In our ever-changing, and rapidly advancing technological society the need for our children to become computer literate is greater than ever. Throughout their Primary schooling, children 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.
At Whitehall Park School we aim to ensure that our children become confident, responsible and creative users of technology and help them to embed valuable skills which will benefit them throughout their schooling and in later life.
At Whitehall Park School we use the Kapow! Primary Curriculum to support children’s 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). This curriculum also adheres to The UK Council for Internet Safety’s 2020 guidance: Education for a Connected World.
As well as teaching discrete weekly Computing classes, we also weave in the use of technology across other key curriculum areas. Children 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.
We are lucky to have a wealth of technology at Whitehall Park. Children 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, children work on laptops to develop their word processing skills. Each classroom is fitted with an interactive board which allows children to take an active part in their learning. We have a Green Screen for creating augmented reality scenarios and to further enrich children’ story telling.
Sound buttons and speech to text features on laptops help us to support children who may find it hard to remember sentences when writing or for whom physically writing sentences may be difficult.
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 children are kept safe.
The ongoing lessons within the Kapow! Primary Curriculum cover age-appropriate e-safety risks and aim to provide children 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.
We revisit the importance of internet safety as a whole-school each year during Safer Internet Day and highlight the key role that technology plays in the world during our whole-school STEAM activity week.
Children leave Whitehall Park School with the knowledge and skills needed to operate, and effectively utilise a wide range of technological equipment. They will have an in-depth understanding of how and when to use technology in their day-to-day lives and be able to comment on how to be a responsible and considerate digital citizen.
For further information on our E-Safety and Computing policies please see below.
The helpful websites listed below offer key guidance on how to support your child with using technology safely at home.
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.
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.