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.
The national curriculum subject of 'computing' covers many of the same areas as the previous subject, ICT (Information and Communications Technology), but places greater emphasis on the development of children's ability to write and debug programs. Children will therefore use a range of software, including programmable robots and specific coding software, to write programs of increasing complexity.
Appropriate emphasis is also placed on using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. Please see below for the most recent information on keeping safe online (from the meeting for parents in February 2016).