KS2 ICT Programme of Study #RethinkingICT

Here is my suggestion for an updated ICT Programme of Study for Key Stage 2

Knowledge, Skills and Understanding

1. Digital Literacy

  • Pupils should learn:
  • a) how to manage their files and folders (Digital Artefacts) including ‘on the Cloud’.
  • b) how to use a wider range of Digital Tools (than in KS1).
  • c) to understand the rights and responsibilities of using Digital Tools for communication, production and research.
  • d) how to collect, sort, search, evaluate, analyse, verify and validate data.
  • e) that computers can be used to simulate different scenarios.

2. Digital Creativity (Digital Authoring)

  • Pupils should learn:
  • a) how to evaluate the needs of an audience and to design appropriately
  • b) how to plan, test and program a series of instructions in order to produce a desired outcome
  • c) how to plan, design, create and evaluate Digital Artefacts
  • d) to be equally proficient working independently or as part of a team.

3. Digital Technology

  • Pupils should learn:
  • a) the fundamentals of how Digital Technologies work
  • b) to be able to use Digital Technology safely, securely and deal with technical problems as they occur.
  • c) to design, build and program simple Digital Technologies i.e. robots
  • d) about the evolution of Digital Technology and about the pioneers of ICT.
  • e) to consider how digital technology may change in the future.

4. Digital Society

  • Pupils should learn:
  • a) how ICT is used outside of school.
  • b) about ethical, legal and political issues relating to ICT
  • c) to understand environmental issues relating to ICT
  • d) to consider the impact ICT has had on society around the world.

5. Breadth of Study

  • During the key stage, pupils should be taught the Knowledge, skills and understanding through:
  • a) working with a wide range of Digital Tools
  • b) being given the freedom and opportunities to ‘tinker
  • c) investigating and exploring uses of ICT inside and outside of school

6 thoughts on “KS2 ICT Programme of Study #RethinkingICT

    1. I am using the term DIgital Artefacts (courtesy of NAACE) as a bit of a catch-all term and so a piece of music created digitally would be considered a Digital Artefact. The term Digital Tools is also deliberately broad to encompass any software or hardware that might be used.

      Digital Music is also something I hope our music department would actually cover instead of it being something specified in the ICT planning.

      1. Understood. We had a discussion about this recently and the concensus was it should stay in ICT. We will go as far as Dance Ejay with this in our school for now but I can see a recording studio looming!!!

  1. Really like this! Is it important that we teach redundancy? That skills are transferable regardless of the platform – I’m thinking that layout skills apply in many situations?

    What about appropriateness of tools- hardware and software? Perhaps these are both covered in one of your headings ?

  2. Hi Jo, thanks for the comment. I think statement 1.b can be expanded slightly – “to use a wide range of Digital Tools and be able to select the appropriate tool for a specific task” or similar.

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