Today I will be discussing the new national curriculum that will start in 2014, with reference to changes that could take place with teaching ICT.
As we are all aware the national curriculum is due to change. One of the changes that will be made is the fact that ICT will now be referred to as computing. At the moment the changes that have been suggested are not set in stone as only a draft of the national curriculum has been made public. The draft to the national curriculum has been made public. The draft to the national curriculum has been made public so that there can be a public consultation for the new national curriculum that will be implemented from the 1st September 2014. The public consultation of the document will last until 16th April 2013 and the new national curriculum will be released in autumn this year.
The purpose of study of computing is that computing education ensures that pupils become digitally literate, where they are able to use and express themselves by using a variety of different technology.
Here are some of the targets that are now to be met when teaching computing to children in both key stages 1 and 2.
Key stage 1: Pupils should be taught to:
– Understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following a sequence of instruction
– Write and test simple programs
– Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
– Organise, store, manipulate and retrieve data in a range of digital formats
– Communicate safely and respectfully online, keeping personal information private, and recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
Key Stage 2
Pupils should be taught to:
– Design and write 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; generate appropriate inputs and predicted outputs to test programs
– Use logical reasoning to explain how a simple algorithm works 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
– Describe how internet search engines find and store data; use search engines effectively; be discerning in evaluating digital content; respect individuals and intellectual property; use technology responsibly, securely and safely
– 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.
Here are the things that the children should be learning from computing in the draft for the new curriculum. In my opinion if something is not broken, then you shouldn’t try to fix it. Therefore I mean as the current curriculum works, they should have just left it alone.
Don’t get me wrong, I do like some of the changes that are planned in the draft. However some of the changes I think are too advanced especially for the age range they are suggesting, especially for key stage 1.
Everyone will have their own opinion of the draft for the national curriculum. I do understand that the national curriculum needs to change to fit in with todays world and technology and knowledge. It is my belief that the national curriculum only needs to be tweaked a little bit for September 2014. However it is not up to me, so I will just have to wait and see what the Government put in the final national Curriculum that will start in all schools in September 2014.
If you want to find out more I suggest that you read the draft of the national curriculum that can be found online. Is the new national curriculum better, you decide!