Computing

The 2014 national curriculum replaced ICT with Computing.  Within Computing there are three strands:
  • Computer Science is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed.
  • Information technology deals with applying computer systems to solve real-world problems, for example,:finding things out; exchanging and sharing information; and reviewing, modifying and evaluating work.
  • Digital Literacy & Citizenship deals with the skills enabling children to keep themselves safe and to be responsible digital citizens.

The focus of the new curriculum has moved towards programming and other aspects of computer science.  Computational thinking is important because it provides insights into many areas of the curriculum; it allows us to solve problems, design systems, and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.