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
GCSE ICT
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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What will I learn? In today’s workplace the ability to use ICT is an essential skill with employers a high level of ability in the use of applications and manipulation of data. Students have the opportunity to study units for the Certificate or Diploma qualifications. The course comprises the following units: R001: Understanding computer systems This unit will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to use computer systems effectively. Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the systems they use both at home and at school and will explore how these same technologies are used by business organisations. R002: Using ICT to create business solutions Learners will use a wide range of applications that are commonly used in the workplace, schools, and in further and higher education. They will learn how to select the most appropriate software to complete tasks to meet specified business requirements in a variety of contexts. R004: Handling data using databases On completion of this unit learners will be able to modify an existing database and produce a relational database. They will also be able to create queries to interrogate a database and find specific records and produce reports based on the results of these queries and create a user interface for the database. R005: Creating an interactive product using multimedia components This unit will enable learners to demonstrate their creative flair by combining multimedia components to create a vibrant, energetic or stimulating interactive product. Interactive products are used widely in everyday life; from visiting a website, ordering online products, using mobile phone applications, viewing a presentation, e-learning products or playing computer games. Optional: R003: Handling data using spreadsheets R008: Introduction to computer programming R009: Exploring computer hardware and networks R010: Developing control systems How will I be assessed? R001 is assessed with a written paper of 1 hour duration. All other units are centre assessed and OCR moderated using centre or OCR produced tasks. 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.
Exam Board: OCR Course title and type of qualification: Cambridge Nationals Certificate/Diploma Links & Resources
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. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of how modern computing technology works and learn how to create applications that operate in today’s web enabled environment and run on Mobile devices. Building on what you have covered in year 7 & 8 you will learn how to design and write computer applications using the fundamental concepts around writing object orientated programs. You will also learn: To use constants, variables, data types and structures, program flow control including algorithms, procedures, functions and the scope of variables. Data representation, error handling and the use of external data. The essential elements of computer structure, systems and hardware. The use of CPU (Central Processing Unit), memory and secondary storage. Network structure including client server models and web application concepts. All about database concepts including query methods (SQL) and connecting to databases from web based applications with the use of PHP. The software development life cycle including prototyping and application testing. 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.
Exam Board: AQA Course title and type of qualification: Computer Science GCSE Links & Resources
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