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The Computer Science, ICT and Business department recognises the increasingly critical role which Computing plays both in society and within schools. Within schools, it is the role which Computing can play in enhancing and widening the learning process which is our priority. We are also aware of the contribution Computing can make to the overall management and efficiency of the school. Computing capability is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society. Computing can be used to find, develop, analyse and present information, as well as to model situations and solve problems.
The Computer Science, ICT and Business department recognises the importance of computing skills for all members of the school. We intended to ensure that Computing is accessible to all pupils regardless of ability, gender, ethnic origin and learning difficulties.
We, therefore, aim to:
- help pupils become confident in Computing and develop their ICT skills;
- use Computing to enrich and extend learning throughout the curriculum for all pupils;
- encourage pupils competency and pleasure in using Computing;
- allow pupils to become familiar with appropriate uses of Computing within everyday applications;
- encourage pupils to be aware of and appreciate the changing role of Computing in society;
- enable all pupils, whatever their needs, to become independent learners and develop their own interests, aptitudes and abilities;
- enable pupils to select appropriate and relevant uses of Computing in order to solve problems;
- enable pupils to acquire transferable skills via relevant learning experiences at appropriate stages in the curriculum;
- offer pupils the opportunity of progression and enhancement of their learning experiences within all subjects using Computing;
- use computing effectively to help deliver the National Curriculum;
- use computing as an effective and efficient means of storing, processing and communicating information within the school for administrative purposes.
Computer Science is a compulsory subject in years 7 and 8. All pupils will study Computing for one rotation within the Technology rotations. Pupils will receive 14 lessons over 7 weeks in years 7 and 8.
Subject summary: Year 7 Computing Programme of Study
A wide and balanced range of topics will be examined in Year 7, to extend a pupil's knowledge, understanding and skills in Computing. These include:
Designing an algorithm - An algorithm is a plan, a logical step-by-step process for solving a problem. Algorithms are normally written as a flowchart or in pseudocode.
Using pseudocode - Pseudocode can be used to plan out programs. We are going to use a visual programming language called Scratch to create programs.
Graphics – Analysing and creating graphics to use in other software.
HTML coding – We will explore how a basic webpage can be created using basic HTML coding.
App Design – We will explore and create an app to develop our skills and understanding to enable pupils to create an app which would be appropriate for a particular purpose.
Spreadsheets - Pupils will develop their ability to create and use formula and functions to analyse and display data effectively in a spreadsheet.
Subject summary: Year 8 Computing Programme of Study
Pupils will focus on raising capability in Computing as well as the acquisition of new skills. They will study:
Computing Systems – Pupils will learn about the component parts in a hardware device (external peripherals and internal components) as well as the difference between Operating Software and Application Software. Pupils will also examine binary coding with images.
Flash Animation and Sound – Pupils will design and create their own Flash animation which they can later include in their website. Pupils use edit and develop existing sounds or create their own narration and edit the narrations to create a sound to be include in their website.
Web design – Pupils create their own website. They create a template and use the template to create 3 further linked pages. Their websites are able to incorporate the sound and Flash animation they created. They may also develop rollover images, use HTML coding to add a marquee banner, add external links to their email and/or other websites by hotspot link, add internal links within their website etc.
Data handling – Pupils will examine the use of paper verses computing database systems and analyse how databases can be searched and how the results can be displayed. Pupils will create their own user interface form. Pupils will examine the use of hypothesis and testing of data.
Coding – Pupils may extend their coding experience by examining coding using either a text based programming language such as Python or a visual based programming language.
Subject summary: Year 9 Computing and ICT Programme of Study
Pupils take their options in year 8 so only those who opted for a vocational GCSE in ICT will follow this programme of study. They will receive five lessons per fortnight, each one hour in duration.
A wide and balanced range of topics will be examined in Year 9, to further develop a pupil's knowledge, understanding and skills in ICT. These include:
- Information systems
- Hardware and Software
- Data handling with Spreadsheets and Database
- Presentation of Information
- Computer Control.
- E-safety, Health and Safety and functional skills.
- Home Entertainment Systems
- Internet research skills and email
- Web design
- Flash animation
- Creating and editing sound
- Creating and editing graphics
- Use of ICT in wider world
These topics have been carefully selected to ensure pupils can embed their understanding and skills in Computing and ICT as they continue their studies into Key Stage 4.
Subject summary: Year 10 ICT Programme of Study
Pupils will explore the use of ICT in home, school and commercial settings. They will develop their skills and understanding through practical tasks and a controlled assessment. Pupils will demonstrate their ability to analyse, design and implement ICT systems for use in a range of environments including those of home, school and commercial settings.
A wide and balanced range of topics will be examined in KS4, to further develop pupils' knowledge.
Current Year 10 pupils (2016-2018) will explore the use of ICT in a home, school and commercial settings. They will develop their skills and understanding through practical tasks and controlled assessment. Pupils will demonstrate their ability to analyse, design and implement ICT systems for use in a range of environments including those of home, school and commercial settings. A wide and balanced range of topics are examined in KS4, to further develop pupils' knowledge. In Year 11 pupils will complete a second controlled assessment, worth 30% of their GCSE as well as studying towards their final examinations, each of which is worth 20% of their overall GCSE mark.
Pupils starting the Vocational GCSE in ICT from September 2017 will explore Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)
This course will help pupils to prepare for the world of work and our changing society. The Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications has been designed to engage and enthuse young people with an interest in creative computing, for example digital graphics and animations and interactive multimedia products. The programme of study aims to:
● enable young people to use digital tools as a means of expression to inform, persuade and entertain
● foster young people's creativity and develop their independent learning skills
● challenge young people to reflect on what they produce and strive for excellence
● increase young people's awareness of their responsibilities in the digital world and their respect of other people's rights
● equip young people with professional, real-world skills in planning, project management and communication
● give young people the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to support future learning and exploit the creative digital industries.
The course is made up of 1 Mandatory Examination Unit and 1 Optional Internally Assessed Unit. The Mandatory Unit examines developing web products and the Optional Unit will examine creating multimedia products.
Areas covered assist pupils to:
- become independent and discerning users of IT, able to make informed decisions about its use and aware of its implications for individuals, organisations and society.
- acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts, to develop ICT-based solutions to solve problems.
- develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and their social and commercial impact develop their understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT recognise potential risks when using ICT, and develop safe, secure and responsible practice and to develop the skills to work collaboratively and evaluate ICT-based solutions.
Pupils will learn through a range of practical and theoretical activities as preparation for the examination and controlled assessments. They will take part in extensive practical and examination tasks to assist their development in this qualification.
Possible Career Pathways - It is hoped that the practical skills and understanding gained from this course will provide candidates with a level of information that can form the basis for higher studies in IT and related subject or for a vocational career in IT.
Subject summary: Year 11 ICT Programme of Study
Current Year 11 pupils (2016-2017) Pupils will explore the use of ICT in a home, school and commercial settings. They will develop their skills and understanding through practical tasks and controlled assessment. Pupils will demonstrate their ability to analyse, design and implement ICT systems for use in a range of environments including those of home, school and commercial settings. A wide and balanced range of topics are examined in KS4, to further develop pupils' knowledge. In Year 11 pupils will complete a second controlled assessment, worth 30% of their GCSE as well as studying towards their final examinations, each of which is worth 20% of their overall GCSE mark.
Course Title: GCSE ICT – (2016-2017) Year 11 and (2016-2018) Year 10
Examination Board: WJEC
Contact: Mrs Goodrick
This GCSE course in Information and Communication Technology offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for candidates to identify and solve real problems by designing information and communication systems in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. Information and Communication Technology develops candidates' interdisciplinary skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence. The specification encourages the investigation and study of Information and Communication Technology in a variety of contexts. In these contexts the candidates are given opportunities to acquire competence, capability and critical skills through the creation, implementation, use and evaluation of a range of information and communication systems. Candidates from all cultures and both genders can develop their interest in, enjoyment of, and critical reflection about information technology as an integral part of modern society.
The course uses a range of assessment techniques to enable the candidate achieve through examination and practical/investigative work. Sixty per cent of the marks are based on internally-assessed controlled assignments which allow the candidates to experience an appropriate variety of roles relevant to information technology: user, designer, maker, manager and client. Assessment through controlled assignments will also enable centres to respond positively and quickly to developments in the field of information and communication technology. The remaining forty per cent of the final assessment will be by externally set examinations testing the full ability range.
How will I learn - Pupils undertake preparation on a wide range of ICT related topics culminating in two examination papers Unit 1 Understanding ICT and Unit 3 ICT in Organisations. Candidates are also required to submit 2 controlled assignments Unit 2 Solving Problems in ICT and Unit 4 Creating Multimedia Solutions.
Possible Career Pathways:
It is hoped that the practical skills and technical knowledge gained from this course will provide candidates with a level of information that can form the basis for higher studies in ICT or a related discipline.