Computing  

Computing, as we previously referred to as ICT, has had some big and exciting changes in the New Curriculum 2014. One of the key changes in the shift to computing is the expectation that pupils will learn how to write code. They will be expected to understand what algorithms are and be able to create and debug simple programs. The aim of these changes is to help prepare children to understand and change the world through logical thinking and creativity, making explicit links with maths, science and design technology. It is also hoped that the new curriculum will prepare young people for the future by getting them to understand how digital systems work, equipping pupils to create programs and systems with a range of media. More importantly, it ensures that young people become digitally literate, enabling them to use and express their ideas in a safe environment.

Programming has therefore been an exciting new venture here at Cottesmore, which the staff and children have begun to explore and develop together, with the use of particular programming software such as ‘scratch’. We are fortunate enough to have a fantastic computer suite as well as classroom computers in every classroom to provide all of the children with the opportunity to become digitally literate as well as code and program their own simple programs.
Additionally, to promote the exciting new changes in the curriculum we have set up Digital Leaders in each KS2 class. Hopefully this will encourage children throughout the school to embrace the changes made and develop their skills and understanding further, which will set them up for the future.

The role of the digital leader is as follows:

  • Assist the teacher to support other children in class.
  • Trial new software before the teacher has taught it.
  • Plan and organise lunch clubs
  • Organise competitions in school e.g. during e-safety week

Scratch online:
http://scratch.mit.edu/ 
Primary Computing Keywords posters (definition of terms)
http://community.computingatschool.org.uk/resources/1758 
Internet safety activities
www.kidsmart.org.uk/ 

E-Safety at Cottesmore St Mary
E-Safety is a very important part of our learning at Cottesmore as it equips children with the knowledge and skills to be creative, assertive and resilient digital citizens. Teaching children to be safe and responsible users of digital devices and on the internet is part of our computing and EPR curriculum. Below is a range of resources to inform parents, carers and children about online safety matters, as well as the rules which we encourage all children to follow when online.

Our E-Safety Curriculum
Our computing curriculum at Cottesmore covers a wide range of topics relating to online safety. For guidance at home on e-safety, please see documents below:

Ofcom - Children & Parents: media use and attitudes report

Children's Commisioner - Growing Up Digital: A report of the Growing Up Digital Taskforce

O2 NSPCC - A parents' guide to being Share Aware: Helping you to keep your child safe online

O2 NSPCC - Your child's online world: A guide for parents

Our E-Safety Rules

1. Keep your personal information safe (this includes your whole name, address, phone number and email address).
2. Protect your password (only you should know it).
3. Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are (be aware of strangers pretending to be someone else).
4. Never meet up with somebody that you have met online and report anyone who asks to meet up with you to your parents, teacher, CEOP or Childline.
5. Never open emails from people that you don't know incase they contain a virus that can damage your computer.
6. Keep your online accounts private so that only your friends (and not strangers) can see your things.
7. Think carefully before uploading photos online. Any photo you upload online could become the property of the website you uploaded it to and anyone will be able to use it. Only upload sensible photos and ask permission before you upload photos which include other people.
8. Always ask permission to go online from your parent or carer and let them know which sites you are using.
9. Be kind and polite to anyone you speak to or message online. Remember that saying unkind or untrue things about another person online is still bullying and still hurts feelings just as much. Be aware that what you say or do online can be tracked, even if you delete the comment.
10. If you see anything online that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell an adult that you trust. This could be your parents or carers, your teacher, Childline or CEOP.