ICT is taught by

Ms A A Patel CTL
Mr A Hussain ACTL
Ms I Patel T&L coach
Ms S Bashir ICT Teacher
Mr R Patel ICT Teacher

Key Stage 3

Curriculum content and aims

The National Curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms, data representation, and communication and are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems. (Computing Programmes of study for Key Stages 1-4)

Year 7

Students will study the following in year 7

  • E- Safety & Using computers safely & effectively - Staying safe online, online dangers, online communication methods. File management, backup, using email, social networking, searching the web effectively using advanced techniques.
  • Kodu - 3D Gaming, students will learn 3D gaming skills, design and create a 3D game. In addition, students will test and evaluate their game.
  • Databases: Use data handling software to enter, edit, add validation methods, create user friendly forms, complex queries and professional reports for a variety of different real life scenarios. To understand relational databases, relationships and purpose of dbms.
  • Flowol/Scratch- Algorithms: Use block programming & control software to create a range of different applications from games to stories. To understand and create flowcharts & pseudocode for the programs they intend to create.
  • Photoshop - Students will use Photoshop to create a game cover for a computer game. Use Photoshop to create characters and objects to incorporate into the videos that will be edited.
  • Creating & editing a video
  • Hour of code - students will learn a different programming language to solve problems and control objects.

Year 8

Students will study the following in Year 8:

  • Understanding computers: Hardware & Software -  Students will learn the basics of how computers operate. Input, output, storage, CPU, Binary, convergence, new technologies.
  • HTML/web design - Create a website suitable for a company with a range of features using html and WIMP software (Dreamweaver).
  • Python/Code academy: Learn text based programming and concepts. Apply knowledge & skills to given scenarios in a test environment.
  • Spreadsheet modelling: To use formulas & functions to create & interrogate spreadsheet, to represent data using graphs. To carry out what if queries and forecasting.
  • Animation - Students will create a fully functional flash animation using a range of suitable software.
  • Appshed - To design app prototype using online software such as Balsamic and Appshed.

Year 9 Entry Level Computing

Students will study the OCR Entry Level Computing in preparation for GCSE pathway

70% Controlled assessment and 30% Exam

Aims:

  • Provides a basic understanding of computer technology and computing principles
  • Introduces and assesses relevant, transferable skills; including problem solving and information gathering
  • Provides fair recognition of the technical knowledge and practical skills of students
  • Provides grounding for further study of computing.

Controlled Assessment Outline

  • Programming Controlled assessment - Students to design and create a fully functional program to solve a pre-defined problem - Students test and evaluate the program and document their findings
  • Trends in Computing - Students select an area of study. Students then investigate and report their findings.

Exam Outline

Topics to be covered

  • Hardware: identify parts of a computer, functions of a computer 9CPU, motherboard, RAM/ROM), peripheral devices.
  • Software: understanding how operating systems operate, application and system software and systems utilities.
  • Logic: Boolean operators, logic gates, binary and denary.

How are they assessed

Year 7 and 8 are assessed and receive their feedback on Google classroom. They have a range of formative feedback with a summative assessment at the end of the project where are given a status from Beginner, Developer, Skilled or Expert.

Year 9

70% Controlled assessment and 30% Exam

Year 9 complete an entry level qualification where they have 3 tests based on hardware, software & Logic this contributes to 30% of the final grade.  They then have 2 controlled assessment tasks which is 70% of the final grade.

Home learning (frequency and expectations)

Students are given homework on a fortnightly basis which is outlined on SMHK/Showbie.

Students are given tasks based on planning, research, analysis, design or evaluation aspects of the topic they are studying as all creating digital products/coding/testing is carried out in class.

If homework tasks are not completed properly then the student understanding & quality of their classwork would suffer, so it is vital they complete homework tasks. Where homework is missing their final grade for the project would be lower.

How parents/carers can support their child

Parents can:

  • Check the ICT homework on ‘Show my homework’ website.
  • Ensure that the student has completed the homework and handed to teacher via SMHK or google classroom.
  • Parents/Guardians can check teacher comments on google classroom and track student progress. Parents /guardians are then encouraged to talk to their about their child about their progress in lessons/with homework.
  • When your child is using the computer, parents/guardians need to monitor/watch the websites their child goes on by ensuring they do their homework in a common area in the home. The homework set will only require students to access the sites listed below if any other site is required to be used then it will be listed in their homework. Students WILL NOT be asked/need to go on any social networking sites.

KS4

Courses offered:

ICT GCSE Edexcel (Year 10 and year 11)

OCR Computing (Year 10 and year 11)

All pupils should be taught to:

  • develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology
  • develop and apply their analytic, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills

GCSE ICT

Controlled Assessment outline

Activity 1

  • Investigation: research carried out according to pre-selected scenario (enterprise/ business event)
  • Logo: create a logo and strapline for pre define business event
  • Database: interrogate and gather meaningful data
  • Digital poster: looping digital poster product with multiple screens for a large display
  • Review: Evaluate findings for activity 1

Activity 2

  • Financial model: devise a fully functional financial model to calculate costs, interrogate data, forecast, what if queries carried out to investigate profit and loss for business event
  • Video demo: product created with an effective user interface, control and narration to guide users of different abilities to use the model.
  • Tickets: Unique tickets created with different themes & placeholders using Photoshop. They need to be compared to real life examples.
  • Review - Evaluate findings for activity 2.

Activity 3

  • Multimedia promo: Professional Promo created with many of the assets such as animation, graphics, sound used have been created by the student.
  • Web page design: The student will use design tools to clearly show what each screen will be like and pathways through the product. They need to comment on and justify important design decisions. Clear and detailed navigation map created with all data flow explained.
  • Webpage build: To create creative webpages for a range of end users with interactivity and extra features. Nearly all of the assets used on the page to have been created by the student and webpages compared with real life examples.
  • Review: Evaluate findings for activity 3

Activity 4

  • Evaluate digital products and conclude findings from activity 1, 2 and 3.

Exam Outline

Topics to be covered:

  • Digital Devices
  • Connectivity
  • Operating online
  • Online goods and services
  • Online Communities
  • Technology Issues & impact on the wider world

OCR Computing

Controlled Assessment Outline 60%

A452 – Practical Investigation (30%)

  • Learn and Investigate features of app inventor
  • Investigate event driven programming
  • Create an App from a given scenario
  • Test the app that has been created to check the functionality and improve according to feedback
  • Evaluation to Compare different programming environments.

A453 – Programming Project (30%)

  • Analyse existing systems
  • Design 3 systems from given scenario
  • Create 3 solutions for problem
  • Test and improve programming solutions
  • Evaluation of the final solutions

A451 - Exam Outline 40 %

Topics to be covered

  • Computer Systems
  • Computer Hardware
  • Software
  • Representation of data in computer System
  • Databases
  • Networks
  • Internet
  • Programming

How students are assessed

ICT GCSE Edexcel (Year 10 and year 11)

Students will study the ICT GCSE 60% Controlled assessment and 40% Exam

OCR Computing (Year 10 and year 11)

Selected students will study OCR Computing 20% Controlled assessment and 80% Exam

Home learning (frequency and expectations)

All students are expected to revise from the websites listed below and using the given textbook every week for which tests are set online. Students are also given research and design tasks as homework every other week.

How parents/carers can support their child

  • Check the student is revising using Doddle.com
  • Ensure the student checks and reads the technology section on the BBC website and stays up to date with IT developments.
  • Ensure the student is answering questions from the textbook, check answers.
  • Time students when they are completing past exam papers.
  • Talk to them about their progress in ICT/Computing.

Possible careers include

Wed Designer/developer/editor Computer games developer/tester
3D Animator or Graphic Designer Engineer
Programmer or software developer Aircraft pilot
Creative producers, production managers, technical directors Computer service and repair technician/IT support technician
Nano-medic Database administrator
E-learning developer Forensic computer analyst
Information scientist IT project manager
IT security coordinator Network engineer/manager
Operational researcher Systems analyst
Technical architect  

Useful websites

www.doddle.com

http://www.ictworkout.co.uk/

http://creativeskillset.org/creative_industries/vfx/ways_into_the_industry

http://cambridgegcsecomputing.org/

http://www.teach-ict.com/

https://learn.playto.io/html-css/lesson/0 - coding in html

https://www.o2learn.co.uk... Select ICT

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/

http://www.computerhistory.org/

https://code.org/learn

https://www.codecademy.com/learn/all

https://scratch.mit.edu/

http://www.kodugamelab.com/

http://csunplugged.org/

http://www.cs4fn.org/

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/by-subject/ict/ibytes/

http://www.ictlounge.com/

How parents or other members of other public can find out more about the curriculum:

GCSE ICT

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/ict-2010.html

GCSE COMPUTER SCIENCE

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/

Name of person who parents can contact if they need more information about the syllabus: Ms A. A Patel / Mr Hussain 

Contact Us