I am starting to think about the 2014 new curriculum and have downloaded the PDF file here:
As far as I can tell its just related to Programming - Nothing about MS Office and Office Skills or learning Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Publisher etc... although the descriptions seem a bit cryptic rather than specific, although this may also be something to do with this paragraph:
"The new national curriculum will set out only the essential knowledge that all children should acquire, and give schools and teachers more freedom to decide how to teach this most effectively and to design a wider school curriculum that best meets the needs of their pupils."
So I guess Bee Bots, Scratch, Kodu, Python and Raspberry PI are the way forward.
But am I right in thinking MS Office skills will no longer need to be taught, or is that another part of the new curriculum which I have missed?
With the school now having new equipment iPads and Laptops, with BETT next month it would be good to go there to concentrate on what is needed to cover the new curriculum. I expect there are other subjects where ICT could be used with the new curriculum, and it would be good to identify those so nothing is missed.
Reading https://www.gov.uk/government/upload..._11-9-13_2.pdf So far I have identified:
Page 100: Mathematics
"Information and communication technology (ICT)
Calculators should not be used as a substitute for good written and mental arithmetic.
They should therefore only be introduced near the end of key stage 2 to support pupils
conceptual understanding and exploration of more complex number problems, if written
and mental arithmetic are secure. In both primary and secondary schools, teachers should
use their judgement about when ICT tools should be used."
Page 125: Geometry – position and direction
Notes and guidance (non-statutory)
Pupils draw a pair of axes in one quadrant, with equal scales and integer labels. They
read, write and use pairs of coordinates, for example (2, 5), including using coordinate-plotting ICT tools.
Page 182: KS2 Design and Technology: Design
generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated
sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design
And that is all I can find.
I would appreciate any thoughts and any further discussion regarding the new curriculum.
My understanding is that ICT will become whole curriculum so in maths, literacy, topic etc.. IT resources and old core skills (word processing, presenting, editing, etc...) support other work and Computing is the more discrete specialist lesson where skills are taught.
This reminds me of the old BBC Micro and Acorn computers :-)
Last edited by DocHouse; 17th December 2013 at 06:30 AM.
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