#RethinkingICT Programme of Study for KS3


I am currently looking at my version of the Programme of Study for ICT at KS3.

Here is the current version of the KS2 PoS and the intention is simply to tweak each statement so it is suitable for KS3. If you have any thoughts or suggestions on what these statements should be please let me know by leaving a comment below. All contributions will be credited when the #RethinkingICT Programme of Study is complete.

So far I have made one adjustment and that is to include Big Data in the Digital Society section.

Knowledge, Skills and Understanding

1. Digital Literacy

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

2. Digital Creativity (Digital Authoring)

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

3. Digital Technology

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

4. Digital Society

  • Pupils should:
  • a) learn about Big Data and its impact on society
  • b) learn about some of the ethical, legal and political issues relating to ICT.
  • c) understand some of the environmental issues relating to ICT.
  • d) be able 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

One thought on “#RethinkingICT Programme of Study for KS3

  1. Chris, this post was the tipping point for me as I work out how to revamp assessment of my ICT courses. Some pieces were in place, but this somehow sparked a fire which raged all night. Come morning, I now have a plan, which I will share with you once I have put it down in bits.

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