#RethinkingICT : Digital Literacy in KS1

Recently I have been working on the KS1 section of my #RethinkingICT Programme of Study. For those of you who have followed the development of the RethinkingICT PoS you will know I have split the curriculum into four strands:

  1. Digital Literacy
  2. Digital Creativity
  3. Digital Technology
  4. Digital Society

For each of the strands I have come up with a list of 4 or 5 statements and the idea of the RethinkingICT wiki is that these statements can then be expanded upon to provide more information and relevant resources. Today I have been working on the Digital Literacy strand at KS1 and you can read the explanations for each of the statements below…

Pupils should learn how to manage files and folders that they use regularly (Digital Artefacts)

“By the end of Key Stage 1 children should understand the structure of files, folders and drives. They should be able to save their work to the correct location and then be able to open those files at a later date. They should learn rules for naming their work so that it can be easily identified and they should be able to print their work when required.”

Pupils should be able to identify and use basic Digital Tools

“By the end of Key Stage One children should be familiar with common ICT equipment such as desktop PCs, laptops and tablets. They should be able to recognise and describe the basic components of a desktop PC (mouse, keyboard, monitor). They should recognise different forms of software such as a web browser, word processor of graphics package and be able to use these competently.”

Pupils should learn how to communicate safely and respectfully online.

“By the end of Key Stage One children should have experience of publishing work online. They should understand the need to keep certain information private and they should learn how to comment on other’s work politely and respectfully.”

Children should learn that information and data can be stored in a variety of different ways.

“By the end of Key Stage One children should understand that information can be saved onto a variety of different media such as hard drives, SD cards, USB sticks and CDs. Children should understand that all Digital Artefacts such as digital images, audio clips, typed documents are all examples of data and all take up space on a storage device.”

Children should learn that computers can be used to simulate different scenarios.

“By the end of Key Stage One children should understand that computers can be used to create situations that may not be possible in real life. This could include games in which the child plays a character in a fictional world. Children should also understand that computers allow us to try out different scenarios and enable us to predict what might happen if certain criteria are changed.”


As always I welcome and comments and feedback. These are all the first drafts for these statements and I am open to any suggestions on how they can be improved. I particularly feel that the statement regarding communicating online could be improved.


One thought on “#RethinkingICT : Digital Literacy in KS1

  1. Chris it looks really fab! Could the statement re communicating online say ‘know what is private information and that it should not be shared online and know how to stay safe online and what to do if they something happens or they meet someone online that makes them feel uncomfortable…

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