Our computing vision, at Eppleton Academy Primary school, is to keep our pupils safe online. Each child will be able to use the Internet in a safe and respectful way. They will understand the necessary precautions to take, to stay safe and know where to seek help. We recognise the unique contribution that the use of computing in lessons makes to the motivation and effectiveness of learners in our school. Children will also utilise the Internet efficiently to enhance their learning of all subjects.
As computing is an increasing part of life today it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and ability that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world. We recognise that as a school we have a responsibility to prepare the pupils for their future by improving their knowledge of and understanding of how imperative technology is in the real world beyond school.
The school will strive to provide the children with up-to-date technology. All staff will be confident users and teachers of all relevant software and hardware available. Our school website will showcase the excellent work being carried out by our children.
We use Purple Mash to aide in the delivery of the Computing curriculum. Lesson are delivered through the online platform. Lessons are practical using the desktop PC’s, tablets and can also be in the classroom where appropriate. Children work independently, in pairs and in groups.
"At Eppleton, we aim to ensure our children have the knowledge and skills to prepare them for our ever widening technological world".
Teacher use the Long-term planning from Purple Mash. They use the unit plans, which contain individual lesson plans. Where children may have gaps, ‘Crash Courses’ for most units are utilised to help to plug these gaps. There are year group specific progression documents which also link to Purple Mash and therefore the National Curriculum.
Online safety is taught across the school. Each year group has a specific unit to teach. We also take part in Online Safety week and Internet Safety Day. Staff have a duty to ensure that children are safe online and that they continuously teach this within every lesson. Online Safety is also planned into out SMSC curriculum through our weekly Breakout sessions. We also teach the importance of online safety through the KidSafe programme we teach across each year group.
"Children at Eppleton are given the tools to keep them selves safe whilst online through regular Online Safety and Digital Literacy Lessons".