ICT

ICT

Aims of the ICT Department

To develop, maintain and stimulate an interest and enjoyment in the use of ICT software and equipment;

To develop appropriate ICT skills, principles, methods and terminology and the ability to communicate and interpret information and concepts relevant to computing;

To assess and monitor students’ progress and ensure progression and continuity in the acquisition of ICT skills;

To enable all pupils to have equal access to ICT and experience success in their work;

To use ICT to improve the learning experiences of all students, including those with learning difficulties or disabilities;

To encourage and allow students to adapt to the rapid technological changes in society;

To develop an awareness of social, economic and political consequences of the use of ICT for individuals and society;

Year 7

Course Description Units/Modules

Students in Year 7 will embark on the new Computing curriculum for 1 lesson per week where they will understand the fundamental aspects of this discipline including programming, digital literacy and information technology. Students will develop a strong awareness of their responsibilities as online citizens and will research and share their understanding of digital literacy. Students will learn and practice basic programming skills in a range of software including Scratch and Logo. Students will develop their logical ability and will create algorithms in spreadsheets and will gain an understanding of computer networks, hardware and software.

Student Grouping

Mixed ability groups

How it will be Assessed

Students will be assessed once per half term according to the School Policy. This will be based on their classwork, project work, homework or a specific ‘end of topic’ test at the end of each half term.

Homework

Homework will be set in accordance with the School Homework Policy.

How is the Course Taught

The course is taught using a range of different strategies including student led activities, group work, paired work and whole class interactive activities.

A range of practical activities will be undertaken by the pupils in order to develop their computational thinking ability as well as developing their skills and understanding of the units they learn in Year 8 Computing. The tasks are designed to engage pupils and ensure that all pupils’ needs are met whilst ensuring the content of the specification is also covered.

Text Books/Materials/Visits

Visits will happen throughout the year.

Year 8

Course Description Units/Modules

Pupils in Year 8 will continue to develop their knowledge of Computing, building on the skills and knowledge from Year 7. They will have 1 lesson per week and will cover the fundamental aspects of this discipline including; programming, digital literacy, and information technology. Students will combine their creativity and ability to produce digital product and computer programs using a range of different software and devices.

Pupils in year 8 will learn about algorithms and Boolean logic and further enhance their spreadsheet modelling abilities. In addition to this, pupils will also learn programming using Scratch software as well as developing their basic knowledge of programming syntax by completing a programming unit using Python programming language.

Student Grouping

Mixed ability groups

How it will be Assessed

Students will be assessed based on their classwork and homework. Students will also have a formal assessment at the end of each term which will vary depending on the unit of work and may consist of either a written assessment, a computer based assessment or a combination of both written and computer based assessment.

Homework

Homework will be set in accordance with the School Homework Policy.

How is the Course Taught

The course is taught using a range of different strategies including student led activities, group work, paired work and whole class interactive activities.

A range of practical activities will be undertaken by the pupils in order to develop their computational thinking ability as well as developing their skills and understanding of the units they learn in Year 8 Computing. The tasks are designed to engage pupils and ensure that all pupils’ needs are met whilst ensuring the content of the specification is also covered.

Text Books/Materials/Visits

Visits will happen throughout the year. 

Year 9

Course Description Units/Modules

Students in Year 9 will continue to develop their knowledge of computing, building on the skills and knowledge from Year 8. They will have 1 lesson per week and will cover the fundamental aspects of this discipline including; programming, digital literacy, and information technology. Students will combine their creativity and ability to code by creating a website and editing HTML develop their visual programming skills in Kodu, learn about algorithms and Boolean logic and further enhance their spreadsheet modelling abilities.

Student Grouping

Mixed ability groups

How it will be Assessed

Students will be assessed based on their classwork and homework. Students will also have a formal assessment at the end of each term which will vary depending on the unit of work and may consist of whole project assessment, written exam paper, computer based test.

Homework

Homework will be set in accordance with the School Homework Policy.

How is the Course Taught

The course is taught using a range of different strategies including student led activities, group work, paired work and whole class interactive tasks.

A range of practical activities will be undertaken by the students to develop their skills and understanding of programming. The tasks are designed to engage pupils and ensure that all pupils’ needs are met whilst ensuring the content of the specification is also covered.

Text Books/Materials/Visits

Visits will happen throughout the year.

Year 10 and 11

European Computer Driving Licence(ECDL) -ECDL Level 2 Extra QAN 500/6242/6

ECDL is delivered and assessed entirely online without the need for textbooks, notepads or test papers.

ECDL qualifications are made up of interactive units that build on existing knowledge and motivate further learning.
The following ECDL unit combination is designed specifically for schools and meets the criteria set out by the Department for Education.

Word processing
Spreadsheet software
Presentation software
Improving productivity using IT

Year 12

BTEC National- Examboard EDEXCEL
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT
Level 3

Learners have the opportunity to study in more depth a range of option areas of their choice, including:

  • 2D animation
  • Procedural programming
  • Human computer interaction
  • IT technical support

A number of universities have individually confirmed that this Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT fulfils their entry requirements when achieved alongside other qualifications.

BTEC National
Pearson BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in IT
Level 3

Within this suite, the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT is primarily a Technical Level qualification, equivalent in size to two A levels. It covers many aspects of the sector and, as well as an unendorsed pathway there are three endorsed pathways available in Business, Networking and Systems Support and Software Development.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT also provides a well-established route into a variety of specialist Higher Education (HE) courses in this sector and beyond when taken alongside other qualifications appropriate for the desired course of study. UCAS has reviewed the qualification to assess its value for access to higher education, and has allocated UCAS points. See details published on the Pearson website here:

http://www.edexcel.com/i-am-a/student/results/Pages/BTEC-equivalence.aspx

In addition, a number of universities have individually confirmed that this Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT fulfils their entry requirements when achieved alongside other qualifications.

Year 13

A Level GCE ICT - H517 Examboard OCR
This specification sees students develop a wide range of ICT skills together with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of ICT. Candidates are encouraged to become discerning users of ICT.

Benefits

  • Provides the ideal foundation for those students who wish to pursue ICT at degree level or as a career.
  • Assessment has been streamlined: the coursework element is still 40% but examinations are 2 hours.
  • Coursework assessment has been retained as the best method to assess practical skills.

Useful websites

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
An interactive programme for children, teens, parents and other adults, with age-specific games, warnings, and advice

http://www.lgfl.net/esafety/Pages/safeguarding.aspx
LGfL provides a safe and secure infrastructure which allows schools to manage access, including web filtering and email systems.

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/
Practical online safety advice for teachers and parents, with lesson plans, online activities and resources.
Being Smart RULES- ‎Safe Searching- ‎Games- ‎Music

http://www.childnet.com/resources/esafety-and-computing
Online technologies play a huge role and so providing a broad and balanced-safety education at each key stage is vital to ensuring that pupils can navigate safely

http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/

http://www.teach-ict.com/newshome.htm
News stories, quizzes and videos from Teach-ICT!

http://www.teach-ict.com/gcsehome.html
Fantastic learning and revisions materials for GCSE ICT

http://www.teachict.co.uk/
More fantastic learning and revisions materials for GCSE ICT

http://developers.evrsoft.com/article/web-design/design-tips/what-makes-a-good-logo-design.shtml
Click on the graphic for tips on what makes a good logo

http://goodlogo.com/top.250
Click on the logo for examples of good logos

http://www.ergonomics.com.au/howtosit.htm
Health and Safety when using ICT website - good for Module 1 theory and excellent for you!!

http://www.fgcu.edu/support/spamfirewall/index.html
Florida Gulf Coast University have published some excellent Office 2007 Tutorials, covering Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and FrontPage - go here if you're stuck on how to do something!

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