Education – Computing and Programming

The National Curriculum now includes computing AND programming for children from Key Stage 1. (Year 1 – infant school)

This is taken from the (click the link to read more) National curriculum in England: computing programmes of study. 

Key stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

  • understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions

  • create and debug simple programs

  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs

  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content

  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school

  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies

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This means that in another decade the over-18’s will have been educated in programming! Awesome! A great way to extend that knowledge, and stand-out later on in life is to get started in Arduino or a similar graphical programming language. It’s fairly easy to get started and there are lots of free guides, learning centres and videos to help. You won’t need to spend much.

Here is a blog which is full of Arduino/eblock projects in which you will learn programming, and some electronics. A fantastic way to enhance your skills for your career whilst having fun making games.

 


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