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Ways to Support Your Child with Computing

The best way to support your child with computing is to enjoy using technology together, which will allow you to model how to use it safely and responsibly.

Here are some great ideas to help:

  • The student becomes the teacher

Let your child become your teacher. Allow them to teach you how to use their favourite app or do something they have learnt at school.

  • Research together

You can either choose a topic they are learning about at school or one they are interested in to research with your child. Together decide how reliable you think each website is — does the information on it appear anywhere else? Who created the website? Discuss the rankings — why does the search engine rank some at the top and some further down?

  • Help support their homework using technology

Maths skills to practise? Why not help them create a how-to video demonstrating the skill.

Create a short film based on a story they have written? Or perhaps an animation?

Find some YouTubeKids videos or play games together that support what they’re learning about in school.

  • Communicate with family

Keep in touch with family members by composing emails together or using services like Skype to make video calls. Discuss how useful these tools can be when used responsibly. You could also use Google maps to find out more about where your family member lives or is visiting.

  • Regular Chats

Spend time each week talking about technology with your child. What technology have they used this week? What is their favourite app? It is also important to ensure that your child feels they can come and talk to you, should any issues arise for them.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/at-school/subject-guides/computer-science-at-primary-school/ 

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Purple Mash

From Spring Term 2, Our Lady's will use Purple Mash help cover parts of the computing curriculum. Once your child has received their individual password they will also be able to access Purple Mash at home; which will allow them to practise a range of computing skills such as coding, blogging, emailing, using spreedsheets and databases all in a safe environment. Simply click on the logo to login to the website.

CoderDojo Warrington            

Free event for 7-17 year olds (parents must accompany under 12's.)

CoderDojo is a volunteer-led community of free local programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people between 7 and 17 learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology using MIT Scratch, HTML, Javascript, Python and more!
 
Next event takes place:
Saturday, 28 April 2018 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Click here to book your free ticket.

Raspberry Pi Project

Raspberry Pi have put together a range of great projects that will help you to start writing code and get going with digital making.

Click here to choose a project from Raspberry Pi.

Scratch

Scratch is a free programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.

Click here to find out more about Scratch

NSPCC Online Safety

We’ve teamed up with O2 to help you keep children safe when they're using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.

Click here to visit the website

Barclays Digital Wings logo

It has been designed to help and guide you through the world of digital through themed modules, interactive articles and quizzes. Every module is endorsed by City & Guilds and specially developed with experts such as Digital Awareness UKCode Kingdoms and CoderDojo. Whether you are looking to keep your children safe and secure online or teach them the basics of how to code our online resource is the perfect companion for parents, teachers and carers working with young people.

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Your guide to the social networks your kids use. Stay up to date and keep yout child safe in today's digital world.

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Common Sense Media

Get Kids to Create Media, Not Just Consume It

Try strategies, games, and apps to encourage kids to make, code, and craft their own content. 

Common Sense Media aim to empower parents and teachers by providing unbiased information to help them harness the power of media and make it a positive force in children’s lives. There are family guides and they tackle many topics of concern.

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Vodafone Digital Parenting Magazine

Brought to you by Vodafone, Digital Parenting helps you to get more involved with the technology that young people enjoy. Whether you’re a parent, a carer, a teacher or a teenager, it’s all about building children’s confidence and resilience so that they get the very best out of the fast-moving, awe-inspiring, sometimes-overwhelming digital world.

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