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Why computing?

Originally the DSH lessons were focused on the teaching of ICT. The experience in the DSH confirms that KS2 pupils are often far more capable than the existing ICT curriculum allows for. Although functional ICT skills are important, if we expect pupils to become independent learners, evaluators and designers of new technologies then it is important that they have a clear understanding of the computing principles and concepts that underpin these technologies.
 
How is Computer Science different to ICT?
Computing is a STEM subject
It is often said that Computer Science is the silent ‘C’ in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and the DSH believes that Computer Science should be treated on equal status with the other STEM subjects.  
 
The DSH believes that actually there is a second and ‘more’ silent ‘C’ in STEM, it is Creativity. Creativity is going to be equally as important to pupils in their future use of, and designing of, new technologies. This combination of Creativity and Computing is going to be critical to the UK economy in the 21st Century!
 
Computing without computers
The DSH accelerated learning model enables the teaching of KS3 and KS4 concepts to key stage 2 pupils. This is achieved by challenging their perceptions and their expectations when working in an ICT suite, with Computer Science concepts being taught (wherever possible) without the use of computers and related to pupils existing ‘real world’ understanding. If this approach to teaching Computer Science interests you, The Digital Schoolhouse would recommend that you vist the CS Unplugged website that contain lots of clear, fun and free resources to download.
 
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