September 29 2014
The New Computing Curriculum 2014 at Bramley.
Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world.
The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the new programme of study for computing, they will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.
Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils studying computing will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds.
Why is computational thinking so important? It allows us to solve problems, design systems, and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. It is a skill that empowers, and one that all pupils should be aware of and develop competence in. Pupils who can think computationally are better able to conceptualise, understand and use computer-based technology, and so are better prepared for today’s world and the future.
Computing is a practical subject, in which invention and resourcefulness are encouraged. The ideas of computing are applied to understanding real-world systems and creating purposeful products. This combination of principles, practice and invention makes computing an extraordinarily useful and intensely creative subject.
The focus of the new programme of study 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’. 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.
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 important for a broad and balanced technological education. The new programme of study provides ample scope for pupils to develop understanding, knowledge and skills in these areas.
The three aspects of the computing curriculum are : computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL).
The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
During the Autumn term in Computing Bramley girls are excited to be learning new skills in order to design, develop and build their very own computer games.
All girls from Year 1-6 will be introduced to the new ‘Programming’ strand of the 2014 Computing Curriculum.
We will be using a programme called Scratch as a platform to learn the new programming skills. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch is available to download free, therefore a great tool which the girls can have access to out of school and continue to develop their programming skills.
Scratch will help to ensure the girls learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.