Computing is the new ICT and can be divided into 3 areas: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy (which includes E-Safety). Computer science is the science that deals with the theory and methods of processing information in digital computers, the design of computer hardware and software, the applications of computers and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Digital literacy is the combination of skills, knowledge and understanding that young people need to learn in order to participate fully and safely in an increasingly digital world. It builds the capabilities for an individual to live, learn and work in a digital society– able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology. Information technology is the technology involving the development, maintenance, and use of computer systems, software, and networks for the processing and distribution of data.
At Hebburn Lakes we see Computing as an integral part of all areas of learning and believe that high quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. When children learn computing, they are thinking about thinking. About how thinking works. We teach them that you have to try to imagine how this computer is going to do something for you. At primary level, it helps children to be articulate and think logically: when they start breaking down what’s happening, they can start predicting what’s going to happen. It’s about looking around you almost like an engineer at how things are constructed.
Lots of children access apps and websites when not with parents. South Tyneside has produced an information file to explain the pro and cons of the most used apps.
This is the guidance given by the Government for the Primary National Computing Curriculum.
At Hebburn Lakes this guidance is expanded into the following 5 areas that we teach to our children