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Gasps of excitement ripple across the classroom, as the children at Launcelot school in south London try to work out the string of commands that Joe used to create their own virtual battles.This is no special class – it is a scene being recreated across England, which in September became the first major world economy to make coding a compulsory subject for children in publicly funded schools from the age of 5 .The government overhauled the computing curriculum after industry figures warned that children were not learning the skills they needed to compete in the 21st century.For many people, the word coding conjures up nightmarish images of lines and lines of text on a computer screen, written by hunched figures typing furiously.The government has now replaced the old computing curriculum, with its focus on word processing and spreadsheets, with one that gives children an understanding of how computers work.
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