2014 Computing Curriculum
The 2014 national curriculum introduces a new subject, computing, which replaces ICT. This represents continuity and change, challenge and opportunity. It gives schools the chance to review and enhance current approaches in order to provide an even more exciting and rigorous curriculum that addresses the challenges and opportunities offered by the technologically rich world in which we live.
The core of computing is computer science - concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Building on this understanding, pupils will gain an understanding of information technology - creating programs and computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. Computing ensures that all pupils become digitally literate - able to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology. Thus, providing an insight into many areas of the curriculum and influencing work at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines.
The focus of the new programme of study undeniably moves towards programming and other aspects of computer science. Programming has been part of the primary national curriculum right from the start, as ‘control’ or ‘sequencing instructions’, although this has too often been overlooked or treated superficially.
There is more to computer science than programming, though. It incorporates techniques and methods for solving problems and advancing knowledge, and includes a distinct way of thinking and working that sets it apart from other disciplines. Every core principle can be taught or illustrated without relying on the use of a specific technology.
The role of programming in computer science is similar to that of practical work in the other sciences – it provides motivation, and a context within which ideas are brought to life.
Information technology deals with applying computer systems to solve real-world problems. Things that have long been part of ICT in schools, such as finding things out, exchanging and sharing information, and reviewing, modifying and evaluating work, remain as important now, for a broad and balanced technological education, as they ever were. The new programme of study provides ample scope for pupils to develop understanding, knowledge and skills in these areas.
At St Thomas of Canterbury, we aim to develop children’s understanding and appreciation of IT and the way it impacts on our lives. We believe it is essential to provide opportunities in all our subjects for children to develop their computing capability and to use it to support their learning. Computing makes education accessible to all, irrespective of learning styles and individual needs.
Aims & Objectives
• To encourage children to develop positive attitudes to IT and to understand its importance and relevance to today’s world.
• To enable children to acquire a broad range of computing capabilities and to be confident about using a range of hardware and software including apple.
• To enable children to develop computing as a tool for learning and investigation in all subject areas.
• To use IT to encourage children to work co-operatively, taking responsibility collectively.
• To use IT to develop independent ways of working which encourage children to take responsibility for their own actions.
• To set computing tasks which require flexibility of mind and open mindedness in problem solving.
• To provide a balanced range of progressively more difficult tasks which will develop children’s understanding in communicating and handling information, controlling, modelling and monitoring.
• To instruct children in the use of a variety of IT equipment.
• To ensure a balance of computing activities are carried out in a range of contexts.
• To provide opportunities for children to explore the use of technology.
• To set aside time for discussion of children’s experience of using IT, both in and out of the classroom