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 how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.
Hi, I’m Mr Pattinson and I am the subject lead for computing at Carr Mill Primary School. Computing is a key area of the National curriculum as the use of technology is expanding in the way that it is used everyday, from day to day life, to work places, and we want to ensure that our children leave our school, well equipped with the Computing skills and knowledge needed for succeeding in modern Britain.
I enjoy teaching Computing to the children as it is a creative subject which allows all children to work practically to develop their problem-solving skills, resilience and resourcefulness. Computational thinking provides insights into many areas of the curriculum. Having a deeper understanding of computing and computational thinking will allow students to be better equipped in tackling mathematical, scientific or enquiry-based challenges.
Teaching good ICT knowledge of how computers, software, the internet, the web and search engines work, are critical understanding of the impact of these technologies on their lives and on society.