At Tyntesfield Primary, ICT not only represents a new requirement- preparing our pupils for a society in which technology is pervasive and ever advancing- but also offers a significant opportunity for both enhancing and enriching the educative process itself.
For education, ICT represents a new requirement - we need to prepare our young people for a society in which such technology will be pervasive - but it also offers a major opportunity for enhancing and enriching the educative process itself.
ICT is used to enhance the quality of teaching and learning throughout the curriculum. In this way, far from tying us to a keyboard and screen, ICT has the potential to expand the mind and fire the imagination. We have a range of technology, including laptops, iPads, sensors, data loggers, interactive boards and more, that enable us to effectively and engagingly teach the Computing curriculum. These are regularly used to help children become familiar, confident and safe within the ever changing world of technology. ICT not only supports the development of key skills in STEM subjects (Maths, Science, Design and Technology), but also in nurturing skills of communication, problem solving, information handling, social and interpersonal skills and independent learning.
The National Curriculum includes;
• Online Safety: the responsible, safe and critical use of technology.
• Digital Literacy: the creative, confident, competent use of technology.
• Information Technology: the understanding of how technology works and the ability to apply technology to solve problems.
• Computer Science: the understanding, analysis and application of concepts including abstraction, algorithms, logic and data representation.
ICT contributes significantly to the quality of teaching and learning. It supports, enhances and enriches the whole curriculum in a unique way. ICTsupports the development of key skills in areas such as literacy, Numeracy, communication, problem solving, information handling, social and interpersonal skills and independent learning.
ICT curriculum includes:
• Communication: the handling of text, images, music and multimedia through software and equipment.
• Handling Information: handling data through various software packages and the Internet.
• Control: using programmable devices (for example, the Beebot or ProBot) and a programming language, such as Logo.
• Modelling: using ICT tools to explore imaginary situations, ask questions and make decisions.
• Data logging: using equipment and various sensors to record data in our environment.
Tyntesfield Primary School is totally committed to safeguarding children and to a culture of vigilance. Safeguarding is core to our work, not an ‘add-on’ and Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe. We strive to create an environment in which pupils develop into critical thinkers and responsible, safe users of technology.
Within school, we have extensive security measures in place, which are monitored both internally and externally to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any Online Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with school policies. Online Safety is taught continually to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
Internet Safety at Tyntesfield Primary School is overseen by Deborah Turner, our Safeguarding Governor.
However, Online Safety is just important within the home as well as in school and this page aims to provide useful guidance to parents and signposts to relevant websites. Please let us know if you come across other useful sites so that we can continue to develop the information we provide to support parents.
More and more pre-schoolers are using their parents’ computers, smartphones or tablets to play games, use apps, and watch their favourite TV shows. There are simple things you can do to make sure they’re using the internet safely. Follow the link below:
Digiduck’s Big decision is a story has been created to help parents teach children aged 3-7 years of age how to be a good friend online. It’s a great way to start the conversation about what they should expect from the online world and how to stay safe. The story can be accessed at:
Early use of digital technology has been shown to improve language skills and promote children’s social development and creativity. But it’s not without risks for young children, who may come across inappropriate content or begin to copy what older children do online. Follow the link below:
As children between the ages of 11 and 13 make the transition to a more independent stage with the move to secondary school, they become more confident internet users with more varied habits. Internet use can be hugely positive for children, but it’s vital to continue discussing online safety with them. Follow the link below:
Childnet is an organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and the safe and positive use of the internet are addressed. It has lots of useful advice for parents:
www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety – The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to help keep children safe when they’re using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.
www.saferinternet.org.uk – Here you will find even more e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
www.thinkuknow.co.uk – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
www.bullying.co.uk – One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on cyberbullying.
http://parents.vodafone.com/ – Being very accessible, this provides information and guidance to parents to help under the digital world. There is also an online test to see how much you know.
www.internetmatters.org – Lots of guidance and articles for parents about keeping their children safe online.
www.digizen.org – A website designed to strengthen awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is. It encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS
Pupils very much enjoy coming to school... They feel safe in the stimulating environment into which they are warmly welcomed... One pupil stated that, ‘You can be yourself here.’