Computing in the new national curriculum
What was known as ‘ICT’ in the old curriculum has now become ‘Computing’ in the new curriculum. A high quality computing education equips pupils with the skills and knowledge to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with maths, science, and design technology. The main focus in the computing curriculum is computer science, in which pupils are taught how digital systems work and then how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this, pupils are equipped with the knowledge and skills to create programmes and systems. Computing also ensures that children become digitally literate – able to use and develop their ideas through information and communication technology – at a level suitable for a future workplace and as active participants in the digital world.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Understand and can apply the main principles and concepts of computer science.
- Can analyse problems and have experience in writing computer programmes to solve these problems.
- Can evaluate and apply information technology including new and unfamiliar technologies.
- Are responsible, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.