Year 3 Computing

National Curriculum Expectations for the end of Key Stage 2:

Children should be able to:

design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts

use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output

use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs

understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration

use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content

select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information

use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.


At Gayton, by the end of Year 3, the expectation is that children will be able to:

  • complete a sequence of learning based upon coding in order to provide a foundation for further coding in Y4
  • use sequences and selection in order to develop their coding skills
  • apply basic typing skills
  • develop their digital presenting skills
  • identify errors and problems in their work
  • understand what algorithms are and can articulate what computer coding is in basic terms
  • use and access the World Wide Web and the school’s internal computer network
  • evaluate digital content both in terms of quality and validity