Computing is a new topic in the curriculum, replacing ICT. Computing is designed to meet the needs of our technologically rich world. It looks much deeper at how computers work, how programs are made and the impact they can have on our everyday lives.
The computing topic can be broken into 3 main areas: -
Computing science is all about the understanding of how computers work and how we communicate with them to complete everyday tasks. The children will have to create algorithms, make predictions, debug and even decompose.
Children will also be given the chance to explore what the internet really is. Looking at how it works and how information is sent from one place to another.
Children will be given the opportunity to explore a variety of programs to complete a range of tasks. Information technology is about challenging the children to select the right program to complete the task and show they can collect, display and share information.
Digital literacy looks at how technology is used in the real world and how it enables collaboration and communication. It also looks at how technology is used safely, respectively and responsibly. Children will be able to identify acceptable/unacceptable behaviour and the right ways to report concerns.
Computing can be linked to many other sciences; children are encouraged to explore, share information, review, modify and evaluate work. They will be expected to show independence whilst trying to overcome real-world problems. Preparing them for challenges they will face in the future.
Below is an outline of each year group’s activities and tasks.