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Computing Subject Leader - Jessica Houseman

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At Oatlands Junior School, we aim to equip our children with the necessary skills and confidence to benefit from the ever-advancing technology on offer to them. We hope to open their eyes to the wealth of learning opportunities offered by technology and ensure that they also have a solid understanding of how to use it safely.

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Lower School


Year 3 and 4 have spent the first half-term fine-tuning their general ICT and word processing skills. They’ve been practising their typing skills, using Microsoft Word to experiment with different fonts and designs as well as learning useful shortcuts.

Year 4 used their new skills to create personalised front covers for their Special Mentions books while Year 3 demonstrated their skills by creating informative E-Safety posters.

Picture 1 Ella Jones 4H
Picture 2 Theo Southworth & George Wright 3M

Upper School

During the first half-term, Year 5 and 6 became quiz-makers. Before they could write their own program, they had to use their logic to practise finding and debugging errors in existing programs. They were then able to use Scratch to write simple algorithms and create themed, interactive quizzes for their peers.

Picture 1 Ella Chen 5/6C
Picture 2 Eleanor Adrian-Horrocks & Jessica Lovell 5/6C

E-Safety Assembly


On Thursday 12th October, Community Support Officer Becks from the Harrogate Police Station came in to talk about E-safety to Year 6. We learnt many things about how to stay safe online and how to deal with scenarios if we ever came across them. We learnt how to deal with cyber-bulling and the importance of not talking to strangers online. She explained why not to put anything on the internet that you wouldn’t want your parents to see and showed us that it is impossible to remove an image from the internet once it’s online. We also learnt the importance of parental locks on a computer, tablet, laptop and a mobile phone.

We’d like to say a big thank you to Officer Becks for visiting Oatlands Junior School!


Written by Chloe Prytherch and Lucas Collins.

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