Computing at Bacton
At Bacton Primary School we aim to provide an immersive and cross-curricular style of teaching and learning which we support by integrating computing and technology into our curriculum.
In school we use Purple Mash to help develop the pupils’ ability to create and understand algortihms, become familiar with a range of technologies and use these to purposefully create, store and edit information, create and debug programs and how to use technology safely and responsibly. As the children progress in school, into KS2 they will begin to understand computer networks; including the internet, use their skills to be more selective and effective when researching and searching online as well as recognising their responsiblity when using the internet and recognising acceptable or unacceptable online behaviour and ways of reporting it.
Staying Safe online
Here are some links to support you and your child to keep you safe online.
Youtube Kids is a great app for your children, if they enjoy watching videos online. YouTube Kids was created to give children a more contained environment that makes it simpler and more fun for them to explore on their own, and easier for parents and caregivers to guide their journey as they discover new and exciting interests along the way. Follow the link to download the app here: https://www.youtube.com/kids/
Children’s safety online: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
NSPCC support: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-your-child-staying-safe-online/
At Bacton we support our maths curriculum using the Mathletics website. The website allows children to practise different skills they have learnt in their maths lessons in class. The points the children receive on Mathletics go towards them achieving a bronze, silver or gold certificate, depending on how much they have completed and how much they have understood.
All children attending Bacton have a Mathletics log-in, if your child does not, please ask your class teacher and they will be able to provide your child with this information.
To find the website, follow this link:
Your child is issued with a Purple Mash log-in so they can access all of the online activities and games provided by purple mash. If your child does not have a log-in, please ask your class teacher and they will be able to provide your child with this information.
Access to the purple mash website here:
Purple Mash: Parenting in a digital age
The digital world is vast, exciting and forever evolving at such a pace that parents often find it hard to keep up. Our children have never known life before the online world and are getting more and more tech savvy at an earlier age. This causes many of us anxiety because we are not experts, we have not grown up in the age of online technology and we have not had childhood experience to draw upon when providing guidance for our own children. However, the digital world doesn’t have to be considered a place of worry for parents; in fact, it can be embraced as a tool for building a better future for us all.
If you are interested in finding out more about supporting your child and their understanding of technology and the digital world, read the booklet below!
VParenting in a digital world online.pdf