A Parent’s Guide to Computing at Millbrook Primary School:
Computers are now a part of everyday life and for most of us, technology is essential to our lives, both at home and at work. For our children to be ready for the workplace, they must be able to participate effectively in the digital world.
The 2014 national curriculum introduces a new subject, computing which replaces ICT. The programme of study has been developed to equip children and young people with the skills, knowledge and understanding they will need for the rest of their lives.
Through the new programme of study, they will:
learn how computers and computer systems work;
design and build programmes;
develop ideas using technology.
At Millbrook Primary School, we are very excited by the opportunities the new curriculum offers to this important area of learning.
Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work and how they are designed and programmed and children will gain an understanding of computational systems whether or not they include a computer.
Computational thinking is really important because it allows us to solve problems, design systems and to understand the limits of our own intelligence and that of machines. Children who are able to think computationally are better able to understand abstract concepts, understand and use computer-based technology and so are therefore better prepared for today’s world and the future.
At Millbrook School, we teach three distinct aspects of computing: computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL).
Computer science is the aspect of the subject in which children are taught about information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. We teach this using a programme called Espresso Coding which allows children to explore key concepts such as algorithms, sequences and variables, and develop skills like problem-solving, logical reasoning and debugging.
Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
We ensure that there is a strong focus on E safety. We teach children how to keep themselves safe and to treat others with respect. Children consider how their online actions impact other people and how they need to be aware of their legal and ethical responsibilities, such as showing respect for intellectual property rights (e.g. musical, literary and artistic works), keeping passwords and personal data secure and observing the terms and conditions for web services they use such as the 13+ age restriction on sites such as Facebook.
Children are taught that if they ever feel worried about anything they see on the internet, they should share their concerns with a parent or teacher and that they can talk directly to the police or in confidence to counsellors at Childline.
At Millbrook Primary we ensure all pupils:
What children have said about Computing......
"Computing is fun, we love being challenged with the programming"
" I love computing, using the IPads and playing on blocker"
"Computing is fun and never boring"
" We love playing with the beatbots"
Acceptable Use Agreement for Pupils
Millbrook Primary School
Acceptable Use Agreement for the Internet, Email and other technologies
In order for pupils at Millbrook to browse the Internet or make use of Email and other technologies, we require each child (and their parent or carer) to sign to show that they understand the importance of adhering to these strict rules:
- I will only use the Internet when I have permission and I am supervised.
- I will only send emails to people my teacher has approved.
- I will not give out my address, home or mobile telephone number, photograph or school name and address on the Internet or in an email. I will not give out personal details of another child or adult either.
- I agree never to meet someone I communicate with through email and I will tell a teacher, parent or carer straightaway if a stranger tries to contact me on the Internet or by email.
- I will tell my teacher straightaway if I come across any unsuitable pictures or information on the Internet by accident or if anything makes me feel uncomfortable or upset.
- I will only use search engines or websites that have been chosen by a teacher. I will not try to access any inappropriate websites, chat rooms, Instant Messaging or Social Networking sites in school.
- I will not use my mobile phone during the normal school day. I agree not to use the camera on a mobile phone to take pictures of people without their permission. I will not accept any files sent by a stranger to my mobile phone via Bluetooth.
- I will not download any files from the Internet in school unless I have permission.
I understand the rules above and agree to follow them. If I break any of these rules, I understand that:
- A letter might be sent home;
- I might be banned from using the Internet for a given period of time.
- More serious action might be taken.
Pupil Signature: _______________________ Date: ___/___/__