From September 2014, the curriculum previously known as ICT, changed to ‘Computing’.

The purpose of the new curriculum is to have “a high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Buildings on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing 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. “ (National Curriculum 2014).

We encourage children to play with programmable toys, such as remote cars, bee bots and pro-bots. In school, these will be used form foundation stage right through to lower key stage 2. Children will have a real awareness of e-safety and the reasons why it is imperative that they learn how to stay safe when using and accessing the Internet.

Using Laptops

Vocabulary Explained

Algorithm: A precise step-by-step method of solving a problem
Computational thinking: The ability to analyse and solve problems using appropriate algorithms and data
Debug: To find and change errors in code
Function: A section of code responsible for particular actions or responses
Programming: A sequence of instructions using programming language
Blog: A blog (short for web log) is a type of easy-to- maintain website, usually like an online diary, where the blogger publishes comments and discussions using a selection of templates
Cookie: A cookie is a small file that is sent to a web browser by a server and stored on the user's computer. It can then be read by the server every time the user revisits the same website and is used to keep track of personal preferences, shopping choices and other information
Filter: A means of preventing certain types of material from reaching your computer. Our filters are provided by RM at their data centre in Dudley
Firewall: A program that can protect your computer from being accessed when you're online. Our firewalls are provided by RM
• IP: Internet Protocol address. Every computer connected to the internet is assigned a unique number known as an internet Protocol (IP) address.

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