The 2014 national curriculum introduces a new subject, computing, which replaces ICT. 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 and processes within three main areas - Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy.
In Key Stage 1, children begin to learn about algorithms (sets of instructions), what they are and how they can be used in programs on digital devices. They will create simple programs, including learning how to debug a program (work out what has not worked and change the program to make it work). Children will continue to use technology across all curriculum areas, learning how to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve this digital information. Children will also continue to learn about how to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private and knowing who or where to got to when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet.
In Key Stage 2, children will build on their previous learning in computing by designing programs that will accomplish specific goals; using sequence, selection and repetition to find solutions to problems; use their reasoning skills to explain how things work and make corrections when things go wrong. Children will learn about computer networks, including the internet, and how they can provide multiple services like the World Wide Web. They will continue to understand how to stay safe when using technology, knowing how to recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour and identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
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