ICT is taught by

Ms A A Patel CTL
Ms I Patel ICT Teacher & T&L Coach
Ms S Bashir ICT Teacher
Mr R Patel ICT Teacher
Mr M Ahmad ICT Teacher & Head of Year

Key Stage 3

We combine units to create a foundation to build upon and introduce students to digital literacy, computer science and digital creative media.

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.
  • Scratch- Algorithms: Use block programming to create a range of different applications from games to stories.
  • Flowol - Use control software to create control programs to control simulations & mimics such as barrier controls, lifts, fair rides, greenhouse, alarm, robotics, production, hydraulic arm etc. To understand and create flowcharts & pseudocode for the programs they intend to create.
  • Microbit coding: Students use the MakeCode editor and python editor on the microbit website to program the micro:bit with blocks and JavaScript and ready-made snippets in python. . 
  • Spreadsheet modelling: To use formulas & functions to create & interrogate spreadsheet, to represent data using graphs. To carry out what if queries and forecasting.

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.
  • Computer crime: - Students go through theory to understand email scams, hacking, protecting personal data, copyright, health & safety and all the laws and legislations related to IT usage at home and in the workplace.
  • Databases: Use data handling software to for record handling, apply validation methods, and create user-friendly forms, complex queries, switchboards and professional reports for a variety of different real life scenarios. To understand relational databases, relationships and purpose of dbms.
  • 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.
  • Animation - Students will create a fully functional flash animation using a range of suitable software.
  • 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.

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.

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:

  • GCSE Computer science
  • GCSE Business studies
  • OCR Cambridge in Information Technologies

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

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:

  • GCSE Computer science
  • GCSE Business studies
  • OCR Cambridge in Information Technologies

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 Computer Science

Component Marks Duration Weighting

Computer systems (01)

Calculators not allowed

80 1 hour 30 minutes 50%
Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02) 80 1 hour 30 minutes 50%

Component 01: Computer systems topics
Central processing unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It also looks at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science.

 

Component 02: Computational thinking, alogrithms and programming

They develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and data representation.  The skills and knowledge developed within this component will support the learner when completing the Programming Project.

 

Programming Project

They will have the opportunity to define success criteria from a given problem, and then create suitable algorithms to achieve the success criteria. Students then code their solutions in a suitable programming language, and check its functionality using a suitable and documented test plan. Finally they will evaluate the success of their solution and reflect on potential developments for the future.

 

Reference : www.ocr.org.uk

GCSE Business studies

Assessment overview

Component Marks Duration Weighting
Business (01): Business activity, marketing and people 80 1 hour 30 minutes 50%
Business (02): Operations, finance and influences on business 80 1 hour 30 minutes 50%

Content overview

Business 01: Business activity, marketing and people

To study business concepts and issues concerning the activities of a business. They discover the purpose and role of a business from spotting an opportunity through to the growth of an established business. They also look at the role of marketing and human resources.

 

Business 02: Operations, finance and influences on business

To study the role of operations and finance in business activity. Operations include production processes, quality of goods and services, customer service, and working with suppliers. Finance covers its role, its sources, costs, profit and loss, cash and cash flow.

They explore how business responds to external influences, such as ethical and environmental considerations, the economic climate and globalisation, and the interdependent nature of business

 

Cambridge Nationals in Information Technologies Level 1/2

Assessment Overview

Content Overview

R012: Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions

Students develop their knowledge and understanding of different hardware and software applications and the tools and techniques used to select, store, manipulate and present data. They also explore the various risks associated with the collection, storage and use of data, including legal, moral, ethical and security issues, and how such risks can be mitigated.

R013: Developing technological solutions

Students create a technological solution that processes data and communicates information, following the phases of the project life cycle using different hardware and software technologies to create an integrated technological solution. They develop practical skills such as carrying out a SWOT analysis, creating GANTT charts, developing online surveys, and presenting data through web-based technologies.

Reference : www.ocr.org.uk

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.

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

  • 3D Animator or Graphic designer
  • Programmer or software developer
  • Computer games developer
  • Creative producers, production managers, technical directors
  • Nano-medic
  • E-learning developer
  • Information scientist
  • IT security coordinator
  • Operational researcher
  • Technical architect                                                  many many more……
  • Engineer
  • Aircraft pilot
  • Computer service and repair technician/IT support technician
  • Database administrator
  • Forensic computer analyst
  • IT project manager
  • Network engineer/manager
  • Systems analyst
  • Cloud Computing Engineers. ...
  • Computer Network Specialists. ...
  • Computer Support Specialist. ...
  • Database Administrator
  • Network Architect
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Systems Administrator
  • Senior Network Architect
  • Senior Network Engineer
  • Senior Network System Administrator
  • Telecommunications Specialist
  • Security Specialist
  • Senior Security Specialist
  • Software Architect
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Front End Developer
  • Senior Web Administrator
  • Senior Web Developer
  • Web Administrator
  • Web Developer
  • Webmaster
  • Business Intelligence Developer
  • Data Scientist
  • Mobile Application Developer

Useful websites

E Safety, ICT & Computing

Click on the titles and keywords below to find relevant website.

 

http://www.ictworkout.co.uk/ find out username & password from teacher

BBC BITESIZE

KS3 computer science :- https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zvc9q6f

KS3 ICT :- https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z8mtsbk

KS4 Computer science :- https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z34k7ty

KS4 Business studies:- https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zpsvr82

KS4 Digital technology :- https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z9qy6yc

KS4 ICT:- https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zqmtsbk

 

Wired magazine – Monthly magazine on the global impact of new technology. https://www.wired.co.uk/topic/technology

 

Computerphile youtube channel – Explore the inner working of computers

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9-y-6csu5WGm29I7JiwpnA

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

http://cambridgegcsecomputing.org/

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

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/

https://www.connectsafely.org/ - resources to help users understand & manage the risk of new technology

https://www.cybersmile.org/

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ - NSPCC guide for social media including searchable database

https://www.internetmatters.org/

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/social-media

NHS cyberbullying- https://modalitypartnership.nhs.uk/self-help/livewell/topics/bullying/cyberbullying

Parenting for a digital future- https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/parenting4digitalfuture/

Wikibooks –computers for beginners- https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Computers_for_Beginners

BBC Click- topical reports on technology - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006m9ry

BBC Make it digital – Fun projects and articles on technology- https://www.bbc.co.uk/makeitdigital

Tynker- Introduction to programming https://www.tynker.com/school/coding-curriculum/programming-101

Khan academy- algorithms , Internet 101,  cryptography

https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-science/cryptography

The logic lab- explore logic gates by creating interactive circuits

Studio code- binary game :- https://studio.code.org/projects/applab/iukLbcDnzqgoxuu810unLw

Codeacademy- interactive tutorials to learn programming languages such as python, java, html & CSS.

W3schools- tutorials to code websites

https://www.w3schools.com/

Computerscience.org Women in computer science

https://www.computerscience.org/resources/women-in-computer-science/

IEEE spectrum - https://spectrum.ieee.org/ - articles, blogs & videos about cutting edge technology

Maker share – makrs documenting projects :- https://makershare.com/

Openlearn- The internet of everything, machines minds & computers, Living with the internet- keeping it safe, information on the web, protocols in networks

https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en/technology/digital-world/the-internet-of-everything-ioe/

TED Talks – online lectures with prestigious speakers

 

 

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

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