#RethinkingICT PoS – KS2 “Digital Literacy”


My proposed Key Stage Two Programme of Study for ICT is nearing completion and if you have seen the wiki you will see that the idea behind it is to have a concise list of statements that link through to further information and supporting material. I have just begun to add the pages for each of the individual statements and this is what I have written so far:

1.a – “By the end of Key Stage 2 children should be able to confidently manage files and folders. They should be able to create, rename, copy, cut and paste files and folders. They should have an understanding of file types and sizes and should be able to manage different storage devices such as USB sticks and online ‘Cloud-based’ services such as Dropbox and Google Drive.”

1.b – “By the end of Key Stage Two children should be able to use a wide range of hardware and software and should be able to evaluate the requirements of a task and select which Digital Tool is the most appropriate. Children should be able to choose from a range of software and hardware in order to complete the task they have been set.”

1.c – “By the end of Key Stage Two children should understand some of the dangers of using the World Wide Web. They should have a clear understanding of e-Safety and the need for Acceptable Use Policies. They should understand what is covered by the term cyber-bullying and know how to respond if they find themselves a victim. Children should understand that information they find online cannot be guaranteed to be accurate and that they should be able to evaluate how trustworthy a site is. Children should understand copyright and know that they should always credit their sources when using information from the Web. The children should know how to use online tools such as blogging safely and responsibly and they should understand why some websites are for over 13’s only and respect these rules. Children should understand the dangers and risks that come from using social-networking sites and they should also have an understanding of the dangers of spam mail, malware and viruses.”

1.d – “By the end of Key Stage Two children should be able to confidently and efficiently search for information online. They should have an understanding of how online Search tools such as Google work. Children should be able to use databases and spreadsheets to sort, search and analyse data and be able to apply these skills in other subjects such as Science and Maths. They should be able to use data-logging technology to gather data and then present this information in a meaningful way. Children should understand the need for accuracy when inputting data and also have an understanding of computers interpret and work with the data they have been given.”

1.e – “By the end of Key Stage Two children should understand that computers can be used to create situations that may otherwise be impossible or dangerous to create in real-life and that computers can be used to alter factors that may affect a certain situation. Children should understand how computers can be used to create fantasy worlds in games or films or how they can be used to predict outcomes such as in weather forecasting. Children should be able to predict how the outcome may change when factors are changed, for example, using a spreadsheet to calculate a budget and then changing the cost of one item.”

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