Cyprus – New curriculum for development of digital skills in primary schools

  • Awareness
  • 07/11/2019
  • Cyprus Safer Internet Centre

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth of Cyprus introduced a new curriculum for new technologies, at years 5 and 6 of primary education. It consists in a separate subject, developing a subject module called "Health Education – Home Economics / Design and Technology – New Technologies". This addition is expected to strengthen the mainstreaming of digital skills in all school subjects.

The subject "New Technologies" (Development of digital technologies for learning) is covered in 16 teaching periods in year 5 and 16 teaching periods in year 6, and it includes three modules:

  • Computational thinking
  • Digital skills
  • Digital competence

The module which cultivates students' digital competences will be embedded in four teaching periods in year 5 (Cyberbullying / Video – Online Games) and four teaching periods in year 6 (Information – Misinformation / Personal Data and Digital Identity).

Poster for the Cyprus new curriculum for digital compentences

The Cyprus Safer Internet Centre (SIC) was tasked with developing the four learning modules into learning suggestions containing further analysis of the new curriculum's objectives and indicators, analysis and planning of activities for each module, and development of supporting materials. To develop learning suggestions, the planning team analysed the activities utilising digital tools and materials and aligning each activity with the relevant learning objectives and expected learning products. At the same time, taking into account the role of the teacher and the student, the SIC monitored the whole process to aid the formative and final assessment.

You can find the new curriculum for digital competences and the learning suggestions on the website of the Cyprus SIC.

Find out more information about the work of the Cyprus Safer Internet Centre (SIC) generally, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.

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