Computing

 

The ICT department has developed a programme of study which reflects the transition to computing in the new National Curriculum. The scheme of work is modern, challenging and takes into account recent developments and current affairs in the subject. It also provides a firm foundation for pupils who return to main stream education.

New topics such as programming give pupils the opportunity to express their creativity and test their problem solving skills, as well as extend their learning independently.

Each year in Key Stage 3 pupils will study a number of distinct modules covering a variety of topics which will develop their technical understanding of computing. Pupils cover a wide-ranging programme of study which further develops skills learned at primary school as well as introducing a range of new ones.

Pupils will develop a knowledge and understanding of

  • Website development

  • Spreadsheets

  • Movie making and Animation

  • Fundamentals of computing

  • Practical use of Office applications

 

Pupils will also be educated in the wider social aspects of the subject, including how to use the internet safely. The curriculum is continually evolving as new technologies become available.

Throughout Key Stage 3, pupils will develop practical ICT and computing skills as well as team-work, communication, problem-solving, presentation skills and the ability to reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others.

In Year 7 pupils will study:

  • E-safety and cyber bullying

  • Health and safety in ICT

  • Spreadsheets

  • Databases

  • Multimedia design

  • Introduction to programming

 

Year 8 builds on the work in Year 7 and pupils will learn the following:

  • How computers work (computer hardware and software)

  • Website design

  • Use of ICT within the business environment

  • Developing programming skills

  • Databases

  • Computer animation and movie making

  • Emerging technologies

 

In Year 9 pupils are prepared for the Year 10 GCSE course by completing a set of projects which will allow them to acquire a range of skills and develop concepts including:

  • Evaluating and designing web applications

  • Producing and editing all types of media

  • Spreadsheet modelling

  • System design

  • Computer components

  • How software works

 

Research shows that 77% of roles today require some element of ICT. This means that many employers are looking for people who are digitally literate. We all think that we’re digitally literate; we can use Facebook and know how to tweet, but there’s much more to applying ICT in the workplace. Employers are looking for people who are able to operate technology whether that’s inputting data, using a computer-based till, or producing information on a spreadsheet or word processing document.

KS4 ICT GCSE

Board and Exam

 

Information and Communication Technology is offered at KS4. Students currently follow a course that will prepare them for a single award in GCSE ICT run by Edexcel.

Course Content

  • Personal digital devices

  • Connectivity

  • Operating online

  • Online goods and services

  • Online communities

  • Issues raised by the use of ICT

  • Research and information gathering Information

  • Modelling

  • Digital publishing

  • Evaluating outcomes

  • Working efficiently and safely

 

What students will learn: 

Students will learn how to explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society.

Learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move).

Develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts.

Learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice

 

How students are assessed:

The scheme of assessment for this course comprises of two units- 

Unit 1 – Living in the digital world, which is a written examination at the end of year 11 that is worth 60% of the total GCSE grade.

Unit 2 – Using Digital Tools, which comprises of practical assessments throughout the 2 year course duration worth 40% of the total GCSE grade

 

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