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Communication and the Internet
CS Subject Knowledge Requirements
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Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 3
Pupils should be taught:
Pupils should be taught:
a) how to save and retrieve files (
b) how to identify and use basic
how to use a web browser to find specific websites and navigate between pages
can be stored in a variety of different ways.
e) that computers offer the ability to try things out and explore.
learn how to manage their files and folders (
) including 'on the Cloud'.
learn how to use a wider range of
(than in KS1).
understand the rights and responsibilities of using
for communication, production and research.
learn how to collect, sort, search, evaluate, analyse, verify and validate
understand that computers can be used to
a) to understand file formats, conversion, file size etc
b) to select the
appropriate to the task.
"Digital literacy is the ability to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, and analyze information using digital technology. It involves a working knowledge of current high-technology, and an understanding of how it can be used. Further, digital literacy involves a consciousness of the technological forces that affect culture and human behavior. Digitally literate people can communicate and work more efficiently, especially with those who possess the same knowledge and skills."
From the Winchester House School ICT Handbook
"In a world in which computers play an increasingly important part in children’s everyday lives it is important for them to have an understanding of the most common functions and programs that they are likely to encounter. They need to develop the basic skills that will allow them to adapt to any new software and hardware that they may find themselves using.
The children we teach have never known a world without the Internet and therefore they need to understand how to use this amazingly powerful resource in a safe, responsible way. To become digitally literate our children need to understand the principles of e-safety as well as how to check the reliability of information they find online. They should understand the need to acknowledge their sources and respect copyright.
Digital literacy also covers the ability to use a wide range of ICT equipment such as digital cameras, microphones, scanners, printers etc. We want our children to be able to pick up a camera and be comfortable enough to be able to use it to take a picture and then transfer that picture to their PC. Children are exposed to such a wide range of technology these days and we want the children to be able to apply their skills and adapt to any new technology their encounter."
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