September 2014 saw the launch of the new Computing Curriculum throughout Primary Schools in England.
At St Teresa's we believe that Computing should support the learning of our children through three major aspects:
• Computing as an individual subject
• Using technology as a tool to support learning
• Using technology as a tool to support teaching
The school has recently made investments in iPads and installing wireless to support teaching and learning in all curriculum areas.
The new computing curriculum is aimed at helping prepare students to understand and change the world through logical thinking and creativity, making explicit links with maths, science and design technology. It is also hoped that the new curriculum will prepare young people for the future by getting them to understand how digital systems work, equipping pupils to create programs and systems with a range of media. More importantly, it ensures that young people become digitally literate, enabling them to use and express their ideas in a safe environment.
The new National Curriculum presents the subject as one lens through which pupils can understand the world. There is a focus on computational thinking and creativity, as well as opportunities for creative work in programming and digital media.
The introduction makes clear the three aspects of the computing curriculum: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.
The Department for Education (DfE) recently set out the new objectives for the expectations in Computing at Key Stage 1: