Digital Literacy

E-Safety Raps

What is the best way to record the children’s learning when it comes to E-safety and how can progression be measured?  These are questions that I (along with many other Primary Computing practitioners) have been wondering for a long time!  Content wise we were covering a lot.  Each year group (Years 1-6) began the academic year with a six week unit of work on E-safety.  However, we were long past creating E-safety posters as a way of recording the children’s learning and were looking for inspiration elsewhere.  Having led a series of E-safety assemblies during the Spring term, I was aware that the CBBC had produced an E-safety song – One Direction Paradoy Song “Who do you share your details with?”.  This got me thinking, what about asking the children to create their own E-safety raps using the content from their unit of work?  So…at the start of September, I launched an in-school competition to create an E-safety rap.  I called a special assembly where I challenged the Year groups to compete against each other and create the best E-safety rap.  These raps were to be recorded and the winning year groups (one from each Key Stage) would win an extra hour of Computing!  I had no idea how successful this was going to be!

It has been an absolute pleasure to experience the ‘buzz’ that this task has created around the school!  The children were so excited about the raps and as the day for recording them grew nearer, the level of competition (amongst children and staff) grew!!!  Some of the children brought in baseball caps and sunglasses to really look the part.  Some created their own actions and some their own moves.  All the raps were very different but the outcome was the same.  Through rapping about E-safety, the children embedded the knowledge they had learned.  It was a delight to hear my own daughter (who is currently in Year 1) frequently singing “No address, no phone, do not talk about your home” around the house.  Children can never be too young to hear the important message of not sharing personal information online – can they?

After half term, we are going to be holding another assembly where the children will be able to view the finished raps and the winning year groups will be announced!  These raps have provided a means to record this half term’s learning.  Later on in the year, I intend to speak to the individual children about online safety to assess the ongoing impact of creating E-safety raps.

Here are the raps…

 

3 Comments

  • Jane Waite
    November 4, 2017 - 10:02 am | Permalink

    This is fabulous!!! Music/ Computing and TEAM WORK!

  • Julie braney
    November 7, 2017 - 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic raps! What a great way to show what you have learnt and a great message to share!

  • Zoe
    November 11, 2017 - 12:25 pm | Permalink

    What a brilliant idea! We’ll definitely be using this for our e-safety day that is coming up.

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