Introduced in September 2014 by the new National Curriculum(2014), the computing curriculum replaced the previous ICT curriculum. The diagram below shows how the new subject is constructed using three main areas.
What is computer science?
The biggest change to the curriculum sees the introduction of an increased focus on 'computer science'. Please visit the BBC website to learn more about what computer science is. The introduction of computer science allows for an increased focus on children learning how to use code to program for a variety of purposes.
What is digital literacy?
Also present in the new subject is 'digital literacy'. This part of computing includes learning about: internet safety, privacy and security, relationships and communication, cyberbulling, digital footprint(including how reputations can be damaged) and how information online can be identified and evaluated to ensure validity and quality. Please click here to view descriptions of areas of digital literacy by the Southwest Grid For Learning.
What is information technology?
This is the part of the subject that deals with learning to use specific software to collect, analyse and present data and information. This may include things such as: using spreadsheets, databases, data logging, designing websites and working on visual and audio projects.
What new terminology might children encounter?
There is a wide range of new terminology associated with the computing curriculum including 'algorithm' and 'abstraction' to name but a couple. To find out what these, and many other terms in computing, mean then please click here.
How does Gulworthy Primary School teach computing?
At Gulworthy Primary, children engage in a carefully planned and vibrant computing curriculum which covers all of the areas above in depth. This occurs through both discrete computing lessons and the teaching of IT, computer science and digital literacy skills across the wider range of curriculum subjects.
What technology does the school utilise to teach computing?
The school has an exciting range of technology that is used to teach computing and which is embedded throughout learning across the school.
- 16 Chromebooks which utilise 'the cloud' for secure and easy collaboration between children and adults within school.
- A set of Android or Apple tablets in each classroom.
- Laptop and Desktop computers.