Key Stage 3

The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life. ICT capability encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. ICT capability is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society. ICT can be used to find, develop, analyse and present information, as well as to model situations and solve problems.

Year 7

Term 1 – Introduction | Email | Internet & E-Safety | Cyber Bulling Project
Term 2 – Spreadsheet Modelling
Term 3 – Photoshop | Image manipulation | Comic Life
Term 4 – Computers – The Basics
Term 5 – Programming Concepts | Game making – Scratch
Term 6 – Data Handling | Super Hero’s Project

Year 8

Term 1 – Introduction | Searching for Information (Reliability, bias and podcasts) | Mythbusters Project
Term 2 – Impact of ICT on Society | Social Networking
Term 3 – Spreadsheets | Gansta Zoo Project
Term 4 – Photoshop | Faking It Project
Term 5 – Game Making – Kodu
Term 6 – Apps Creation | App Inventor

Year 9

Term 1 – 6 – Students working on The Cambridge Nationals Coursework Unit R002 Using ICT to Create Business Solutions

Key Stage 4

What will my child learn in ICT?

In ICT you will learn about database design, spreadsheets, designing computer graphics, creating animations and making multimedia products to name but a few. ICT is used is most jobs. It’s not just about spreadsheets for calculating numbers or databases for keeping records though. In ICT students learn about how it is used in the real world of work. The skills they learn could help them get a job or go on to further study. ICT is used in ‘creative’ jobs too. If a student wants to work in design, film, TV or music, then ICT has got something for them.

How is ICT taught?

Students will have two lessons per fortnight where they will create a portfolio of evidence. The Cambridge Nationals in ICT is a combination of coursework and an exam.

How is ICT assessed?

This course aims to develop ICT skills and can be used to enhance coursework in other curriculum areas. Coursework is the key element of ICT and students will be expected to keep up to date with it. They will produce an electronic portfolio of work which will be continually assessed with feedback on your progress. Students will also need to study Computer Systems for an exam.

Unit 1 – Understanding computer systems. Assessment in this unit is completed with an examination.
Unit 2 – Using ICT to create business solutions. Assessment in this unit is through a portfolio of evidence.
Unit 5 – Creating an interactive product using multimedia Assessment in this unit is through a portfolio of evidence.
Unit 7 – Creating dynamic products using sound and vision. Assessment in this unit is through a portfolio of evidence.

Key Stage 5

What will my child learn at ICT A-Level?

The course is aimed at students who wish to go on to higher education or to the world of work – where having an understanding of how ICT can be used in society and organisations, and the implications of its use will be a valuable asset.

At AS Level you will study two modules:

Information systems and Presenting Information. The first module is theory based and examined in an end-of-year exam paper; the second is a practical based project internally assessed.

For the first module you will produce a spreadsheet during the course on which questions will be set in the exam. You will hand in evidence of your spreadsheet work with the exam paper. You will also answer questions about the wider use of ICT.

In the second module you will undertake a series of small practical tasks focused on presenting information. In the second year, you will complete two modules – “The use and impact of ICT” (tested in an examination) and a coursework unit, “Relational databases”. The coursework follows a systems approach: you will use a relational database package to create a complete realistic solution to an information problem.

You should spend at least three hours each week working at a computer and will be encouraged to give presentations using an interactive whiteboard. You are expected to maintain personal knowledge of IT developments. Study will involve textbooks, program manuals, help files, user guides and the occasional guest speaker from the IT Industry.