At Christ Church, Computing is taught discretely in weekly lessons but is also used throughout the primary curriculum to enable children to explore, observe and make exciting discoveries in our ever-changing digital world. Our children are encouraged to use their imagination and skills to create sequences, images, videos, and presentations. Our aim is to provide them with the skills to not only confidently use the technology that exists today but also the life-long skills and passion to continue to develop their love for computing in the future. Our children have access to laptops, iPads and other software which helps to promote an engaging and enticing curriculum.
Computing Key Documents 2023-24
At Christ Church, we have a team of Digital Leaders who support their teachers and peers in Computing lessons in class and across school.
A Digital Leader is somebody who likes to help others use computers and is enthusiastic about technology.
Their responsibilities include: assisting in class Computing lessons, sharing key messages about e-safety across school, photographing school events, exploring new websites or apps and monitoring our equipment.
E-Safety is taught explicitly within our Computing curriculum and is also embedded throughout the use of technology across school as at Christ Church, we understand how important it is to promote staying safe online. Our children are taught the SMART rules for online safety which are applicable both at home and in school and we regularly revisit these in our lessons.
E-Safety Useful Links for Children
UK Safer Internet Centre (KS1 and KS2) - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/young-people/resources-3-11s
ThinkUKnow - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/watch/ - useful videos to help you stay safe online
The Smart Crew - https://www.childnet.com/resources/the-adventures-of-kara-winston-and-the-smart-crew - these cartoons will explain the 5 e-safety SMART rules and include a real life SMART Crew of young people like you, who guide the characters in their quest and help them make safe online decisions.
Hector, Lee and Kim - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/4_7/child/ - help for children aged 4-7 to use the internet safely.
Band Runner - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/ - help for children aged 8-11 to use the internet safely.
Safer Internet Day 2023
This year's theme is 'all fun and games'. We did lots of activities in school around staying safe online. Lots of the children entered our poster competition. Below are some of the winners that our Digital Leaders chose. You can also have a look at our assembly which our digital leaders made to share with each class.
Reception learnt a song to help them remember how to stay safe online.
Year 1 tell us how to use the Internet safely with the help of Buddy the Dog!
Purple Mash and Seesaw
We use two different online learning platforms called Purple Mash and Seesaw.
Useful Websites and Resources
BBC Bitesize Computing KS1 - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zyhbwmn
BBC Bitesize Computing KS2 - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zvnrq6f
ICT games - www.ictgames.com - a range of ICT games for Maths and English
Hour of Code - https://code.org/learn - a way to learn about algorithms through simple, step by step activities.