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KS2 Computing


If you’re looking for some tips to get you started with teaching or leading Computing, check out the CAS Primary main page

Key Stage 2 (commonly abbreviated as KS2) refers to the four years of schooling in maintained schools in England and Wales normally known as Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 when pupils are aged between 7 and 11.

Computing at key stage 2 is part of the national curriculum and is made up of three key areas:

  • computer science,
  • digital literacy and
  • information technology

Each component is essential in preparing pupils to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

In key stage two, 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

(National curriculum in England - computing programmes of study)


Here you will find resources produced by CAS community members to support the teaching of computing to 7-11 year olds.

Suggested Resources

In addition there are many videos available on the Computing at School YouTube Channel "CAS TV" - KS2 Playlist

Community Events

Many of our communities are led by KS2 specialists, and you are very welcome to attend any of these. Please check out our events page for more information.

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