You may remember taking ICT when you were in school. Computing is the new name for ICT and came into force in September 2014.
The purpose of the national curriculum for computing:
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to understand and change the world through logical thinking and creativity, including by making links with mathematics, science, and design and technology. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, and how digital systems work. Computing equips pupils to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of media. It also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
There is a bit more to it than just the above, but it does give you flavour of what we mean we talk about Computing.
The BBC has some great resources to help children and parents to understand the computing curriculum. Don’t forget our page on online safety which forms a big part of the computing curriculum as well. (disclaimer: We have no control over the content of external websites.)