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eSafety at St. Gregory's

St. Gregory’s staff take many opportunities and varying stimuli throughout the year to teach and reaffirm rules for staying safe online. At St. Gregory’s, eSafety is not only taught in isolation -mainly during our designated Safer Internet week - but through both implicit learning experiences and topical/current affairs issues that surround our children’s daily lives. Our main aim is to ‘Empower, Enthuse and Engage’ children to use the internet safely. We tackle and discuss issues at an age-appropriate level, providing children with the necessary tools to protect themselves online and have a positive digital experience, not diverting from truth, in accordance with the Education Act (2002), recommendations by the DfE (2017), OfSTED (2015) and the Commissioner for Schools (2017). Teachers use their knowledge of cohorts and individual pupils’ to exceed the minimum requirements for safer internet education, stretching the necessity of safe internet usage beyond the school gates and into the home and wider community. eSafety leaders use knowledge of cohorts and individuals to support teachers in identifying those pupils most ‘at risk’, targeting specific children, and working with families, where appropriate. Support is available for those who require it, and training for all members of our school community is regular and up-to-date.


Opportunities taken by St. Gregory’s staff to implicitly teach eSafety:
Paying attention to and discussing current affairs
Children have and use their own individual usernames and passwords for all computer access
Assemblies, presentations and workshops
School policy created by both adults and children (namely the School and Digital Council)
Consistently model safe and acceptable use of electronic devices
Daily use of iPads & Computers
Within all Computing and, where appropriate, core and cross-curricular lessons

Year Group

Name of the eSafety Unit/Resources

Overview of the Unit & Expected Learning Outcomes


The Adventures of Smartie the Penguin

Children will learn:
- who to trust/ask for help when something is wrong.

- never talk to strangers on online games/Youtube etc.

- know access restrictions for class computer

- develop knowledge of u/names & p/words (computing suite)

Year 1

Digiduck’s Big Decision


Children will learn:

- making suitable choices & what to access when online, in school (class computers/suite/iPads) and what is appropriate in the home

- asking permission from a friend before using their photograph.

Year 2

Clicky, Router and The Webville Outlaws

Children will learn:

- how to keep safe when using the Internet and who they can trust, if something is wrong.

- further develop Yr/Y1 learning (expected outcomes above)

- develop necessity for password and username protection, including fingerprint, numerical and written.

- share dangers of social media (age-appropriate, and responsive to context/requirements)

Explicit eSafety Learning opportunities, eSafety Week 2018

Year 3




The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART crew (Part 1)


Protect their Curiosity – ‘Stumbling on Content’


Webster’s email (book)

Children will:

- be introduced to the SMART crew, learning the SMART acronym (Safe, Meeting, Accepting, Reliable, Tell).

- understand what a reliable source of information is.

- understand what is acceptable in terms of reliability of sources.

- learn about autocorrect and search suggestions when using engines such as google.
- consider good practice when using email communication

Year 4

The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART crew (Part 2)


Who wnts 2 no? (Shared Text)


Person Profile: Harry Potter Jigsaw

Children will:

- understand what information (inc personal) should be kept safe ('information wise').
- revise SMART acronym, and when it might be used.

- understand who to go to if they are upset and need to tell.
- consider how ‘Stranger Danger’ applies to online activity
- develop a Code of Practice for using web-based games i.e. Xbox/Playstation etc.

Year 5

Dove ‘Self-Esteem’ Project


Where’s Klaus? – CEOP


Children will learn:

- to keep themselves safe when talking to friends online, cyber-bullying and plagiarism (including copyright laws).
- that sharing personal information online can form part of a larger jigsaw, ‘inviting’ people into your home.
- gain understanding of how images in the public are often heavily edited to create ‘perfection’ and how this can impact others (wellbeing and self-esteem project).

Year 6

Caught in the Web (Newsround Special)


Dangers of Social Media (Child Predator Experiment, including location sharing i.e. Snapchat Maps, tagging when on holiday – leaving your home ‘open’ to trespassers)


Nude Selfies – ‘Understanding Why?’


Social Media checklists – ‘Giving up your rights’ (varied docs)

Children will:

- learn about the serious implications of meeting up with people who you do not know.

- consider the dangers of sharing private images online, including sexting and pornography.

- develop an understanding of current law and legislation, understanding that actions can have criminal consequences.
- revisit learning from Key Stage 2 (see expected outcomes detailed above, revisiting and reinforcing as appropriate/required by cohort).