The new computing curriculum- are teachers and parents ready for the challenge?

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30 September 2014

‘Computing’ as a subject has been introduced to children as young as five in the new school curriculum.

New start
The new curriculum reflects progression in technology, aiming to give children valuable skills for their survival in the digital world. What are potentially a future generation of IT pioneers will be sat in classrooms learning about computer science and coding languages.

In today’s tech saturated world, it’s simply not enough to just be able to search the internet, or type up a document on Word. So many career paths require more than an intermediate level of IT literacy. A lot of individuals have found it difficult to adopt IT skills in later life, which is why introducing core skills at a young age is so vital.

How systems work
Under the new umbrella subject of ‘Computing’, children will be taught how computers and computer systems work, which will encourage computational thinking . With lessons focusing on areas such as programming, children will see how their skills can be used to actually make systems work.

The issue that several teachers and educational specialists face is whether they themselves are prepared, or even knowledgeable enough to teach the subject. A vast majority of teachers won’t have grown up in the digital age, and will have learnt IT skills in later life.

Learning for all
A range of resources have been created in order to support teaching of Computing as a subject, including information packs, games and interdisciplinary projects. The core message of the initiative is that it is a learning experience for all: for teachers, for students and for parents.

Some useful links :

BBC Bitesize

Code Academy

Guardian article

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