Pupils at Springfield House School receive lessons and assemblies regarding how to keep themselves safe when online.  However, it is important to know what your children are accessing and how to put in precautionary measures to ensure that they are only able to view content that is suitable to their age.  If you would like advice about this please do not hesitate to contact school and we will assist you.

Below are some links that you may find useful. 

Online Safety Websites -       Internet Matters        Guide to staying safe on Facebook       Childline advice for staying safe    

                                                          Leaflet with useful information/advice       Child Exploitation & Online Police

Online Safety Leaflets & Posters produced by Childnet

KidSmart poster         Parent fact sheet       Supporting young people on-line         5 Smart rules for staying safe online

The importance of computing.

Computing is a constantly developing and important part of all of our lives. As a result, children will need to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The core of Computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.

Using a variety of Computing equipment, the children are encouraged to communicate ideas and information in a variety of forms and means. The children particularly enjoy working with computers and they are available for children to use throughout the school. For example, each classroom has at least two computers that can be used across the whole curriculum, an interactive whiteboard, and enough laptops for each child to be able to work independently on Computing tasks.

As well as being taught in specific Computing lessons, children are also provided with regular opportunities to practise skills and develop their knowledge by using Computing in other subject areas.  With this provision, we hope to enable all children to become confident users of computer equipment with programming, keyboard, and internet research skills, and the ability to load, save, edit and retrieve their work. Alongside this we also provide opportunities for children to use Computing creatively in order to create digital art and music, and record videos and take pictures to support and enhance their learning across the curriculum.

Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology, at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. We strive that all of our children acquire the confidence and ability to use Computing effectively and gain a range of core skills that they can continue to develop throughout their lives.

Through the Computing curriculum, we hope to: 

  • Provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for Computing for all pupils

  • Use Computing as a tool to enhance learning throughout the curriculum

  • Provide a creative, skills based approach to the use of Computing

  • Provide a wide range of Computing equipment and learning experiences

  • Make Computing a valued part of our school, which promotes our public image and helps pupils in develop a positive self-image.

  • Use Computing to create the flexibility needed to meet the individual needs and abilities of all pupils

  • Promote access for pupils with learning difficulties to otherwise inaccessible areas of the curriculum such as group work and collaborative learning

  • Use Computing to present information in new ways, which help pupils to understand, assimilate and use it more readily

  • Enable children to develop confidence and a sense of achievement in their use of Computing

  • Ensure our pupils are aware of up to date e-safety issues

Computing Policy