We believe that the use of ICT to support the curriculum motivates pupils and facilitates a greater range of learning outcomes. The school is very lucky to have an extensive range of computer hardware and software applications which aid this.
Every KS2 classroom has 6 Laptop Computers while every KS1 classroom has 6 iPads, thereby allowing small groups to use hardware in every lesson. In addition to this there are: 2 iPad trollies each containing 30 iPads; 3 trollies containing netbooks and a bank of 30 laptops in a designated computer suite. All classrooms and the main hall have interactive whiteboards fitted to enhance teaching and learning.
Coding is a priority on our School Improvement Plan this year. The teachers have been creating tailor-made programmes of work and the children are learning about the many aspects of Coding using software such as Scratch and hardware such as Beebots and Probots.
Fair Furlong also runs a ‘Code Club’ where a skilled professional, who works in the industry, volunteers his time to give our pupils experience of programming.
Homework is set on-line each week by all teachers in Years 1 – 6. We use the iamlearning website. There are computers available every lunch-time and at an after-school club should any pupil have difficulty gaining access to the internet on an appropriate device.
Internet safety is taken very seriously at Fair Furlong. At the beginning of each school year the importance of staying safe on-line is taught and the children sign a charter which is displayed as a reminder. In addition to this a different aspect of e-safety is covered at the beginning of each term and the subject is also covered during Anti-bullying week and several assemblies.
E-Safety at Fair Furlong Primary School
The internet is a fantastic place overflowing with knowledge, games and communities of people, and, just like pupils across the country, the pupils here at Fair Furlong Primary School spend a great deal of time using the internet within school and at home. This is why it is so important our pupils learn how to be safe when browsing online and becoming members of online communities.
One way to make browsing the internet safer at home is to use a 'safe search' search engine. At school we are encouraging the children to use ‘Swiggle’ which automatically takes them to child friendly web sites, with information presented in a way the children will understand.
We also encourage parents to set up filtering on their home internet. To learn how to do this for the major providers of internet please click the text below.
We also suggest parents visit the website link below for up to date information on Facebook privacy settings, as whilst we know that no children under the age of 13 should be on Facebook, if they are then they should be educated as to how to ensure they are safe.
In school, children learn about E-Safety through a scheme of lessons taught at the beginning of term, as well as through assemblies and as part of anti-bullying week. We also encourage parents/carers to talk to their children about how to behave safety when online, to ensure pupils remain safe when browsing at home.
Our children know to report any inappropriate content, contact or conduct they encounter online to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) by visiting this page and clicking our report button below.
CEOP also has a great website of information on E-Safety for parents. Please click the link below to visit the page.
The websites below provide excellent clear guidance for children about E-Safety in a fun and informative way:
This link for KS1
This link for KS2 http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/cybercafe/Cyber-Cafe-Base/