Computing

Aims

The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

    • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
    • 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
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
    • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
    • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
Key Stage 2

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
    • use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
    • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
    • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

Year 1

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Year 2

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Year 3

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Year 4

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Year 5

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Year 6

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