Friday, 18 October 2013

The new computing programme of study for KS1 and KS2

A high quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world"

Have you read this before?

Do you recognise the document from which this quote is taken?

It's actually the first sentence in the new computing programme of study for KS1 and KS2 to be implemented in maintained schools by September 2014!

It challenges us all to understand what is meant by computational thinking.

According to Jeanette Wing, Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, computational thinking involves answering these questions:

     What is the problem we are trying to solve?
     What's the best way to solve it?
     How do I break the problem down into smaller parts?
     Can I develop a step by step strategy to solve the problem?
     Can I see any patterns, similarities or differences that will lead to a solution?
     Is the solution I've found efficient?
     Have I avoided over complicating my solution?

In short, it is a set of problem solving skills and techniques that pupils will utilise throughout life along with their literacy and numeracy skills. The challenge for us is to devise strategies to create a generation of confident problem solvers with the determination to succeed combined with the resilience needed to overcome difficulties.

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