All pupils have access to a variety of ICT equipment while progressing through Yorkley School. The main areas of work undertaken will fall into these categories:
- Computer Science (designing, coding and debugging programs).
- Information Technology (using a range of software including the World Wide Web).
- Digital Literacy (understanding a wider range of technology and its applications).
In Key Stage 1, children will begin to develop their skills using desktop computers and using a variety of apps on the iPads. Children will use Bee Bots to begin developing their coding skills by inputting instructions and observing the output. They will also begin to start sequencing instructions and will develop debugging skills through correcting their own mistakes.
In Key Stage 2, children further advance their understanding through using a range of hardware and software. This includes Scratch, HTML, Microsoft Office Suite, Audacity and our new CodeBugs (see below)!
Children in Key Stage 2 will also deepen their understanding of computer networks and the internet, and begin to appreciate the opportunities provided by technology. They will learn to use search technologies effectively and cover more E-safety (more on this below).
Yorkley has an ICT suite large enough for a whole classes, including an interactive whiteboard, direct link to a printer and an iMac. Classes have an allocated time during the afternoons when they can use the ICT suite, and can also book it out during other times in the mornings. Each classroom also has an interactive whiteboard and can book out our school iPads.
Key Stage 1 now have keyboards with larger keys that are also colour-coded to help children navigate them. In addition, we have new computer mice more suited to smaller hands and with coloured buttons.
CodeBug is a small (even wearable) interactive device that allows children to see physical results of coding in real time. The CodeBugs have a 5×5 array of red LEDs which supports text scrolling and simple animations. The coding is very similar to scratch and can be done online, before being downloaded and copied to the CodeBug through a USB connection, allowing children to practice their digital literacy skills, too.
Lego Education WeDo 2.0 is a set of Lego with lights and motors. It has a free companion app which connects via Bluetooth. Children can follow instructions to build models which gradually increase in complexity or use their creativity to create new machines. Like CodeBugs, the Lego WeDo uses coding similar but simpler to scratch, allowing younger children to access it.
You can see the children using the new resources in the images below:
The internet is a fantastic resource for education, communication, and collaboration. Children having access to it enriches their learning as they observe and interact with the wider world. Its use in classrooms has provided countless opportunities to enhance all parts of curriculum.
Unfortunately, the threats of the online world are ever-present and ever-evolving. To ensure your children are safe and secure online, and able to use the internet to enrich their lives confidently, we cover a wide range of subjects in E-safety. These are some of the themes, visits and events the children have had this year:
- Stop, Speak, Support – this was delivered across the school to educate children about cyber bullying.
- Key Stage 2 E-safety assemblies – these covered topics such as reporting content online, and the links between screen time and getting enough sleep.
- Visits from PCSOs Lauren Thompson and Amber Jenkins to talk to Key Stage 2 about staying safe online.
- The NSPCC delivered assemblies to all year groups about their Speak out. Stay safe. programme.
- Yorkley hosted In The Net, a short play for Year 4’s about online behaviour. We were also joined by Year 4’s from several other schools.
- Year 5 visited Skills Zone, where they learned how to stay safe in a range of environments, including online.
- PC Darren Peters, out local Cyber Harm Reduction Officer, visited Class 5 to talk about the risks in online gaming.
- Class teachers continuously reinforce the messages of E-safety in class. This can be when using particular technologies, such as webcams, or when using online programs and websites in the classroom.
- Years 3 – 6 have a day when they can use the ICT suite during lunchtimes. This gives children an opportunity to navigate the web independently in a strictly controlled environment. Due to the ever-changing nature of the web, sometimes pupils encounter low-risk situations and are expected to act in accordance with school policies and with what they have learnt about staying safe online.
- Class 5 delivered a presentation to parents about what they had learned about E-safety. You can view the PowerPoint of our presentation here:
It’s important to remember that while we will do everything we can to educate your children about staying safe online, these values need to continue at home. Please ensure you are aware of what your children are doing online (this include computers, tablets, phones, games consoles and other devices). If you have any queries, please talk to class teachers or our computing coordinator, Mr Berry.