At Dartford Primary Academy we understand that today’s children and young people are growing up in a digital world. It is a wonderful learning tool that supports their learning to become more knowledgeable. As they grow older, it is crucial that they learn to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour, and develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online. We strive to ensure our pupils at DPA are principled people on and offline.
Purple Mash is our main source of online safety. Their online safety guides for every computing lesson ensure children are constantly reminded of how to behave online.
We have also incorporated online safety into our PSHE lessons using the Education for Connected Framework. The document supports one of the key aims of the government’s Internet Safety Strategy of supporting children to stay safe online.
Share Aware – It can be hard to keep track of what your child is doing on social networks, apps and games, or know how to keep them safe. Together we’re helping parents untangle the web and teach their children to be Share Aware because just like in real life, children need your help to stay safe online.
Pupils are given many high quality opportunities to develop their curiosity and creativity. They are encouraged to use their imagination, for example when thinking of ways to praise a friend, and are taught to respect the feelings and viewpoints of others.
Pupils are engaged and motivated by the way teachers present and teach the well-planned curriculum. This not only ensures that good learning takes place but makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to the good learning taking place, especially when pupils with special educational needs are taught in small groups outside the classroom. They work in very close partnership with teachers and bring an additional range of helpful skills and experiences into the classrooms.