ICT is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching ICT we equip children to participate in a rapidly-changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. We enable them to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. ICT skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners.

As the aims of ICT are to equip children with the skills necessary to use technology to become independent learners, the teaching style that we adopt is as active and practical as possible. While at times it is necessary to give children direct instruction on how to use hardware or software, the main emphasis of our teaching in ICT is for individuals or groups of children to use computers to help them across the curriculum.

Information to help with KS1 Computing

The BBC Bitesize website has some great videos to help you understand parts of the new ‘computing’ curriculum. Click here  here to find out more.

E-Safety

There is a wealth of information and advice available online to help you and your family stay safe. Here are some starting points.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection

A website advising and enabling those who wish to report possible online exploitation.

Childnet International – Supporting Young People Online
A great leaflet giving conversation starters for discussion at home with your child/children, general internet advice and gaming. Also available in languages other than English.

Childnet – Keeping Your Children Safe Online
Top tips for parents to help younger children stay safe online.

Childnet – International Family Agreement
A good place to start a conversation with your whole family about how you all use the internet and discuss how to behave in a positive way when online. Also includes template to make your own family agreement.

Connect Safely

A collection of guidebooks about apps, cyber-bullying and cyber-security.

Digital Parenting – Vodaphone

Advice for parents in a digital age. Information on tablets, smartphones and the internet.

NSPCC – Share Aware

A guide to keeping your children safe online by being net aware.

UK Safer Internet Centre – Parental Controls
You can set up parental controls on all your devices using the above web page.

UK Safer Internet Centre – Parents’ Guide to Technology
A guide to help parents understand technology eg smartphones, tablets and gaming devices

Think U Know
A site to find the latest information on websites that children like to visit, mobiles and new technology.

PEGI
If you are thinking of purchasing a game for a console or your child is playing a game online. You can check the content and suitability here.