Computing Year Group Objectives

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Computing Year Group Objectives

Year 1

Control Systems

Understand what algorithms are

Create simple programmes

Information Technology

Use technology to create content

Use technology to store digital content

Use a mouse or trackpad effectively to navigate websites

Save and reopen work on a digital device

Digital Literacy

Use technology safely

Log on to a computer

Keep personal information private

Recognise common uses of technology beyond school

Year 2

Control Systems

Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of programmes

Debug simple programmes

Understand that algorithms are implemented as programmes on digital devices

Understand that programmes run by following precise instructions

Information Technology

Use technology to organise digital content

Use technology to create, communicate and collaborate

Use ICT to source, generate and amend images

Begin to change or enhance photographs and pictures (crop, recolour)

Create a simple animation using still images

Take digital photographs and record video

Use software to explore sound and musical phrases

Discuss and explore how to use ICT to organise, present and understand data as a simple graph

Digital Literacy

Use technology respectfully

Understand where/how to seek help when they have concerns about content

Year 3

Control Systems

Write programmes that create specific goals

Use sequence in programmes

Work with various forms of input and output

Information Technology

Use search technology to communicate effectively

Use technology to collect information

Use a database to retrieve information

Present data in a range of ways to convey information

Use technology to collaborate on a task

Edit digital content in response to feedback

Digital Literacy

Use technology responsibly

Identify a range of ways to share concerns about conduct

Recognise the benefits and risks of different apps and websites

Understand the importance of a  good password

Understand the dangers of spending too long online and the importance of regular screen breaks

Understand when to share personal information and when not to

Year 4

Control Systems

I can experiment with variables to control models

Design, write and debug programmes that perform specific goals

Use sequence, selection and  repetition in programs; work with variables

I can make accurate predictions about what I think will happen

Understand computer networks, e.g. the internet

Information Technology

I can select and use software to accomplish given goals

I can collect and present data in different ways

Design and create digital content for a specific purpose

I can evaluate and analyse information

I can use technology to collaborate in different ways

Use ICT to compose music or sounds including creating melodies

Storyboard and shoot a short stop motion animated sequence

Use a range of tools to edit and enhance media for particular effect

Digital Literacy

I recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour using technology

Compose emails

Know how to respond to unpleasant communications via texts, IM, email or chat rooms

Understand the opportunities technology offers for communication

Be discerning in evaluating digital content

Year 5

Control Systems

I can combine sequences of instructions to turn an external device on and off
Use logical reasoning to detect errors in algorithms
Understand how computer networks work including the internet
Use selection within programs

Information Technology

Understand how search results are ranked
Select and combine software on a range of devices
Generate, amend and combine visual media from different sources for a specific audience or task
Create a movie including still images and sound and add suitable titles and transitions
Capture/review different images, considering lighting, positioning and angle appropriate to a given task/audience
Understand the benefits of technology to collaborate with others
Use filters in a database to find out specific information
Recognise an audience when designing and creating digital content
Identify and use appropriate hardware and software to fulfil a specific task
Create different types of graphs and charts that are appropriate to the data I am using; use them to interpret and answer a specific question
Select and use suitable software and hardware to produce a multimedia soundtrack

Digital Literacy

Know where to find copyright free images and audio, and why this is important

Begin to question information based on author and location; recognise different viewpoints and the impact of incorrect data. 

Share and exchange ideas using emails/electronic communication respectfully.

Understand the issues of copyright and the importance of acknowledging sources. 

Understand that everything we do online leaves a digital footprint that can last forever.

Know what to do and who to contact if we see something that upsets / concerns us online.

Understand privacy settings and what pictures are appropriate to share online.

Discuss the benefits and dangers of communicating online/through different forms of technology.

Know the meaning of common website extensions (.org .net .Gov etc)

Understand what makes a strong password and why this is important at school and in the wider world

Year 6

Control Systems

I recognise that different solutions can exist for the same problem
Use logical reasoning to detect errors in algorithms
Combine a variable with relational operators (< = >) to determine when a program changes, e.g. if score > 5, say “well done”
Can design a physical computing system that uses sensors, e.g. using a flow chart
Refine a program based on end user feedback.
I can explore 'what if' questions by planning different scenarios for controlled devices

Information Technology

Appreciate how search results are ranked
Select and combine software on a range of devices
Collaborate with individuals and groups to create digital content for a specific purpose
Discuss and explore the use of ICT to sort, organise and classify objects based on their properties
Use ICT to create and modify charts quickly and easily
Create databases, retrieve information and draw conclusions based on results entered.
Find suitable images, video and sounds from appropriate sources, taking into account copyright issues
Remix and edit a range of media to create content
Use appropriate ICT resources to compose music or sounds to accompany a story
Choose appropriate hardware to capture and review a range of images, considering lighting, positioning, sound quality and angle

Digital Literacy

Critically evaluate websites for reliability of information/ bias and authenticity to include use of social media
Demonstrate responsible use of online services and technologies, and know a range of ways to report concerns
Understand the impact of an individual sending or uploading unkind or inappropriate content
I can produce formal or informal messages, appropriate to the task
Understand what ‘Plagiarism’ means and that it is important to acknowledge sources
Understand that not all information on the internet is legal to use or copy
Understand that we are all digital citizens and the potential impact and influence we can have on the outside world
Know the meaning of common website extensions (.org, .net, Gov etc) Identify secure servers (padlock such as internet banking)
Become increasingly savvy online consumers: know that algorithms are used to track online activities with a view to targeting advertising and information