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Computer programming

Developing computational thinking helps students to better understand the world around them. Many of us happily drive a car without what goes on under the bonnet. So is it necessary for children to how to program computers? After all, some experts say coding is one of the human skills that will become as artificial intelligence grows.

Nevertheless, governments believe coding is an essential skill. Since 2014, the principles of computer programming have featured on England’s curriculum for children from the age of five or six, when they start primary school.

While not all children will become programmers, Mark Martin, a computing teacher at Sydenham High School, London, argues that they should learn to understand what computers work and try to solve problems as a computer might.