Computing Curriculum Masterclass
- secondary focus
Sue Sentance, Computing At School
Dan Gardner, Perins School, Hants
Zoe Ross, Yorston Lodge School, Cheshire
Our session today
Sue – background to Computing
Dan – experience of a teacher in
implementing the curriculum
Zoe – audience participation!
Frequently asked questions!!
How did Computing come to be in
Why is Computing important?
What do I need to teach?
Who are Computing at School?
What help is out there for me?
How did Computing
come to replace ICT in
the national curriculum?
Curriculum Change … the Milestones
Why is this emphasis on
1. Computer Science is a discipline
Teach disciplines as well as skills
• Principles, ideas
• Knowledge, laws
• Techniques, methods
• Broadly applicable
• Dates slowly
• Technology, artefacts
• Business processes
• Dates quickly
skills, metalwork, textiles
2. Computational thinking skills are generic
Can you decompose a task into sub-
Can you recognise patterns and then
Can you abstract out the important
elements of a situation to understand it?
(wood and trees)
Can you apply logic to problem solving?
4 Economic need
A recent UKCES report (Sept 2013)
“The digital sector will require nearly
300,000 new recruits by 2020 to maximise
its full potential. New roles will be created
that will require both deeper and more
specialised technical IT skills…at present, a
lack of specialist technical skills are
hampering growth in the sector”
Computer Science in the Computing curriculum
What students should be able to do:
computational thinking, abstraction,
modelling, design, problem solving,
What students should know:
languages, algorithms, data structures
and representation, architecture,
programs, communication and
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