Computing

At Essendene Lodge School we value the importance of Computing in education for both teaching and learning. There are interactive Smartboards in nursery and Preschool and large TVs in the other classrooms that are used in all lessons by both teachers and pupils. We also have twenty laptops for use, providing one per pupil, and these are used with all pupils from reception to year 6. All classes have one dedicated Computing lesson per week with a specialist teacher and all pupils have plenty of opportunities to use computers for research, presentation and cross curricular learning.

At Essendene Lodge every pupil from Reception Class upwards has a personal iPad. The iPad in the classroom brings education to life – interactive technology makes learning more engaging and memorable. Tools such as audio and video recorders, interactive learning programmes and the ability to present ideas in the way the child thinks change the way learning and homework is completed. Students have a sense of ownership and are more apt to take charge and become more invested in their own learning. They have access to resources not confined by the classroom walls or the school day.

At Essendene we use a number of apps on a regular basis to enhance day-to-day learning and aid the engagement of the children, whatever their learning style. Collaboration is encouraged between pupils using apps such as Padlet. Interactive learning through Nearpod enables children to explore topics in their own way and at their own speed. Creativity is enhanced through writing and presenting work using Book Creator and Spark. In addition the children have access to the full range of Google’s Learning Suite tools – including Google Classroom which is used to manage homework.

Children start using technology in preschool. Their first experiences with the interactive whiteboard are integrated into their learning and may involve tracing letters with their fingers or playing maths games. As the children enter reception, the children are introduced to the school laptops and are encouraged to improve their recognition of upper case letters by logging into the school network, increase their typing speed and improving their hand/eye coordination with the simultaneous use of the touchpad and cursor on the screen.

As the children move into KS1, the children are taught to understand the basic principles of computer programming through Scratch. They are introduced to algorithms and learn how to create and debug simple programs. In addition, they start using Microsoft Office to practice their word processing skills as well as learning to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve the documents in their personal folder.

In KS2 the children apply all the skills they have learned in previous years and begin to use technology across other areas of the curriculum. They continue to build up their knowledge of Microsoft Office and its features and learn how to use the programs in more depth. Using MSW Logo, Scratch and other coding software, the children are taught how to explain how simple algorithms work and create a sequence of them with different variables to achieve a specific outcome.

E Safety

With technology advancing at a rate faster than most of us would perhaps like, our children are at the forefront of exposure to this advanced technological age with their use of the internet, mobile phones, laptops, computers and tablets.  As the children need to learn and embrace the usefulness of these technologies, they also need to learn how to use it safely and understand how they can keep themselves safe online.

Within each unit of work there are regular and specific opportunities to understand and discuss all aspects of e-Safety. There is also a visitor from the local police who comes to talk to the children about e-Safety and stranger danger.

Tips to Ensure your Child Stays Safe Online

Cyberbullying

  • Offer reassurance and support. Don’t be afraid to ask questions

 

  • Tell your child that if they are being bullied to always keep the evidence

 

  • Block the bullies

 

  • Learn how to report and where to go for further support

Grooming

  • Talk to your child about online grooming

 

  • Talk to them about their online friends

 

  • Let your child know that you are always there for support and you understand how easy it is for things to get out of control online

 

  • Learn how to report any inappropriate contact made to your child online

Inappropriate Websites

  • Block sites that are not age appropriate

 

  • Limit inappropriate and illegal material

 

  • Set timings – automatic switch off at bedtime

 

  • Monitor activity