Draft Version of the upcoming IT Curriculum for KS1-4

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The draft version of the upcoming IT Curriculum for KS1-4 was released during February. If you agree with us that teaching computer programming rather than general ICT skills is essential then the new IT curriculum looks really good:

The National Curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

 can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms, data representation, and communication

 can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems

 can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems

 are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

However, it will interesting to see what primary school teachers make of it … will they have the skills and knowledge to deliver the new programme of study … teaching algorithms to 5 year olds should be really fun!

Key Stage 1

Pupils should be taught to:

 understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following a sequence of instructions

 write and test simple programs

 use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs

 organise, store, manipulate and retrieve data in a range of digital formats

 communicate safely and respectfully online, keeping personal information private, and recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.

Key Stage 2

Pupils should be taught to:

 design and write programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts

 use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output; generate appropriate inputs and predicted outputs to test programs

 use logical reasoning to explain how a simple algorithm works and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs

 understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world-wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration

 describe how internet search engines find and store data; use search engines effectively; be discerning in evaluating digital content; respect individuals and intellectual property; use technology responsibly, securely and safely

 select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information

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