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Mere School Curriculum Statement


At Mere School we believe all our children have the right to succeed, to have high aspirations for their future lives and develop who they are in a respectful and caring environment. Our school ethos is firmly rooted in our school vision - 'We enjoy - we learn - we achieve’

 

 

At Mere School, we strive to give children the technical knowledge and skills to thrive in the ever technological world. Our excellent computer : child ratio provides the opportunity for children to acquire independence and competence, which can be applied across the whole curriculum.

We have a vision for Computing in the school, which is reflected in the current provision for children. This comprises of 30 iPads, 2 sets of class laptops, a greenscreen wall, drones, 8 virtual reality headsets and an interactive whiteboard or avocor board in every classroom. 

In accordance with the National Curriculum 2014, children at Mere learn to develop skills in communication,  online safety, problem solving, control, coding and computational thinking. They are encouraged to engage in new initiatives (using the latest software) and to discuss and share good practise in ICT. Successes are celebrated along the way!


 

Online Safety and COVID-19

 

Activities to support online safety at home. These resources are from Child.net. They can be accessed via the links below.

For 3-7 year olds

Younger children may interact more with technology than they have done ever before during this time. There are lots of creative and educational ways to help them learn how to do this in a safe and balanced way. Use our activities below to help them manage their online lives whilst staying at home.

We’ve selected a couple of activities from across our resources to help this group manage their time online and stay safe too.

 

1. Family tech rules

Download our Family Agreement - an easy-to-use guide to having a family discussion on how you all agree to use the internet. After you've answered the questions and come to an agreement, ask your child to draw pictures to illustrate your new family rules about using the internet during this time. By giving your child a role, they will feel more empowered and invested in following the boundaries you agree together.

Download the Family Agreement here

 

2. Learn with Digiduck

The Digiduck story collection has been created to help parents, carers and teachers educate children aged 3-7 about online safety.  The collection includes ebooks, PDFs, a poster and an interactive app. Follow Digiduck and his pals in these stories about friendship, responsibility and critical thinking online.

 

Digiduck’s Famous Friend

In the latest of our Digiduck online safety stories for young children, Digiduck® and his classmates are set the task of finding out who their special guest will be at school today. Through chatting online and asking questions they try to decide who the mystery guest is. This story revolves around the themes of critical thinking and reliability online. 

Read Digiduck's Famous Friend here

 

Digiduck's Big Decision

Help arrives just in time for Digiduck when faced with a difficult decision! This story revolves around the themes of friendship and responsibility online.

Read Digiduck's Big Decision here

 

3. Have an adventure with Smartie the Penguin

Smartie the Penguin is an online safety story for use with 3-7 year olds.

Join in with Mummy Penguin’s song and follow the adventures of Smartie the Penguin as he learns how to be safe on the internet. 

Download the story and follow on resources here

 

4.  This is me!

Read the poem created for Safer Internet Day 2020 and use as a conversation to start talking with your child about what they like to do online and what they already know about staying safe. After you read it through, encourage your child to write their own poem using the things they like to do and what they know about going online safely.

Download the 'This is Me' poem here. This is part of an Education Pack for Safer Internet Day 2020 that can be found here.

 

For 7-11 year olds

1. Family tech check

Ask your child to take notes on what tech you have in your home, which ones have controls or filters on, and how much time your family is spending on each one for a couple of days. Ask them to bring this information with them to a family discussion on how you all agree to use the internet during this time. Our Family Agreement is an easy-to-use guide to having these conversations. By giving your child a key role, they will feel more empowered and invested in following the boundaries you agree together.

Download the Family Agreement here

 

2. Be a quiz master

Ask your child to brush up on their online safety skills by working their way through our interactive quiz for primary pupils. After they have completed all the sections, they could run the quiz with other members of your family, and compare scores. Are there any areas that your family need more knowledge on? Set your child the challenge of running a mini-tutorial to get everyone up to speed.

Take the primary online safety quiz here 

 

3. Get SMART with Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew

Show your child our 5 SMART rules cartoons about staying safe online. Once they've watched the films, there are further guidance and activities you can do as a family to discuss what you've watched.

The films include a real life SMART Crew of young people, who guide the cartoon characters in their quest, and help them make safe online decisions. Why not ask your child to film their own advice to go along with each film?

Watch the SMART Crew cartoons here

 

4. Screen time - spot the signs

When it comes to children and technology, parents and carers often have the same question: How much screen time should children have? Now more than ever, children will be turning to the internet for their entertainment and social connections. It can be easy to lose track of time online.

Use our bank of quick activities together with your child to help them recognise the signs they may experience when they've been online too long and the importance of balancing online and offline activities.

Download the Screen Time and Healthy Balance Quick Activities here

 

5. Poem time

Show your child the following video, ‘Jessica’s Wish’ https://vimeo.com/152415364 .

Discuss the following questions together:

  • What would it be like if we were all the same?
  • What’s good about being different online?
  • How many ways are we all different online?
  • Do we always have to agree with/have the same view as other people?

Your child could create a storyboard to accompany the poem, and could even turn this into a short films or animations, using the original video as inspiration. 

Can your child create their own poem about what they like to use the internet for?

Download the full text for the Jessica's Wish poem here. This is part of an Education Pack for Safer Internet Day 2020 that can be found here.

 

6. Online identity detective

The Safer Internet Day 2020 quiz explores whether children feel free to be themselves online. Get your child to test their knowledge about what identity means online, and how it shapes what we think of ourselves and others.

Once they have completed the quiz, can they write their own to run with other members of your family?

Take the Online Identity Quiz here

Click on the link below to see our green screen videos.

Blue Class and Yellow Class have been using our new VR headsets to watch a fireworks display.

VR headsets

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Drones

Blue Class and Yellow Class are loving their new Avocor smart boards!

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Writing in phonics

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Online Safety Day- Thursday 31st January 2019

 

We were lucky enough to have a visit from Karl Hopwood, an internet safety expert. He worked with each class and focused on developing safer online behaviours and the promotion of digital literacy.

Ipads in Blue Class

Online safety posters from Silver Class

Computing in action

Doodle Buddy

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