ICT

ICT continues to play an increasingly important part of everyday life both at work and home. The ICT department is committed to ensuring that all students are able to use ICT confidently and safely.

All students in years 7 to 11 study ICT for 1 hour a week, at the end of year 11 students complete the OCR Nationals Qualification in ICT. There is also an option for students to study further aspects of the subject in key stage 4 and to go on to take an A level course in applied ICT.

The Department also assists with the teaching of ICT as an integrated part of the curriculum of other subjects.

Year 7
Year 8
Digital Information Technology
GCSE Computer Science

What will my child learn about in ICT this year?

Discovery


Students will understand what is inside a computer system and how it works, also use fireworks to create graphic png files. They will know what a CPU does, what input/output and data storage devices are. They will understand servers, workstations and routers with an overview of how the internet works using dns servers and ip routing. They will understand the difference between application and systems software.

Celebration


Students will use a programming language to solve a variety of computational problems, use a sequence of commands, use variables and arrays. They will execute sequences of commands under conditions, repeating sequences of commands in loops. They will use procedures or functions or methods to write modular programs.

Creativity


Students will be taught how to create a graphical image using a COTS package. They will use tools and techniques for creating and improving images. They will be taught the different types of graphical file and why they are used, .bmp, .gif, .png, .jpg.

Balance


Students will be taught that websites are created using html pages and about using elements in html. They will be able to display text using html, link web pages, use CSS to control the look of elements in HTML. They will be able to produce a coherent website which explains the above.


What type of homework will be set?

Throughout the year your child will be set various different pieces of homework, both reinforcing and introducing new skills and topics of information, this will support the learning which has taken place in the lesson and prepare them for the next lesson.
Some homework’s will be required to be completed on the computer, which your child can do at a lunchtime club or through the use of our school learning environment.
As a department we hold ICT lunchtime clubs to help assist key stage three pupils progress. Staff may require students to attend these sessions to complete any outstanding homework or classwork.

How will my child be assessed in ICT this year?

Students will have half termly tests that will assess their understanding of the subject matter covered.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

We encourage parents to support their child at home with regards to ICT, by having access to the Internet and the Microsoft Office suite where possible.
Ask them about what they have been learning and encourage them to complete extra research around the subject.

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What will my child learn about in ICT this year?

Risk


Students will recap on HTML &CSS and use of additional HTML tags. They will have an understanding of the use of ID’s and classes to select one or a group of html elements. They will produce a website explaining how javascript works.

Interpretation


Students will use a flowchart to represent a process. They will understand at least two key algorithms for each of sorting and searching. They will use logical reasoning to evaluate the performance trade-offs of using alternative algorithms to solve the same problem. They will understand simple Boolean logic AND, OR and NOT and its use in determining which parts of a program are to be executed.

Identity


Students will learn how to create and use a database to retrieve information using complex enquires and link applications together using Mail Merge.

Structures


Students will work to collect components for a video and design the advert before creating the video using a COTS product

What type of homework will be set?

Throughout the year your child will be set various different pieces of homework, both reinforcing and introducing new skills and topics of information, this will support the learning which has taken place in the lesson and prepare them for the next lesson.
Some homework’s will be required to be completed on the computer, which your child can do at a lunchtime club or through the use of our school learning environment.
As a department we hold ICT lunchtime clubs to help assist key stage three pupils progress. Staff may require students to attend these sessions to complete any outstanding homework or classwork.

How will my child be assessed in ICT this year?

Students will have half termly tests that will assess their understanding of the subject matter covered.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

We encourage parents to support their child at home with regards to ICT, by having access to the Internet and the Microsoft Office suite where possible.
Ask them about what they have been learning and encourage them to complete extra research around the subject.

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Exam Board: EDEXCEL

Course title and type of qualification: Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology

What will I learn?

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology is for learners who wish to acquire knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by studying the skills related to data management, data interpretation, data presentation and data protection. The qualification will broaden learners’ experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.

The course comprises the following components:

Component 1 – Exploring User Interface Design Principles & Project Planning Techniques

  • Explore user interface design and development principles.
  • Discover how to develop and review a digital user interface.
  • Investigate how to use project planning techniques to manage a digital project.

Component 2 – Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data

  • Explore how data impacts on individuals and organisations.
  • Develop a dashboard using data manipulation tools.
  • Draw conclusions and make recommendations on data intelligence.

Component 3 - Effective Digital Working Practices

  • Explore how modern information technology is evolving.
  • Understand what cyber security is and how to safeguard against it.
  • Consider legal and ethical issues in data and information sharing.

How will I be assessed?

  • Component 1 - internal Assignment Based - 30%
  • Component 2 -Internal Assignment Based - 30%
  • Component 3 - External Exam Feb/May 2020 - 40%

What could I move onto?

Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make more informed choices for further learning either generally or in this sector. The choices that learners can make post-16 will depend on their overall level of attainment and their performance in the qualification.

Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to A Levels or study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in IT, which prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships.

Learners who generally achieve at Level 1 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to study at Level 2 post-16 in a range of technical routes designed to lead to work, progression to employment, apprenticeships or to further study at Level 3.

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Computer Science GCSE (9 - 1)

Exam Board: OCR

What will I learn?

The UK is experiencing a lack of well qualified computing professionals; businesses today require an ever-increasing number of technologically-aware individuals. This is even more so in the gaming, mobile and web related industries and this specification has been designed with this in mind.

The GCSE Computer course will encourage learners to:

  • understand and apply understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation
  • analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
  • think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
  • apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.
Unit 1: Computer Systems

This component will introduce you to the Central Processing Unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software.

Unit 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming

You will be introduced to algorithms and programming, learning about programming techniques, how to produce robust programs, computational logic, translators and facilities of computing languages and data representation.

How will I be assessed?

  • Component 1 - Practical programming is centre assessed and AQA moderated using tasks set by the AQA. Approximately 50 hours of controlled assessment (2 tasks of 25 hours each). This is 60% of the marks.
  • Component 2 - Computing fundamentals is assessed with a written paper of 11/2 hours duration. This is 40% of the marks.

What could I move onto?

This course will provide excellent progression to ‘A’ level Computer Science and into Vocational ICT courses. These provide progression to degree level courses in the areas of computing, engineering and science. Whilst this specification is not specifically mapped to any particular industry standard IT qualifications it will provide a sound preparatory basis of study for them. In addition the course provides the knowledge, skills and understanding that a growing number of employers are demanding.

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