Programme of Study

This is the First Draft of the KS3 Programme of Study for ICT


If something appears to be missing from this list of statements please refer back to the KS2 page to see if it is covered there. If not then tweet me your suggestions @chrisleach78

// Thanks to @rossdotparker for his input in this section

Key Stage Three

Year 7 | Year 8

Knowledge, Skills and Understanding

1. Digital Literacy
  • Pupils should:
  • a) understand how data is represented and the difference between file formats and be able to convert files from one format to another.
  • b) be able to select and use a combination of Digital Tools in order to achieve the desired outcome
  • c) understand how to manage their Digital Footprint and online identity safely and responsibly (e-Safety)
  • d) learn about Creative Commons and understand the issues of copyright, intellectual property and the need to credit sources
  • e) understand Open Source

2. Digital Creativity (Digital Authoring)
  • Pupils should:
  • a) be able to carry out audience research, gather and analyse audience feedback and then present their final product to the audience
  • b) learn how to program in at least two different programming languages
  • c) learn how to plan, design, create and evaluate Digital Artefacts that work across multiple platforms and involve multiple devices
  • d) be able to take responsibility for their input into a project whether it be an independent or group project

3. Digital Technology
  • Pupils should:
  • a) learn how different computer networks work.
  • b) should be able to de-construct existing technologies and then recombine to create something new.
  • c) learn how key algorithms work (sort and search)
  • d) be able to identify and describe some of the major developments and pioneers in the history of ICT.
  • e) be able to predict technology that may be developed in the next 10 years.

4. Digital Society
  • Pupils should:
  • a) learn about Big Data and its impact on society
  • b) learn about the legal, moral and ethical implications of using Social Media
  • c) understand the environmental issues relating to the manufacture and disposal of ICT
  • d) be able to consider the impact large corporations such as Microsoft, Google and Apple have on society around the world.
  • e) understand the need for encryption, data protection and password security and also be able to discuss the wider implications of encryption

5. Breadth of Study

  • During the key stage, pupils should be taught the Knowledge, skills and understanding through:
  • a) working with a wide range of Digital Tools
  • b) being given the freedom and opportunities to 'tinker'
  • c) investigating and exploring uses of ICT inside and outside of school