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How are we keeping your child safe online?

Here at St Gabriel's we place a high value on teaching children to use technology safely and responsibly. We know that going online to explore, discover and learn is very important for the digital literacy skills of our pupils.

We have put some important measures in place to ensure that your child is safe whilst accessing the technology available in school to support learning. Here are some of the things that we do:

  • We teach your child about internet safety at least 3 times a year in our computing lessons.

  • We take part in the worldwide 'Safer Internet Day' every year in February.

  • We have a thorough filtering and monitoring system (NetSweeper) in place whereby no harmful content can be accessed by children whilst searching online.

  • Children are encouraged to tell a responsible adult about anything that worries them online.

  • Children have individual logins to computers so that we can monitor what they are searching for.

  • We learn about SMART in our computing lessons ( see the SMART poster below).

  • Children can learn about internet safety through our displays around school.

Children at St Gabriel's learn how to be SMART when exploring the internet by following the rules in this acronym.

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How do we teach computing at St Gabriel's?

  • Our Reception children learn about computing as soon as they enter our school. We prepare them for the computing curriculum in KS1 by partnering them up with a Year 6 'Computing Buddy'. Computing buddies work together on iPads to learn about how to access our Purple Mash site and how to use apps like 2Paint.

  • In KS1 our computing scheme of work starts with Purple Mash. Please see below in the files section for our schemes of work.

  • In KS2 our Purple Mash scheme of work continues and is supplemented by word processing work on our laptops.


  • St Gabriel’s Catholic Primary School believes that every child should have the right to a curriculum that champions excellence and supports pupils in achieving to the very best of their abilities.

  • We understand the immense value technology plays not only in supporting the Computing and whole school curriculum but overall in the day-to-day life of our school.

  • We believe that technology can provide enhanced collaborative learning opportunities; better engagement of pupils; easier access to rich content; support conceptual understanding of new concepts and can support the needs of all our pupils.


·         Provide an exciting, rich, relevant and challenging Computing curriculum for all pupils which follows the National Curriculum programmes of study.

·         Enthuse and equip children with the capability to use technology throughout their lives.

·         Give children access to a variety of high-quality hardware, software and unplugged resources such as Beebots and Micro:bits.

·         Teach pupils to become responsible, respectful and competent users of data, information and communication technology.

·         Teach pupils to understand the importance of using, storing, creating, retrieving and sharing information safely and effectively.

·         Equip pupils with skills, strategies and knowledge that will enable them to reap the benefits of the online world, whilst being able to minimise risk to themselves or others.

·         Utilise computational thinking beyond the Computing curriculum.

·         Instil critical thinking, reflective learning and a ‘can do’ attitude for all our pupils, particularly when engaging with technology and its associated resources.

St Gabriel's Catholic Primary School, Well Lane, Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent ST7 2PG