At St Laurence’s we believe our high-quality computing education will equip our pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. We recognise the importance of responding to new developments in technology, and aim to equip pupils with the confidence and capability to use ICT and computing throughout their lives. We endeavour to provide an ambitious, challenging and engaging curriculum for all pupils, as well as using it as a tool to enhance learning throughout the wider curriculum.
Our curriculum is sequential and progressive to ensure children leave St Laurence’s with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the rapidly changing digital world.
Computing as a standalone subject has a number of key parts, each of which we aim to teach and fully instil the value of amongst our children.
These can be categorised as:
- Computer science – Pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
- Information technology – Pupils are equipped to create programs, systems and a range of content in order to develop products and solutions.
- Digital literacy – Pupils are taught to use, access and express oneself through digital technology, including a critical understanding of technology’s impact on the individual and society, at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
At St Laurence’s, we firmly believe in the importance of delivering a high quality Online Safety curriculum alongside the core values of Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. As technology develops, so does the need for a secure understanding of how to use it responsibly. We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals, within their community but also as members of a wider global community and as a responsible digital citizen.
At St Laurence’s we are committed to e-safety of our pupils, parents and staff. We do this by providing a safe environment through our use of modern technology. We aim to educate good usage and positively encourage learning through safe interaction with a range of tablet and online technologies.
The emphasis on e-safety in the Computing curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils are
At Key Stage 1, pupils should be taught to:-
At Key Stage 2, pupils should be taught to:-
However, with the proliferation of mobile services e-safety is more apparent than ever before. Please find below a selection of online resources for pupils, parents and staff alike. The sites listed below are by no means exhaustive but do give a great introduction to e-safety. We hope you will find them useful to engage you and your child in constructive conversation about e-safety.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions.
This guide written by CBBC gives 8 top tips for staying safe online
CEOP is the organisation for Child Exploitation and online protection. It contains a range of information about keeping yourself or a child you know safe from child sexual exploitation. You can also report anything that has made you feel uncomfortable on the COP website.
Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
This website offers help for parents on how to keep their children safe online. It is run in partnership with all of the big internet service providers, including BT, Sky and Virgin.
This light hearted video demonstrates how social media behaviour would work in person look in person, brings it all into perspective
A not-for-profit charitable trust, providing a wide range of products, services and solutions designed specifically for education, including support for
Specifically they have information on staying safe when using social network and similar sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Moshi Monsters, YouTube etc, these guides can be accessed here:
Cyber Safe Warwickshire
Cyber Safe Warwickshire helps young adults and their parents get the knowledge they need to stay safe online.
Keeping children safe online
a useful site to keep parents updated on social networks, apps and games.
Report Harmful Content
Get help to report harmful content online by providing up to date information on community standards and direct links to the correct reporting facilities across multiple platforms