Computing

  • 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.

    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. Computational thinking provides insights into many areas of the curriculum, and influences work at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines.

    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. While at Longmoor, children will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.

    We see computing as an exciting opportunity to provide children with transferrable skills that they will need for the future, while using computers and ICT as a tool with which cross-curricular learning and understanding can be achieved.

    Why Is Computational Thinking So Important?

    It allows us to solve problems, design systems, and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. It is a skill that empowers, and one that all pupils should be aware of and develop competence in. Pupils who can think computationally are better able to conceptualise, understand and use computer-based technology, and so are better prepared for today’s world and the future.

    How Do We Teach Computing?

    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, both visceral (‘it works!’) and intellectual (‘that is so beautiful’). The curriculum is split into three succinct teaching areas: Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT) and Digital Literacy (DS).

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