This is a core text for trainee primary teachers. It is a guide to the teaching of computing and coding in primary schools, and an exploration of how children develop their computational thinking. It covers all areas of the National Curriculum for primary computing and offers insight into effective teaching.

An Introduction to the Computing Curriculum

An introduction to the computing curriculum

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this chapter you will have:

  • developed an introductory understanding of the computing curriculum;
  • considered the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to computing curriculum shift.

Teachers' Standards

A teacher must:

  • Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge:
    • demonstrate a critical understanding of developments in the subject and curriculum areas, and promote the value of scholarship.

Part Two. Personal and professional conduct:

  • teachers must have an understanding of, and always act within, the statutory frameworks which set out their professional duties and responsibilities.

(DfE, 2011)

Introduction

This chapter will introduce you to computing in the English primary phase curriculum. It will summarise the historical input of Information Technology (IT) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and position computing as ...

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