Computing

In our ever-changing, and rapidly advancing technological society the need for our students to become computer literate is greater than ever. Throughout their Primary schooling students should develop an in-depth understanding of what technology is, how it functions, and how it can support us in our day-to-day lives.

Kapow Primary Curriculum

At Whitehall Park School we use the Kapow Primary Curriculum to support students learning within Computing. This curriculum covers the three key aspects of Computing as outlined in the National Curriculum: computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL).

As well as teaching discrete weekly Computing classes, we also weave in the use of technology across other key curriculum areas. Students may create interactive storybooks in English, log data on spreadsheets in Maths, or use Google Earth for a birds-eye view of far-away countries and cities in Geography.

Resources throughout School

We are lucky to have a wealth of technology at Whitehall Park. Students in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 are taught to use iPads and programmable robots called Beebots. Higher up the school in Key Stage 2, students work on laptops to develop their word processing skills. Each classroom is fitted with an interactive board which allows students to take an active part in their learning. We have a Green Screen for creating augmented reality scenarios and to further enrich students’ story telling.

Sound buttons and speech to text features on laptops help us to support students who may find it hard to remember sentences when writing or for whom physically writing sentences may be difficult.

E-Safety

Here at Whitehall Park, we take online safety extremely seriously. From fully managed internet access with strict web filtering to making online safety a natural part of any lesson involving the use of the internet we take as many steps as possible to ensure students are kept safe.

The ongoing lessons within the Kapow Primary Curriculum cover age-appropriate e-safety risks and aim to provide students with strategies for dealing with unwanted communications, websites which make them feel unsafe and highlight the importance of keeping personal information private when working online.

Please take a look at the links below for more information on keeping our children safe online.

Keeping Under Fives Safe Online

Internet Safety for Kids

Teaching Online Safety in Schools- DfE June 2019

 

If you have any further questions or concerns please contact your child’s class teacher.

If you or your child are ever concerned about the content of a website or something makes you feel uneasy you can contact the National Crime Agency (NCA) by clicking on their image. See below.