Computing

Computing plays a big part of day to day life at Boughton school. 

The new Computing Curriculum develops both skills and knowledge.  Children are taught computer science.  This includes the craft of coding, from KS1 onwards – floor and screen turtles at KS1 to Scratch at KS2.  Children learn about programming, data, algorithms and networks.  This enables children to develop an understanding of the principles of computer science.  They develop computational thinking. There’s also a focus on problem solving: using logic and ideas about systems, patterns (and pattern languages), abstraction and decomposition.


The new curriculum puts a clearer emphasis on three areas of learning:
Computer science - how computers work and how to write algorithms and solve problems to eventually create a computer program.
Information technology - how data is represented and managed on computers.
Digital literacy - how to understand digital information and interact with it safely and appropriately.

 

Computing Curriculum Overview


The aim of the new curriculum is to build an understanding of how computers work and how they can be used in pupils’ lives - both in their future employment and in enabling them to be good 21st Century global citizens.
At Boughton-under-Blean children are taught computing.  Pupils also have the opportunity to use ICT within the class across a range of subjects.  Children have access to both laptops and iPads.
Pupils are also taught about how to keep themselves safe online.

 

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ThinkuKnow and Worry Box

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ThinkUKnow is the education programme of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre aimed at young people, and encourages Internet.  It is based around three key themes:

  •     How to have fun

  •     How to stay in control (or how to take control)

  •     How to report a problem

The education programme consists of a presentation, which is given to young people in schools, youth groups and other youth environments, a website aimed directly at young people, which also contains information for teachers and parents, a number of hard-hitting education films designed to make young people think about whom they are talking to online, and other resources including posters and a range of promotional material.

Worry Box is a safe and secure way of telling staff any problems you may have or any difficult situations you may find yourself in.  Worry Box is available from our website as a link at the bottom of this and every page.  Matters may be told to other staff members to determine the best possible outcome and to give more members of staff a clearer idea of what is going on.

 

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What is Online Safety? Why do we teach it at school?


Online Safety encompasses not only Internet technologies but also electronic communications via mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. It highlights the need to educate children and young people about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.


• Online safety concerns safeguarding children and young people in the digital world.
• Online safety emphasises learning to understand and use new technologies in a positive way.
• Online safety is less about restriction and more about education about the risks as well as the benefits so we can feel confident online.
• Online safety is concerned with supporting children and young people to develop safer online behaviours both in and out of school.

What are the dangers?


• viewing unsuitable content e.g. hate material, adult content, sites that endorse unhealthy behaviour
• giving out personal information
• arranging to meet an online 'friend'

• becoming involved in, or the victim of, bullying, identity theft, or making and sending indecent or illegal images
• spending too much time online which can effect concentration, education, sleep and health
• copying information from the Internet or buying work from other people to us
e as their own.


We have added the ThinkuKnow icon as this is the nationally-acclaimed scheme. The scheme highlights the importance of online safety and promotes use of the "Report Abuse" button to report illegal or inappropriate online behaviour.


How do we teach Online Safety?


As a school we use ThinkuKnow to support our online safety teaching throughout every school year. We believe that children and young people are more at risk of exposure to inappropriate or criminal behaviour if they are unaware of the dangers. As well as direct teaching about online safety the children take part in Safer Internet Day every February to reinforce the online safety messages that are ever changing. We also have regular assemblies that reinforce the key messages.
 

Annually, we take part in Safer Internet Day where the pupils learn about how to make the internet a safer, kinder and nicer place.  They are encouraged to think about what they would do if they came across any material that upset them or was unkind to others. Parents were also sent out information about how they could reinforce these messages at home and how to talk to their children about this subject.  This is also available below. We have also made afavilable key information about the devices that many of our pupils have access to at home including popular tablets such as KIndles and Ipods. Please click the link below for more details.

 

Parents Conversation Starters Information Sheet

Safer Internet Day 2017 Letter to parents

Advice about using an iPad

Advice about using an iPod Touch

Advice about using a Kindle Fire

Tablets Shoppers Checklist

 

 

We live in a digital age where technology develops at such a fast pace. For further support and advice about some of the games and apps our children are accessing on their devices, please click on the NSPCC Net Aware icon below. You can also visit internetmatters.org for additional information.

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We have Y6 Digital Champions who provide peer support to pupils in the school about how to stay safe online. These children have taught lessons in KS1 and have helped to develop the guide below for parents about some of the games and apps that children in our school are accessing. This year we aim for our Digital Champions to teach the KS2 classes and host whole school assemblies about how to stay safe online. We also hope to hold parent workshops where the Digital Champions can share with parents the latest games and apps that children are playing and what the risks may be that are associated with these.

How we use the internet guide-Summer 17

 

 

 
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Future Events
 

Year 6 residential at Hindleap

Monday, 25 September, 2017

 
 

Yr 6 W Dover Castle Tunnels

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Yr 6 B Dover Castle Tunnels

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Yr 1 Wildwood Trip

Wednesday, 11 October, 2017

 
 

Year 5 residential to Bewl Water

Monday, 16 October, 2017

 
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