From September 2014, the new subject of computing will be replacing ICT. This will provide children with a deeper understanding of how computer work and operate and will give children greater confidence in building life-long computer skills.
There will be three core strands to the new curriculum:
- Computer Science: The principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
- Information Technology: How to create programs, systems and a range of content.
- Digital Literacy: Children are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology.
The new curriculum will provide the skills for children to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.
Children who can think computationally are better able to conceptualise, understand and use computer-based technology, and so are better prepared for today’s world and the future.