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In line with the new curriculum, children at Hollesley learn to program from Reception through to Year 6. This starts with pressing arrow buttons to control floor robots and sees them progress through to use Scratch and similar building-block style languages. Some, in Years 5&6, will also go on to be introduced to text based languages such as Python and C#.

Children also learn what the Internet is and how to use the services it provides, including the WWW and email, safely and with respect for others. They learn to use a range of different software and to use these across all curriculum areas. They also have the opportunity to develop mouse and typing skills from an early age.

Children learn to use a range of hardware, including input and output devices used in conjunction with their coding to help them understand how computers receive input from, and control the performance of, physical devices.

Older children are encouraged to extend their interest in computing beyond school and attending CoSpace days at BT.

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The internet is a brilliant tool when used in the right way, and as a parent you will understand the importance of it to our children as it is used to learn, socialise and for entertainment. However, the technology children use can pose certain risks- such as cyber-bullying, contact from strangers or access to illegal/inappropriate content. 

Childnet recommends the following questions you could ask your child to promote their online safety:

  • Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
  • Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  • Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
  • Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  • Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online.


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