When the new curriculum was introduced, there was a move away from learning how to use ready-made programs towards learning about how things work and creating your own programs.
During Key Stage 1, the children are taught lots of new terminology. They create their own simple programs by constructing a set of instructions for the program to follow, called ‘algorithms’. Children learn how to fix errors in their simple programs using newly acquired skills - debugging and logical reasoning. They also learn about the importance of e-safety and how to use technology safely and respectfully.
During Key Stage 2, they build on all of the vocabulary and skills that they have acquired, making more complex programs. The children will become more knowledge on how the internet works and how it can be used as an opportunity for communication and collaboration. They will design and create a range of programs, systems and content that will accomplish specific goals, using a variety of different software, making them more ready for the technology world that is emerging. The children will learn about the dangers of technology, how to use it responsibly and how to report any concerns they may have.
Please see the document below for a glossary of terms.