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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
Here you will find resources produced by CAS community members to support the teaching of computing to 7-11 year olds.
- Computing in the national curriculum - a guide for primary teachers
- Barefoot Computing
- Code Club
- Active Minds and Bodies videos
- Quick Start Primary Guide
- NCCE Teach computing curriculum
- Oak Academy lessons
- National reports and policy documents from the last three years