Digi Explorers - Key Stage 1 - NCC Education

Digi Explorers – Key Stage 1

NCC Education’s Digi-Explorers:

  • is suitable for candidates at Key Stage 1 of the English national curriculum (ages 5–7), as well as older (including adult) learners
  • introduces students to key concepts of digital citizenship and online safety – this means that candidates will gain the core skills and understanding of the online world which will allow them to become safe and responsible members of online communities
  • prepares candidates to be part of their country’s next generation of digital innovators – Digi-Explorers not only helps to prepare candidates to become critical consumers of hardware and software but also allows them to gain the basic knowledge required to write and test simple programs, which will lay the foundation for them to become active producers of new and innovative software
  • provides teachers with a fresh and innovative syllabus containing all the concepts, activities and resources to be able to deliver with confidence the new programming elements of the English national curriculum
  • is quality assured by a UK awarding body with considerable expertise in providing high‑quality IT/Computing qualifications and programmes
  • sits within NCC Education’s well-established suite of IT and Business qualifications, which are recognised and valued by employers and universities worldwide has the following key syllabus features designed by UK teaching specialists to aid effective candidate preparation: key terminology, warm up activities, core activities, cross-curricular links and resources.

The Digi-Explorers syllabus and assessment is suitable for candidates aged 5–7 (at Key Stage 1 of the English national curriculum) as well as older (including adult) learners.

It is expected that candidates who are non-native English speakers are able to cope with the demands of preparing for and taking the Digi-Explorers assessment in English.

The Digi-Explorers syllabus contains the following topics, topic sections and Learning Outcomes. Syllabus topics may be covered in any order (as best suits the requirements of the candidates and their wider curriculum) but the suggested snowball activity assumes that the order presented below is followed.

Topic Topic Section Learning Outcomes
Digital Citizenship
  • Working with technology safely and respectfully
  • Working with the World Wide Web
  • Technology beyond school
  • Understand how to be safe and respectful online
  • Understand how the World Wide Web can be used as a tool for research. Use a web browser to view and navigate web pages
  • Identify ways that technology is used outside school
Digital Design and Creation
  • Working with digital images
  • Working with video animation
  • Working with sound
  • Capture still and moving images. Use tools in paint packages to draw an image to convey meaning
  • Use captured images to make an animation
  • Use recorded sound files to communicate meaning
Presenting Information
  • Working with text
  • Working with digital presentations
  • Use a range of text input devices effectively.
  • Use text, images and sound to create simple linear presentations for a purpose
  • Present information clearly and appropriately using a range of tools
Snowball Activity
Handling Data
  • Working with data
  • Sort data in a range of ways to ask and answer simple questions
  • Working with algorithms
  • Working to create and debug programs
  • Understand the need for precise instructions to implement an algorithm. Recognise the actions that will result from a sequence of instructions
  • Devise simple programs. Predict what will happen if changes are made

Digi-Explorers is assessed by a single two-part examination once candidates have completed their preparation. This single examination consists of a written theory component and a practical component. All learning outcomes are satisfied by this single examination.

The single examination’s theoretical and practical component can be delivered independently to enable more flexible delivery (for ease of timetabling) and to provide candidates with the opportunity to engage with the assessment in two short sessions, to aid their concentration.

In addition, guidance is provided for a mid-point snowball activity, to be developed and delivered by teachers. This can be used as a ‘mini-project progress check’, a formative tool for delivering the remaining part of the candidates’ preparation or even as a diagnostic tool to assess candidate suitability for entry at a specific level. Please note that snowball activities are not managed or assessed in any way by NCC Education.

The written theoretical component of the single examination comprises multiple-choice questions (Part A) and a number of more specialised multi-part questions (Part B), linked to the qualification’s Learning Outcomes. The practical component (Part C) will require candidates to complete one or more tasks. The three parts of the assessment will allow candidates to demonstrate that they have met the qualification’s Learning Outcomes – in other words, that they can successfully demonstrate their knowledge and comprehension of the subject matter in addition to computational problem-solving and practical skills.

View a Sample Assessment  here.

View a Sample Mark Scheme here.