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Safer Internet Day 2023

The theme for this year's Safer Internet Day was 'Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online'.


Pupils to part in a range of acitivities to think about and discuss their lives online, as well as voicing their ideas and opinions about how life online could be improved for everyone. It was fascinating to how pupils reflected upon their use of technology and their experiences of life online. Pupils also completed social media templates to express the things that they wanted to talk about and there were lots of interesting ideas about topics such as online bullying and how they would like to see changes to protect people from online abuse.


'The activities really made me think about how much time I spend online and how we can work together to improve our lives online and make it safer for everyone.' - Anthony



Showing understanding of algorithms and sequencing

Year 4 pupils have been applying their knowledge and understanding of algorithms to write and sequencing coding instructions to make their own game. Children were able to critically evaluate and explain the choices they had made to sequence the code and understood what would happen if the coding sequence was incorrect.


'At first, I could not get the ball to move; however, when I checked the coding instructions I realised that the sequence was wrong, so I changed the order and it worked properly.' - Ariana B


'It took me a couple of goes to get my coding sequence to work. I had to check that the code I had used was correct and that it was in the right order.' - Oliver W

E-Safety - SMART Rules

For the start of a new school year, our Year 4 pupils have been refreshing their knowledge of the E-Safety SMART rules. Building on their previous knowledge, children showed a real understanding of the importance of not sharing personal information over the internet or meeting up with people whom they have only been in contact with online. Children also showed an excellent awareness of who they can tell if something they see online makes them feel uncomfortable or worried as well as what to do if they or someone they know is being bullied online.


'Now that I do more things online, I understand that it is important to follow the SMART rules to help protect my identity and personal information' - Ethan B


'Some people say things online that aren't very nice, but now I know who to tell if it happens to me!' - Lilly M