As the kids go back to school this week, they will be greeted with a very different, and potentially more challenging, curriculum than what they were used to before they skipped out of the gates for their summer holidays.
The stereotypical IT lesson of playing around with PowerPoint presentations and mocking up spreadsheets on Excel seem to be a thing of the past.
Children as young as five years old will be taught how to programme, or ‘code’, from the beginning of this academic year.
These requirements below are now included in the key stage one (five to seven year olds) curriculum:
- Understand algorithms, how they are implemented as programmes on digital devices, and that programmes execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
- Create and debug simple programmes
- Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programmes
While some children that age may find this difficult, others are embracing it, like ten year old Max in this video:
Teaching code seems to be a massive step in the right direction. With the introduction of coding lessons it will make the next generation a lot more employable by having more knowledge of the technological advances around them.
As Max says in the video, it will allow youngsters to be a lot more creative in their IT lessons. It would have been a lot more stimulating to learn how to create an App when I was younger as opposed to changing the font colour in a Word document.
However with this change being thrust on over 160,000 primary school teachers, there may be a few teething issues with this new part of the curriculum in its introductory year. After all, many website developers spent 3 years at university learning how to code so the teaching staff are going to have to be on the ball if they’re going to be able to teach students how this is done.
That said, the next generation were born into the age of technology so we have no doubt that many will be naturals even from a very young age. We’re always keen to be involved with new blood and the upcoming developers – so I think we’ll need to start recruiting at school open days before long!
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