Introducing Computing

• Why… change from ICT?
• What… is Computing?
• Terminology bingo
• How… are we going to implement Computing?
Why… change from ICT?
• Since 1999, ICT in schools has focused on
developing pupils’ skills using programs,
such as Microsoft Office
• Such ‘learning using computers’ is very
different to ‘learning about computers’
• In 2011 Eric Schmidt, Google’s Executive
Chairman, explained he was
‘flabbergasted’ that Computer Science
wasn’t on National Curriculum and
England risked throwing away its great
‘computing heritage’.
Why… change from ICT?
• ‘Next Gen’ and Royal Society reports (Shut
down or restart?) called for rebranding of ICT
with increased focus on Computer Science
• Secretary of State for Education announced at
2012 BETT he would ‘disapply’ old ICT
programme of study
Why… change from ICT?
• British Computing Society and Royal Academy
of Engineering drafted new Computing
Programme of Study to be implemented from
September 2014
What… is Computing?
Computer Science
Digital Literacy
What… is Computing?
Key Stage 1
understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on
digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous
create and debug simple programs
use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve
digital content
Information Technology
use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; know
where to go for help and support when they have concerns about material on the
recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
Computer Science
What… is Computing?
Key Stage 2
design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including
controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them
into smaller parts
use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and
various forms of input and output
use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect
and correct errors in algorithms and programs
understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide
multiple services, such as the world-wide web; and the opportunities they offer for
communication and collaboration
use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and
ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; know a range of ways to report
concerns and inappropriate behaviour
select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a
range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing,
evaluating and presenting data and information.
Computer Science
Information Technology
Digital Literacy
Logical reasoning
Terminology bingo
A sequence of instructions
A sequence of instructions to perform a defined task
To adjust an algorithm or program when it isn’t functioning correctly
To think through the actions of an algorithm (used to predict an
When commands are activated based on a condition occurring
When sections of algorithms are repeated a fixed number of times or
A value in a game which can change (such as a score) Can be explained
as imaginary box which holds numbers.
How… are we going to implement
• - Scheme of
Work targeting the Computer Science
Elements of Computing
• Twitter @drchips_ @compatsch
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