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ICT National Curriculum Level Descriptions
(from ICT in the NC for Wales document. See link in right hand column)

Level 1
  • Pupils explore, with support, different types of information held on ICT systems. 
  • They use ICT to move objects on-screen for a defined purpose and use words and pictures to communicate ideas. 
  • They use the internet/related technologies safely, with support. 
  • They are aware of ICT in their world. 
  • They recognise the different parts of a computer system. 

Level 2
  • Pupils consider, create and communicate information and ideas in different forms using text, images, pictures and sound. 
  • They find information from a given source using it to answer simple questions. 
  • Pupils enter information into a record with some assistance. 
  • They explore the effects of making changes in models or simulations. 
  • Pupils store and retrieve work with some assistance. 
  • They are aware of the use of ICT in the outside world. 

Level 3
  • Pupils begin to organise their tasks and use ICT to create, organise, amend and present information and ideas. 
  • They find information from a range of given sources and use ICT to search, sort and/or graph data to follow simple lines of enquiry. 
  • Pupils understand how changing one variable affects another in models or simulations. 
  • They store and retrieve work independently. 
  • Pupils send and receive information electronically, with support. 
  • They understand the use of a range of input and output devices. 

Level 4

  • Pupils broadly plan their tasks and combine a variety of information and media when creating and developing their ideas, with a sense of purpose and audience. 
  • They use ICT to select relevant information from a range of given sources, recognising that poor quality information and data yields unreliable results. 
  • Pupils begin to check the validity of data. 
  • They add and amend records in databases. 
  • They use ICT to explore patterns and relationships. 
  • They make simple predictions about how changing one variable affects another in models or simulations. 
  • They send and receive information electronically. 
  • Pupils discuss and begin to form opinions about some of the issues raised by the use of ICT and internet safety. 
  • They use the internet/related technologies safely in accordance with given guidelines.
  • Pupils manage their workspace effectively. 
  • They show an awareness of the basic functions of hardware and software. 

Level 5
  • Pupils plan their tasks for purpose and audience.
  • They combine a variety of information and media when creating, refining and developing their own ideas and information.
  • Their presentations are fit for purpose and meet the needs of their intended audience. 
  • They search for and select information from a range of sources, considering relevance, plausibility and accuracy.
  • Pupils create their own databases and search or sort on more than one field to follow particular lines of enquiry.
  • They create their own models or simulations and investigate the effect of changing data.
  • They use ICT to send and receive files electronically.
  • Pupils form opinions about issues raised by the use of ICT and are aware of dangers associated with misuse of the internet/related technologies.
  • They recognise the implications of using networks. 

Level 6

  • Pupils plan their tasks in detail for specific purposes and audiences. 
  • They use ICT to create and refine their work using information from a range of sources, recognising the need for different styles for different audiences. 
  • They use ICT to check accuracy and plausibility by comparing information from different sources, making choices to meet the needs of a specific purpose or audience. 
  • They use databases to follow complex lines of enquiry and draw conclusions. 
  • They use models or simulations of increasing complexity, vary the rules within them and test hypotheses. 
  • Pupils have opinions about issues raised by the use of ICT and know the dangers associated with misuse of the internet/related technologies. 

Level 7
  • Pupils plan independently for different purposes and audiences specifying resources and sources. 
  • They refine their choice of selected information to match the needs of a specific purpose or audience. 
  • Pupils identify the advantages and limitations of different applications and select and use suitable ICT facilities. 
  • They design a database making appropriate choices within a data-handling application, using its specialised functions. 
  • They design computer models and procedures, with variables, to meet specific needs. 
  • Pupils have informed opinions of legal and other issues raised by the use of ICT in the wider world. 
  • They use the internet/related technologies safely and independently. 

Level 8
  • Pupils plan independently for a specific purpose and refine in the light of development.
  • They make informed judgements on selected information, evaluating its plausibility, accuracy and relevance to purpose and audience. 
  • Pupils design and implement ICT systems for others to use. 
  • They create presentations for others to meet specific requirements. 
  • They discuss in an informed way the social, economic, ethical and moral issues raised by ICT. 

Exceptional Performance

  • Pupils evaluate software packages and complex computer models, analysing the situation for which they were developed and assess their efficiency, ease of use and appropriateness, suggesting possible refinements. 
  • Pupils design, implement and document systems for others to use, predicting some of the consequences that could arise in use. 
  • When discussing their own and others’ use of ICT, they relate their understanding of the technical features of information systems to an appreciation of how those systems affect wider social, economic, ethical and moral issues.


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