Computing Programmes of Study: The New 2014 Curriculum

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With the focus shifting from general ICT skills to the implementation of computing education for key stages 1 and 2 it may seem a daunting time for both pupil and teacher.

Jobs that deal with computers on a more technical level are becoming ever increasing, however young people currently don’t have the skills to fill those roles. To fill this skills gap it has been decided to ramp up the teaching of computer science.

According to Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation:

“Becoming literate in how the technical world works is equivalent to reading, writing and maths…Not just a the level of the very basics of operating a computer but actually understanding how the code and mechanics behind it work.”

ICT isn’t just a lesson about using computer software, like spreadsheets. Computing has links to science, mathematics and design and technology. With computer science playing a huge part of the curriculum, it will ensure that pupils will become digitally literate in an ever expanding technological world.

Mark goes on to say that:

“Training teachers in the concepts of digital literacy will be one of the biggest challenges ahead. There are many teachers who want to incorporate digital technology in lessons but who need to upgrade their skills to do so.”

The new subject content for the computing programmes of study for the 2014 curriculum can be found below:

Subject Content

(Information taken from Computing programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2 – Department of Education)

Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand what algorithms (a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer) are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instruction

  • Create and debug simple programs

  • Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs

  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content

  • Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school

  • Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

Key stage 2

Pupils should be able to:

  • Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts

  • Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output

  • Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs

  • Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration

  • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content

  • Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information

  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

Codeanywhere

The above may sound baffling, if it does, don’t worry Webanywhere are offering a free event covering the basics of coding. Codeanywhere will take place at Webanywhere’s offices on Tuesday 26th November from 5-7pm.

The event will include:

  • An introduction to coding

  • The fundamentals: What do you want to achieve – what CAN you achieve?

  • Using maths and logic

  • Useful resources

  • Q&A session

Refreshments will be provided at the event.

This event will take place at Aire Valley Business Park, Lawkholme Lane, Keighley on Tuesday 26th October.

To book your free place, please just click here:

www.codeanywhere.co.uk

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