DIGITAL LEADERS @ NORTHWAY

DIGITAL LEADERS @ NORTHWAY

At Northway we believe that children will learn best when they are empowered by each other. As a result, we have appointed a Digital Leader squad of pupils across KS2 who are ambassadors for eSafety@Northway. These children were awarded the job out of over 40 applications!

This year our Digital Leaders are: Sam, Rhys, Amelia, Lola, Ethan, Isabella, Harry, Megan, Adam, Daniel & Lillia.

         

                                                              

            

They work together to find new ways to promote the key messages of eSafety along with supporting their peers and the staff with their use of technology. They are involved with the planning of Safer Internet Day, attending staff meetings and helping the teachers to plan work for the rest of the school. The Digital Leaders are responsible for sharing their knowledge of the digital world, reviewing apps and testing out new hardware and software. 

The Digital Leaders have recently worked towards achieveing the 'Online Safety Mark' award which recognises the work we have done as a school to improve online safety education for children, parents and the local community. Mr Bill Esterson, our local MP, presented the children with this award.

 

Aims for this school year - 2018/2019:

  • To continue to improve links with the community in relation to eSafety
  • To continue to ensure eSafety is embedded across the school curriculum and we uphold the hard work recognised in our recent eSafety Mark Award e.g. through circle times, Digital Leaders' feedback time to classes, assemblies, eSafety days
  • To test out new coding devices and help evaluate the computing units of work

 

What have the Digital Leaders been working on in previous school years?

SUMMER TERM 2018

  • The Digital Leaders have held a meeting with our eSafety governor, Linda Hale, where they shared what projects we have been working on over the last few terms.
  • They have been discussing new apps and games that children are using and any potential dangers with these. We have shared information with parents about the new popular game Fortnite.
  • They have started to draft out our next edition of the eSafety newsletter for parents which will be sent out during the second half term.
  • As a team, the children have started to collect evidence towards our eSafety Mark award which we will be assessed for next half term. 

 

SPRING TERM 2018

  • The Digital Leaders delivered an assembly as part of Safer Internet Day all about how to show respect online to make the internet a better place for all.
  • They were involved in the planning of Safer Internet Day, including planning and setting up an eSafety marketplace for parents to visit and learn all about the different aspects of online safety
  • The Y6 Digital Leaders delivered an assembly, alongside their classmates, about using kind words both online and offline in order to 'fill each other's buckets'
  • Some Digital Leaders have tested out new units of work using Lego WeDo in preparation for lessons next term
  • They have also prepared a display board with online safety booklets created by children from Y1-Y6 which was then put on display in our local library

  

AUTUMN TERM 2017

  • The Digital Leaders who were part of last year's squad delivered an assembly to advertise their role and to try and recruit new Digital Leaders.
  • They then worked through over 40 applications and appointed new members for the squad, choosing the people they thought were best suited to the job.
  • Our meetings have taken place each Friday lunchtime and we have recently been writing the parent eSafety bulletin which will be sent out in December.
  • We have carried out research in each class during circle times to find out which apps children are playing at the moment.
  • Some Digital Leaders from Y5 & Y6 have even attended training for SCITT trainee teachers and shared their knowledge about programming and online safety.

 

What did the Digital Leaders do last school year?

    AUTUMN TERM 2016

Throughout the Autumn Term, the Digital Leaders have done many things to drive forward eSafety and Computing in our school:

  • They have redesigned the Acceptable User Policies for children

  • They also reviewed the iPad Acceptable User Policies

  • They created and analysed eSafety surveys which were completed by children in Year 2 – 6 and then shared their findings at a staff meeting

  • They created an eSafety bulletin for parents

  • They delivered an assembly about following SMART rules online

  • They have attended and led meetings every two weeks and held an after school meeting with the school’s eSafety governor to share eSafety updates

  • They visited a computing festival at Deyes High School

                                                        

    SPRING TERM 2017

The Digital Leaders have had yet another busy term, carrying out many projects:

  • The Year 5 Digital Leaders have explored new software called Lego WeDo and have attended a staff meeting to train staff. They have also supported in programming lessons in the Lower Junior classes to share their expertise.
  • The Year 6 Digital Leaders have explored the algorithms involved in coding 'Code Bugs' and have supported staff to plan units of work using these devices.
  • The Year 3 and 4 Digital Leaders have taken part in an eSafety project which involved producing an animation to share with other schools about how to stay safe online.
  • They have attended a 'Kids Meet' at Deyes High where they shared their coding skills with children from other schools about how to program Spheros and Lego WeDo.

  • They have also supported in lessons in other classes on Internet Safety Day.

   

                                            

    SUMMER TERM 2017

So far this term, the Digital Leaders have been involved in the following projects:

  • They have started to write the summer term parent eSafety bulletin.
  • The Year 5 Digital Leaders attended the 'Barney and Echo' eSafety roadshow where they learnt key messages about online safety. They then shared these with the other Digital Leaders and have started to plan their next whole school assembly around what they learnt.
  • They have designed an evaluation form in order to find out what different classes have learnt in their eSafety units of work, what helped them to learn this and what else they would still like to learn.

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Northway Primary School

Dodds Lane
Maghull
Merseyside
L31 9AA

Main Contact: Mrs C Booth

Tel: 0151-526-2565
Fax: 0151-526-6303
admin.northway@schools.sefton.gov.uk