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:
Here at St George’s Voluntary Catholic Academy the programme of study is expressed in a precisely structured learning framework that teaches that 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, whether or not they include computers. Cultivating an environment with “Computational Thinking” at its foundation, this will provide insight into many areas of the broader curriculum, and influences work at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines.
To take this even further, the Computing framework at St George’s delivers the teaching material with the premise that 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, suffused with excitement.
Please find below a brief break down of how the computing framework is introduced to each phase and year group.