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Computing

Internet Safety

As a school we take internet safety very seriously and inform pupils how to stay safe online, especially as technology is moving so quickly.

Please visit our ‘Internet Safety – Stay Safe Online’ page which is found within the children’s area.  This section will share with you ideas, resources, websites and information on how to keep yourself and your children safe online.

Overview

Computing is an integral part of the new 2014 curriculum and as a part of our modern daily lives. At Norwood School, we recognise the growing use of Information Technology (IT) equipment in everyday life at home, even by our youngest children in school and we aim to develop the skills children may have already learned from home. The 2014 Computing curriculum focuses on three aspects of learning:

  • Computer Science – Understanding how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge through programming.
  • Information Technology – Evaluating different IT devices to create programs, systems and various content (such as app creation).
  • Digital Literacy – Being able to express, use and develop ideas and language through Information Technology. The skills learned through using the variety of equipment are applied through all areas of the curriculum (for example, writing a blog or analysing Science data).

Computing is a highly valued learning tool at Norwood School by both teachers and children. To enable a rich Computing experience, we have invested in the following equipment:

  • The Reception class have two touch screen computers, iPads and programmable devices (such as ‘BeeBots’) to access independently throughout the day.
  • Netbooks have been allocated to Years 1 – 6, allowing the children to access the interest for a range of learning purposes, including research for topics and developing coding skills.
  • Each classroom has access to iPads, to encourage the use of mobile accessible learning.
  • Each classroom is equipped with a ‘Genee touch’ screen which is used by the teachers to make lessons clear, interactive and engaging.
  • Our wireless network ensures that all IT equipment runs smoothly and effectively to enable the best possible teaching and learning outcomes for all.

Internet Safety (E-Safety)

As a whole school we take internet safety very seriously and inform pupils of how to stay safe online, especially as technology is rapidly changing. Please visit our ‘Internet Safety – Stay Safe Online’ page which is found within the ‘Children’s Area’ of our website. This section will share ideas, resources, websites and information on how to keep yourself and your children safe online. At Norwood School, we endeavour to ensure that all children are aware of the dangers of the online world and how to protect themselves from any inappropriate online behaviour. We also take part in ‘E-Safety Week’; a week dedicated to exploring how to be safe online and how to protect ourselves in an online environment. 

Programmes and Applications (Apps) used at Norwood

To ensure that Computing is explored throughout all areas of the Curriculum, we have invested in a variety of apps that help to build, support and engage your child’s learning. These include: RM Maths, Espresso, Doodlemaths and Sum Dog. In addition to this, we also run library software that is accessible from any internet access device, and a free app is available to download to enable parents/carers to help choose and reserve books for your child from our school library.