to children in today's world, at Hillyfield we aim to teach the risks faced online to help provide the knowledge required to keep themselves safe when online. To help reinstate this message every year in February children at Hillyfield take part in Safer Internet Day.

Safer Internet Day helps to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology. On this day children will go through different topics and take part in a class activity to help summarise and further develop their learning and understanding.  

 

ICT and Computing Schemes of Work

At Hillyfield we have a catered scheme and we ensure we follow the national curriculum. Below are the points taken from the computing 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;
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

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.


Online Resources and Support for Parents

The online world is ever evolving and children are able to go online through the use of many digital devices readily available. It’s important to try to share your child’s enthusiasm and talk to them about what they are doing online. Find out what their favourite devices are and how they are using them.

 

As the online world has many engaging and interesting fun activities it is also important children are aware of the possible risks faced online. At Hillydfield we teach children how to be safe online. When at home it is important children are reminded of the risks and below are just some tips you can talk to your child about.

 

  • 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 it to 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 them know you trust them.

There are many websites for parents/carers available online which can help provide advice and tips on how to keep children safe online. Below are some websites which you can visit to find further information which you may find useful.

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

http://www.childnet.com/blog/free-internet-safety-leaflets-for-parents-2016

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

 

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.
 

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