At Prior Heath, we feel that an increased capability in the use of computing promotes initiative and independence. In consequence our ethos and our curriculum reflect this. All children are taught how to keep safe while using the internet as part of the school’s Online Safety Policy. Lessons on online safety are embedded in our computing curriculum and taught each term.
The development of information and communication technology skills encourages children to participate in a rapidly changing world. At Prior Heath we recognise the importance of this.
All our classrooms have interactive whiteboards and projectors which are used for regular whole class teaching of computing and other subjects which allow the children to actively participate. Each class also has at least three computers with access to the Internet and a wide range of software resources.
We have a computing suite consisting of 15 computers. This allows whole-class teaching as well as smaller focused group tasks. The suite enables us to embed computing across the whole of the curriculum. We also have a set of Learn Pads (tablets) to enhance children’s learning across all areas of the curriculum.
Children are encouraged to use computing tools to explore, analyse, exchange and present information. In addition to computers the children have access to a wide range of hardware and software including listening stations, digital cameras, bee-bot or roamer robots, document reader, digital movie creator, video cameras and remote control toys, all of which are used to develop computing skills and to support learning across the curriculum.
We subscribe to Purple Mash which is 2Simple Software’s award-winning creative online space for primary schools. Children can access a suite of creative tools, dynamic cross-curricular activities and educational games. As this program is accessible online children can access it and also save work at school and at home. Children will be allocated a username and password during their first few weeks at school.
The Progression of Skills for Computing from Reception to Year 2 can be found here. (PDF, 293.92 kB)
At Prior Heath we take online safety very seriously and we teach children how to be safe on the internet. The children are regularly reminded of our Think then Click (PDF, 149.63 kB) online safety rules which are on display in every classroom. We regularly reinforce online safety and take part in Safer Internet Day every year. Safer Internet Day is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre in February of each year to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people. Further information can be found on the UK Safer Internet Centre website http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/. This website has a Parents/Carers section which includes information about setting up the parental controls on your home internet and on devices like smart phones, tablets and games consoles together with resources aimed at primary aged children.
The NSPCC and O2 are running an Online Safety Workshop for parents on Friday 1st March 2019 from 9.15 until 10.15am. Further information can be found here: Online Safety Workshop for Parents – 1.3.19 (PDF, 541.23 kB)
The following websites have been recommended to us and provide important information about staying safe online:
CEOPs (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Think U Know: The Think U Know website https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ provides information on internet safety and the sites young people like to visit. It is separated into sections relevant for 5-7 years, 8-10 years and 11-16 years. There is also an informative Parents/Carers section.
NSPCC: The NSPCC’s Keeping Children Safe information includes advice about online safety. Their resource Net Aware (, 4 kB) has recently been updated and is now available as a free mobile app for iOS and Android. Net Aware is a parents’ guide to 50 of the most popular social media sites, apps, and games that young people use.
Childnet International: Childnet International http://www.childnet.com/ is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. Here you will find top tips, games and internet safety information to help young people get the very best out of the internet and stay safe online.
Internet Matters:Internet Matters http://www.internetmatters.org/ provides advice on important online safety issues, news and advice from industry experts, guidance on setting parental controls and filters and reviews on the latest technology and apps.
Parentzone: https://parentzone.org.uk/ provides information and advice for families including some useful parents’ guides.