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    ICT (Computing) in the new National Curriculum

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    There are big changes in ICT, not least of which is the change in name from ICT to Computing. There is a big emphasis on selecting the right web content, combined with lessons on internet safety and how to report inappropriate content. The biggest change, though, is the attempt to create a new generation of programmers. In Year 1 pupils will have to know what an algorithm is so that by year six they can use two or more programming languages. 

    Below, we list the changes in each key stage and the best resources to deal with them:

    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 precise and unambiguous instructions
    • Create and debug simple programs.
    • Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.
    • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
    • Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; know where to go for help and support when they have concerns about material on the internet.
    • Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.

    Key Stage 2 (Lower and Upper)

    Pupils should be taught to:

    • Design, write and debug 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.
    • Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work 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.
    • 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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