Computing at St Augustine’s
Cyber-Bullying and Social media
We will equip our children with the skills to be autonomous, safe and responsible technicians whilst empowering them to become resilient learners in an ever-growing digital age.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information technology.
At St Augustine’s, we aim to prepare our learners for their future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever changing digital world. Knowledge and understanding of ICT is of increasing importance for children’s future both at home and for employment. Our Computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in digital literacy, computer science, information technology and online safety to ensure that children become competent in safely using, as well as understanding, technology. These strands are revisited repeatedly through a range of themes during children’s time in school to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully
developed. Our intention is that Computing also supports children’s creativity and cross curricular learning to engage children and enrich their experiences in school.
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. To ensure a broad range of skills and understanding, Computing is taught across three main strands: digital literacy, computer science and information technology. As part of information technology, children learn to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through ICT, for example; writing and presenting as well as exploring art and design using multimedia. Within digital literacy, children develop practical skills in the safe use of ICT and the ability to apply these skills to solving relevant, worthwhile problems for example understanding safe use of internet, networks and email. We also teach a progression of Computing vocabulary to support children in their understanding. At St Augustine’s, we give children access to a wide range of good quality resources and provide cross curricular opportunities for children to apply their Computing knowledge and skills.
The implementation of our curriculum ensures that when children leave school, they are competent and safe users of ICT with an understanding of how technology works. They will have developed skills to express themselves and be creative in using digital media and be equipped to apply their skills in Computing to different challenges going forward.
At St Augustines we make sure our pupils are aware of some of the risks they could online and what to do to stay safe. We do so through Computing lessons, assemblies and workshops. We encourage parents/carers to talk to their children about how to behave safely when online, to ensure pupils remain safe when browsing at home.
We know that it is our responsibility to work alongside our parents to educate, support and update them on key e-safety matters. There are also regular updates and helpful hints shared on our website.
Our aim as a school is to develop confident users of ICT, who are able to self-regulate and identify potential risks. We identify and promote e-safety within our classrooms using ‘SMART’ posters-
Anti- Cyber bullying
In this technological age, children can easily chat to their friends on phones, mobiles and the internet. Unfortunately, some children abuse this and use technology to make others feel threatened or uncomfortable.
Cyber Bullying is defined as : “the use of modern communication technologies to embarrass, humiliate, threaten or intimidate an individual in the attempt to gain power and control over them”
At school, we make every effort to ensure that children can use the internet safely and are not exposed to this type of abuse.
What if you’re being bullied online?
Sometimes it can seem like cyberbullying will never end. But there are some things you can do to make it stop.
Nobody has to go through online bullying alone. Telling someone you trust could help you report the cyber bullying and give you more confidence to deal with the situation. You could talk to a friend, an adult you trust or contact trained counsellors at Childline.
Cyberbullying is not against the law, but harassment or threatening behaviour is. That means if someone keeps making you feel scared on purpose, what they’re doing could be illegal.
If someone’s bullying or threatening you, something can be done to stop them and you should report it to an adult you trust. If you can, keep a record of the bullying. Having a record of when and where the bullying happened can help to get it stopped. Find out more about staying safe online.
Computing in School