Digital Learning

Chromebooks for Every P6 and P7 Pupil!

At last they are here for Smithton Primary young people. Each child is responsible for looking after the Chromebook and having it charged daily and each teacher is responsible for making sure new learning using this great tool starts to happen this year!

Chromebook Agreement 2019 (4)

The Big Debate..

As part of Internet Safety Day, both P7 classes took part in a Social Media debate.  The motion for the debate was ‘There should be no age limit on social media sites’.

Four children from P7NS argued for the motion, basing their argument on the belief that removing age limits would encourage parents and carers to be more involved in what their children are doing and prevent providers like Facebook from not taking responsibility, because they hide behind age limits. Four children from P7JB argued against the motion saying that children should be protected from the dangers of the internet and if anything the age should be raised. There was a lively questions session, kept in control for the chairs, Lewis and Aimee.

Those arguing for the motion won by one vote.

Internet Safety Day

As part of Internet Safety Day on Tuesday 6th February, all children across the School were learning about how to keep safe on the Internet.

Here is a little summary of what all classes got up to on the day:

Stage Activities Planned
P7 Debate on the age levels for social media and whether they are appropriate – too low or too high.  Each class will be taking one side of the motion and then will work together to create reasoned arguments to sway the audience.
P6 Create a ‘Wanted’ poster showing the qualities of someone staying safe online.

Emoji Art.

P5/6 Class survey on what pupils use the internet for

Review of the key safety messages regarding safe internet use

Artwork/Poster Design – key safety messages

Emojis and Expressing Feelings

Using drama to explore dilemmas associated with internet use

P5 Explore ways we can be responsible and respectful online

Explore what is and is not appropriate to share online.

P4/5 NSPCC lessons (two-parts) on being ‘Share Aware’ online

Activities centred on how to stay safe, respectful and responsible online. Create a poster on this and where to go for help.

P4 Exploring the different ways that we use the internet, discussing potential problems and how to keep themselves safe.

Create a poster with top tips for keeping safe online.

P3 Lee and Kim web presentation

Discussion follow up, with focus on online games and who we befriend and interact with.

P2 Smartie The Penguin to discuss what to do if you find unwanted pop-ups, an older sibling is sharing the computer and has left open a game which is for older children and what to do if someone is mean online.

Reinforce the message that you should always tell an adult in all of these cases rather than trying to sort the problem yourself.

P1 & P1/2 How to overcome potential problems that can occur on their tablets, phones etc. using Smartie the Penguin and a variety of different scenarios for the children to problem solve in teams.

We will also be focusing on the amount of time children are spending online and will be working on creating a class list of fun activities that children can try at home rather than spending all their free time using technology.

We have a book for the week called “Penguinpig” – a story about a little girl who reads about an exciting creature known as the a penguinpig on the internet. The message behind the story really is not to believe everything you read online. The classes will be doing a bit of extension work on this too by creating their own creature and discussing how easy this was to do and can be replicated online.


We want our pupils to be be innovative, confident and responsible in the use of technologies and to be able to stay safe online.  They should be able to make informed choices about the use of digital technology in and out of school. They will be able to anticipate and respond to new opportunities and threats caused by developments now and in the future.

If you want to find out more about how Scotland’s educators, learners and parents are aiming to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technologies in order to raise attainment, ambition and opportunities for all, click here.

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