When planning and teaching computing at Trawden Forest, we believe that it is an essential part of the curriculum; a subject that not only stands alone but is woven and should be an integral part of all learning. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. Computing, in general, is a significant part of everyone’s daily life and children should be at the forefront of new technology, with a thirst for learning what is out there. Computing within schools can therefore provide a wealth of learning opportunities and transferrable skills explicitly within the Computing lesson and across other curriculum subjects.
Through the study of Computing, children will be able to develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that will actually equip them for the rest of their life. Computers and technology are such a part of everyday life that our children would be at a disadvantage would they not be exposed to a thorough and robust Computing curriculum. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Data and digital technologies promise revolutionary transformational changes across the full range of industry sectors and spheres of life. This unprecedented digital revolution will impact everyone. It will have extraordinary implications on the range of skills that today’s young people will require in every aspect of their lives. Computing education must enable young people to continue to keep up with the pace of technological change so that they can remain effective, well-informed and safe citizens. However, our evidence shows that computing education across the UK is patchy and fragile. Neglecting the opportunities to act would risk damaging both the education of future generations and our economic prosperity as a nation (The Royal Society, 2017)
Computing in Action