Welcome to CAS Home Learning!
The Computing at School community is all about teachers, helping teachers. However we also recognise the important role parents often play in their children’s learning, whether that’s extra-curricular activities, homeschooling or helping with home learning in exceptional circumstances. To support parents with teaching Computing, we have worked with teachers from across our community to bring together guidance, useful links and resources for all key stages. We’ll continue to develop these materials and appreciate any feedback you have for improvements or things you found helpful.
What is Computing and why is it so important?
Computing, Digital, Tech, IT, Computer Science – whatever you like to call it, Computing is everywhere! From music and media, to sport, fashion and health, computing is part of every aspect of life. A basic understanding will help your children take advantage of lots of great opportunities. We believe that Computing is just as important for children to learn as subjects like Maths or Science.
Choosing to study Computing can also help boost your child’s career options, opening a world of possibilities for their future! Nearly every job needs some aspect of Computing.
Computing opens up new ways of thinking - and is a powerful tool to help solve problems. It is helping to tackle the world’s biggest issues, like climate change and health, improving and saving lives around the World.
Find out more by reading our “Why study computing at school?” leaflet which outlines possible job roles and career pathways for this exciting subject area.
The computing curriculum is often considered to consist of three strands - Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology. There is significant cross-over between the three strands, particularly the Information Technology and Digital Literacy elements, with topics relating to these areas being taught together.
What is Computer Science?
Computer science is about solving problems and making things better. It will allow children to explore how software and hardware can be used to fix problems in science, business and society as they learn about design and development. There is also an important human side to computer science, as computers fix problems to help people. And, because computers can affect almost every aspect of our lives, there are career opportunities in all areas of industry: from cyber security as a software developer, health as an informatician, to more creative fields - like game development, graphic design, or digital journalism, sport performance or fashion design.
What is Digital Literacy?
The general ability to use computers, including using digital technology effectively and for a purpose when creating content. Being digitally literate helps children to use technology safely and responsibly, and to know how to report inappropriate online behaviour and content.
What is Information Technology?
Information technology is concerned with how systems and applications can be used and combined to solve problems and complete tasks.