The new programme of study has now been published and was implemented in September 2014. One of the most significant changes was to replace the existing ICT curriculum with a new Computing curriculum which has a much stronger focus on programming and computational thinking at primary level.
The new curriculum puts a clearer emphasis on three areas of learning:
- Computer science – how computers work and how to write algorithms and solve problems to eventually create a computer program.
- Information technology – how data is represented and managed on computers.
- Digital literacy – how to understand digital information and interact with it safely and appropriately.
The aim of the new curriculum is to build an understanding of how computers work and how they can be used in pupils’ lives – both in their future employment and in enabling them to be good 21st Century global citizens.
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