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If you’re looking for some tips to get you started as a Computing teacher or subject lead, take a look at the CAS Secondary main page.

Key Stage 3 (commonly abbreviated as KS3) refers to the three years of schooling in maintained schools in England and Wales normally known as Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9, when pupils are aged between 11 and 14.

Computing at key stage 3 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.

Pupils will arrive at KS3 with differing knowledge and experiences of computing, so early assessment and intervention may be needed. KS3 is a stepping stone for future qualifications and careers. Planning needs to cover all parts of the curriculum in sufficient depth so that pupils can make informed choices about their future.

As pupils move through KS3, planning should take account of the fact that many computing concepts take time to master. Computational thinking and programming must be practised and key ideas, such as algorithmic problem solving, need to be revisited again and again. (“Computing in the national curriculum - A guide for secondary teachers”)

You can download the full guide here: Computing in the national curriculum - a guide for secondary teachers.

For curriculum information from the devolved nations, please see the links below:

KS2 to KS3 transition

The Quick Start Primary to Secondary Transition guide provides a walk through of the subject knowledge content as well as lots of practical suggestions for teaching these topics. There are also links to some of the best resources, activities and references that are freely available for each topic.

The Bebras Computing Challenge is a competition to discover aptitude in computational thinking. Register a whole year group to encourage engagement in computational problem solving.

Resources - Here you will find resources produced by CAS community members to support the teaching of computing to 11-13 year olds. All are free to download! Happy browsing!

Featured/Popular Resources for KS3

Check out the KS2 page for resources to support transition to KS3.