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The DfE is conducting a review of the primary and secondary National Curriculum.
This site contains the statutory programmes of study for National Curriculum subjects which maintained schools must follow until a new curriculum is in place.

ICT key stage 1

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During key stage 1 pupils explore ICT and learn to use it confidently and with purpose to achieve specific outcomes. They start to use ICT to develop their ideas and record their creative work. They become familiar with hardware and software.

Note: The general teaching requirement for health and safety applies in this subject.

Knowledge, skills and understanding

Finding things out

1. Pupils should be taught how to:

  1. gather information from a variety of sources [for example, people, books, databases, CD-ROMs, videos and TV]
  2. enter and store information in a variety of forms [for example, storing information in a prepared database, saving work]
  3. retrieve information that has been stored [for example, using a CD-ROM, loading saved work].

Developing ideas and making things happen

2. Pupils should be taught:

  1. to use text, tables, images and sound to develop their ideas
  2. how to select from and add to information they have retrieved for particular purposes
  3. how to plan and give instructions to make things happen [for example, programming a floor turtle, placing instructions in the right order]
  4. to try things out and explore what happens in real and imaginary situations [for example, trying out different colours on an image, using an adventure game or simulation].

Exchanging and sharing information

3. Pupils should be taught:

  1. how to share their ideas by presenting information in a variety of forms [for example, text, images, tables, sounds]
  2. to present their completed work effectively [for example, for public display].

Reviewing, modifying and evaluating work as it progresses

4. Pupils should be taught to:

  1. review what they have done to help them develop their ideas
  2. describe the effects of their actions
  3. talk about what they might change in future work.

Explanatory text

Note for 1a

Cross reference to English

En2 Reading: Reading for information

2. Pupils should be taught to:

a. use the organisational features of non-fiction texts, including captions, illustrations, contents, index and chapters, to find information
b. understand that texts about the same topic may contain different information or present similar information in different ways  
c. use reference materials for different purposes

Note for 2a

Cross reference to mathematics

Ma2 Number: Processing, representing and interpreting data

5. Pupils should be taught to:

a. solve a relevant problem by using simple lists, tables and charts to sort, classify and organise information

Breadth of study

5. During the key stage, pupils should be taught the Knowledge, skills and understanding through:

  1. working with a range of information to investigate the different ways it can be presented [for example, information about the Sun presented as a poem, picture or sound pattern]
  2. exploring a variety of ICT tools [for example, floor turtle, word processing software, adventure game]
  3. talking about the uses of ICT inside and outside school.

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