At Downderry Primary School we seek to develop children’s understanding and appreciation of computing and the way it impacts on our lives. We believe it is essential to provide opportunities in all National Curriculum subject areas for children to develop their computing capability and to use it to support their learning. Technology makes education accessible to all, irrespective of learning styles and individual needs. At Downderry, computing education is provided in a safe, happy and disciplined environment to stimulate and challenge both pupils and staff.
The Internet is an essential element in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. ICT skills and knowledge are vital to access life-long learning and employment; indeed ICT is now seen as a functional, essential life skill along with English and mathematics. The statutory curriculum requires pupils to learn how to locate, retrieve and exchange information using technology including the Internet. All pupils should be taught to use the Internet efficiently and safely, and to develop a responsible and mature approach to accessing and interpreting information. The Internet can benefit the professional work of staff and enhances the school's management information and business administration systems.
Whole school approach to the safe use of ICT creating a safe learning environment includes three main elements at this school:
- An effective range of technological tools;
- Policies and procedures, with clear roles and responsibilities;
- A comprehensive e-Safety education programme for pupils, staff and parents.
Useful information for parents about online safety;
UK Safer Internet Centre 0207 639 6967
London Grid for Learning Parent Online Safety Resources
Child Exploitation and Online Protection command
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP
internetmatters.org, Helping parents keep their children safe online
Be Internet Legends, from Google