IT & Computing

IT & Computing

Modern realisation is that Computation is not just about what computers do but something that nature has been doing for a very long time! 

For example coded within DNA in an alphabet of inheritance are the instructions for the creation of life forms as well as the data that represents the forms of life to be produced.Computer scientists are interested in computational procedures for solving problems. These procedures called algorithms are at the core.

IT & Computing is a relatively new subject but one that is increasingly important as societies use and reliance of it grows. The digital revolution has begun and pupils must be equipped with the necessary skills to succeed and excel in workplaces that may not even exist yet. This is taught in Year 1 and 2 and includes computing skills such as programming, use of standard applications and digital world education...Why Computing? click here

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Year One and Two learning objectives

Hour of code...learn to code, it makes you think and it's not as hard as you think! Do these on your desktop or tablet.

Computational thinking

is a mind set for solving problems. Computational thinking means:

describing a problem succinctly

decomposition – breaking down problems to make them easier to solve

deciding whether a particular problem even has a solution

thinking algorithmically

deciding what parts of a problem are best solved by a machine and what parts by a human

thinking recursively

thinking in the abstract

reusing solutions

making generalisations

deciding when a solution is ‘good enough’

naming individual parts of a problem

accepting and dealing with uncertainty

scaling approaches to different situations

performance modelling

using machines to help us think like humans – not thinking like machines.

  Bill Gates

"I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user."

 Edsger Dijkstra
Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes."

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