Within the classroom E-safety is taught specifically at regular intervals as well as being embedded throughout the ICT curriculum. A variety of engaging and age appropriate videos, games and online resources help to get the message across to children in an interesting and relevant way.

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Computing at the Coombes

by Jane Montandon (Subject Leader)

In line with our core values, ICT is embedded in the curriculum and the children have access to a variety of devices to enrich their learning. Each classroom has a smartboard with additional computers and we have two dedicated ICT suites. Our new fibre LAN (which runs up to 10Gb/s) supports the rich multisensory approach to learning that we have at the school. The Wi-Fi network system covers the grounds enabling us to gain access from anywhere in the school and the children can use the netbooks in the outdoor classroom.

In an ever changing digital world we endeavour to keep up with the latest technology. The children use the standard Microsoft programmes (as well as 2Simple software), learn basic keyboard skills and how to organise their work in folders or on the new learning platform. Digital cameras are used to photograph the grounds and record the rhythms of the seasons which are reflected in science as well as the festivals and unique traditions. Images may be stored and uploaded for use in a piece of work and/or modified. The children are also taught safe internet practise which includes the use of complex passwords, logging out and not opening unknown sites (see e-safety).

The LIFE learning cloud is the schools learning platform. It provides a safe environment for children, staff and parents to communicate in and out of school. Once logged into LIFE the children can access Education City providing activities and games linked to the curriculum and Purplemash which has all the 2Simple software that the children use in school. LIFE allows children to become independent and take ownership of their learning. Children develop their digital literacy becoming budding broadcasters. They are given a voice to interact, listen and respond to our school blog.

A variety of peripherals are also used ranging from remote control buggies to data logging devices. For example, Beebots are programmable floor robots specially designed for young children. Students learn sequential programming by pressing forward/reverse/left/right buttons in order to make the Bee-Bots go from one place to another. Easiscopes are small, handheld digital microscopes which the children use to investigate objects that they bring in or find in the grounds.


At the Coombes we believe that the use of ICT can greatly enhance learning and enjoyment across the curriculum, however it is not without its dangers. At The Coombes we take E-safety very seriously. Our primary concern is to ensure that our children are safe at school and at home and we aim to equip all our children the knowledge and life-skills to keep themselves safe in the constantly changing online environment. Though challenging for some, within school everyone uses a complex six character password that is common to both the school network and The LIFE learning cloud - our new learning platform. This helps the children to understand the importance of password security and in line with our core values encourages them to begin taking responsibility and exercise self-discipline.

We have a detailed and comprehensive E-safety policy that is designed to dovetail with our safeguarding policies and keep our children protected. It follows the latest guidance from central government, our local authority and CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre). Unusually, we have a dedicated E-safety representative as part of the school ICT team – a demonstration of how seriously we take this.

We hold regular informal evening events for parents which are intended to improve their understanding of the potential and emerging dangers of ICT and how to help their children to avoid them at home. Guest speakers are often invited to support these events and we keep the advice up to date by following the latest guidance from CEOP.

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