At White Rock Primary School our aim is to prepare all pupils for a safe future in this constantly developing digital world. We intend that they leave our school computer literate, prepared for secondary school, and able to independently make thoughtful decisions about the technologies they encounter. Throughout their school life at White Rock all pupils will have access to a variety of hardware and software and be given the opportunities to evaluate them, leading to them becoming creative learners with the confidence to make independent decisions. We believe that our children, and their families, need to be prepared for the rapid changes in computer-based communication, social media, privacy, gaming trends and cyberbullying, and we intend to support them with this. Our online safety curriculum is planned with consideration of the 4 Cs, as grouped in Keeping Children Safe in Education, which are: Content, Contact, Conduct and Commerce.
Online Safety Day
On Wednesday 4th May we were lucky enough to be visited by Steve Shepherd from The Safer Internet Centre.
He ran two online safety sessions for our parents where he talked about how technology affects our lives and those of our children. The topics discussed ranged from how conversations at home can support children’s safety when online, to the damage that lack of sleep can cause to their mental capabilities.
During the school day, the children in Years 5 and 6 attended age-appropriate sessions (please see the Year 5 class pages). Discussions were had about the things that children must consider to keep themselves safe. Games and social media apps were considered and some suggested rules to follow were given.
Feedback quotes from children included:
“It helped me understand what I can and cannot do online. I learnt about the different games I should and shouldn’t play online, along with how to treat friends.”
“I couldn’t believe it would take well over 45minues to read the terms and condition for some of the apps.”
"I learnt that age ratings on games tell you which games are okay to play, and which games aren't. I will look at the ratings now."
Feedback quotes from our parents who attended:
Why did you decide to attend this event?
“To find out if we were doing enough to keep our children safe online and to pick up on anything we were missing.”
“I have attended one previously and they are very informative and helpful. Having a child in year 6 I wanted to understand a bit more about the internet and apps.”
What was the most useful thing you learned?
“Pretty much everything! Brilliant statistics, awareness of ‘tracking’ of current technologies, great suggestions of parenting approaches in relation to online safety issues.”
“How important it is to educate the children on online safety and explain properly why they can't use certain apps or games rather than just saying 'no'.”
We are very pleased with the most recent addition to our computing hardware - the Lego WeDo.
Year 6 pupils were excited to have an opportunity to tinker with them, both with building, and using the software. In the coming weeks they will be using the WeDo sets to support their Science learning.
STEM Skills Workshop with Microsoft
A group of year 6 girls had the opportunity to attend a STEM skills workshop at the Royal William Yard in Plymouth which was run by Microsoft.
The purpose of the workshop was: ‘In a world being transformed by technology, developing young people’s digital skillset is now more important than ever before. Coupled with this, there is a need to address the current gender imbalance in the STEM sector and bring more women into technology. These Maker Champion workshops aim to spark curiosity and act as a catalyst to developing female pupils’ digital skills for the future.’
The children were asked to consider how they could use technology to improve the world – with an environmental focus on the day.
During the workshop there were opportunities to code using Minecraft Education, and the chance to explore Paint 3D.
Here are some of the Key Stage 2 pictures.
Year 6 Stop Motion 'Oscar' Winners 2018/19
Before they left in July, Year 6 voted for their favourite films based upon four categories: soundtrack, use of stop motion app, use of editing software and best film. Here are some of the winners. We hope you enjoy watching them.
The children have been working on demonstrating their improving mouse skills by drawing new pictures of themselves. Here are some from each year group which show the progress.
On the left is the drawing from last September and on the right the one from this.
The Resources Team are amazing!
Each day they organise the computing resources, iPads and laptops, making sure that they are charged and ready for everyone else to use in their learning.
The Resource Team 2017-18
Starting the New Year
As the children have now moved into their new year groups, they were asked to use our drawing packages to create an image of what they look like now.
Years 2 and 3 used 2Paint, a relatively simple program, to produce these pictures and Years 4, 5 and 6 used 2Paint A Picture, which has a more complex set of tools.
Year 6 Animation Awards
This year we, once again, held the White Rock Oscars. During their ICT lessons, year 6 children film, edit and add soundtracks to an animation which they have scripted. The particularly exciting parts happened this week when the screening took place and the children decided which films should receive awards. The categories were: best use of the animation software, best use of editing software, best soundtrack and the most sought after...best film!
Awards were presented in a whole school assembly and the children really enjoyed watching the films which were shown.
Hugh and Tris.mp4
DANNY AND RILEY!!!!.mp4
Freya,maddison and Tia.mp4
Year 4 Logo
The year 4 classes have been exploring Logo in Purple Mash. They have learned how to use the repeat function to draw regular shapes, before writing procedures to make 'spiragraphs'.
This has been a very successful topic. The children have all enjoyed creating these beautiful patterns and what they have learned will be used when they extend their knowledge of Scratch programming next year.
E-Safety Presentation to Parents
With our E-Safety focus in mind, we held an event for parents who wanted to find out what had been happening in our Computing lessons. For those parents who were unable to attend here is the presentation PowerPoint.