At Frogmore Junior School we recognise that we are preparing children for an ever-changing world in which technology plays a huge part in people’s everyday lives. Computing is taught using Projectevolve and Teach Computing schemes. The schemes provide lesson plans that are tailored to each year group and allow for progression in understanding and learning. Equal weighting is given to the three strands of the subject: digital literacy, information technology and computer science. Cyber ambassadors are trained by Hampshire to lead education on e-safety on a peer-to-peer level.
Children will learn how to safely use technology and online resources through lessons in:
• Self-image and identity
• Online relationships
• Online reputation
• Online bullying
• Managing information
• Health, well-being and lifestyle
• Privacy and security
• Copyright and ownership
They will learn how computing systems and networks operate. They will learn a range of computing skills, including:
• Creating and editing different types of media
• Reading and creating databases
• Programming, debugging and editing computer programs
Lessons will take place weekly and involve content from both Projectevolve and Teach Computing in each session. This ensures that digital literacy is not taught in isolation from practical applications and continues to be embedded throughout the year.
Children will know how to keep themselves safe in online environments. They will have developed skills in different areas of computing and the necessary theory to keep up to date with a rapidly changing technological world.
What a ‘typical’ lesson looks like:
Lessons will be delivered weekly, and the content of each lesson will be such that all three strands of the subject are covered each week. Children will keep a record of digital literacy and computer science in their orange books. Practical work can be saved.
Teaching & Learning
Children will be made aware of the code of conduct and SMART rules at the beginning of each academic year. Teachers will also undergo annual e-safety training as part of CPD. Lessons will be taught weekly with records of each session kept in orange books or saved digitally. Teachers should ensure that teaching covers the three strands of the subject equally and that long term and medium-term planning reflects the breadth of the subject.
Children with SEND are more likely to access physical computing devices as part of their everyday learning. Children with SEND are also more likely to be at risk from abuse (including online). It is important that their use of technology is closely monitored, especially in cases where they may not fully understand how to keep themselves safe online. We strive to ensure that equipment is adapted to meet the needs of children with SEND, this might include:
• Using a different keyboard or mouse
• Additional lessons in touch typing
• Use of CLICKER
Cyber ambassadors are trained to deliver e-safety advice to their peers. The weekly newsletter features a safety bulletin which links to topical issues such as social media, fake news or age restrictions for media use. Children are taught how to recognise and report incidences which cause them concern.
Online systems such as Seesaw, edshed, TTRS, SLS, Oxford Reading Buddy are closely monitored by teaching staff. We work closely with families to enable access for all to necessary devices for learning. Opportunities to further develop computing skills are offered as topic homework projects each term.