What will students learn? (Overview)
Year 7 - 9
ICT is a discrete subject at Key Stage Three. The programme of study followed in weekly lessons covers the new computing requirements.
Year 7's learn:
- Using Computers Safely/ File Management / Social Networking
- Keeping your data safe / Using Email
- Searching the Web/ Introduction to Basic Programs
- Introducing the turtle /Using for Loop /Text window
- Using variables /Conditioning and Branching
- Using Random numbers
- Flowcharts /Sequencing/ Sensors
- Subroutines/Actuators /Variables
- Games Programming in Scratch
- Movement/Lives and scoring
- Adding a new level
- Randomising the behaviour of sprites/Shooting and jumping/Adding sounds
- Introduction to Python
- Strings/Numbers and Arithmetic
- Selection/Writing Algorithms/While Loops/Searching
- Elements of a computer/ The CPU/Understanding Binary Addition
- Storage Device
- Convergence and New Technologies
Year 8's learn:
- Computer Crime and Cyber Security
- Email Scams/ Hacking/Protecting Personal Data/Copyright
- Health and Safety
- Spreadsheet Modelling/Computer Models/Creating a financial Model/What if Scenarios/Conditional Formatting and validation/Macros and Charts.
- HTML and Website Development CSS/Design/Development Creating a web form
- Networks/The internet/Connectivity/Topologies
- Client-server networks/Encryption
- Python Next Steps the Basics/Loops/Lists/Procedures/Functions
- App Development Introduction to Apps/Home Screen and Navigation
- Adding Files/Links and Images/ Using Map Functions/Programing with Blocky
- Publishing your App
Homework is set weekly on topics and students are required to complete all homework on time.
ICT suites are supervised during lunchtimes and for homework after school giving pupils additional opportunity to consolidate their ICT skills and to develop their involvement in all curricular and extra curricula areas.
How will they be assessed?
Students are assessed at the end of each unit. Regular marking and feedback ensure students have the opportunity to improve their work and levels.
Intervention, support and homework clubs allow students to work to their full potential.
How can parents support?
Parental support is very important to the progress and achievement of all students.
Please ensure your child completes all homework to the best of their ability and submits this on time.
Independent learning is very important to build on their ICT and programming skills. Students and parents can use the following website;
Exam Board: OCR
This new course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. It offers an insight of what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ including computer programming, which many students find absorbing.
Learning to program is a core component of a computer science course. Students should be competent at reading and writing programs and be able to reason with code. They must be able to apply their skills to solve real problems and produce robust programs.
Students should be given repeated opportunities to develop and practice their programming skills.
The qualification will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established through the Computer Science elements of the Key Stage 3 programme of study. The content has been designed not only to allow for a solid basis of understanding but to engage learners and get them thinking about real world application.
Why choose Computing?
It’s a great way to develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills, which can be transferred to further learning and to everyday life.
Students who decide to take this programme of study must have at least a Level 5 (New Oaks KS3 steps) or above in English and Maths.
Students who want to go onto higher study and employment in the field of computer science will find that this course provides a superb stepping stone.
Unit 01 - Computer systems. 40% of total GCSE, 1 hour and 30 mins written paper.
Unit 02 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming. 40% of total GCSE, 1 hour and 30 mins written paper.
Unit 03/04 - Programming project. 20% of total GCSE. Students create solutions to computing tasks chosen from a set of options supplied by OCR (controlled assessment).
Exam Boad: OCR
Min Merit in Cambridge Nationals Level 2
Synopsis of Content:
The course has been designed in collaboration with experts across the whole IT sector. The course focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding required by today’s universities and employers. We believe the course will give our students the best access to further education and the world of work in a full range of specialities, from business and project management, through to website design and computer graphics and animation.
Provide you with an insight into the IT sector, the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale, as well as the important legal and security considerations. Unit 3 cyber security reflects an important development in the sector around information security. You will consider how data should be protected and how the IT sector should respond to emerging threats such as cyber terrorism
Assessment Methods / Teaching Methods and Resources
Unit 1 Fundamentals of IT
Unit 2 Global information
Unit 3 Cyber security
One mandatory unit from one of four pathways - internally assessed course work
Progression to Higher Education / Vocational Destinations
The qualification prepares you for the world of work in the 21st century as well as the prospect of study and some the country’s leading Russell Group universities.
IT Infrastructure Technician Typical job roles within this pathway include: IT technical support, database administrator, field technician, network technician, infrastructure technician, network planner or cloud technician. Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner Typical job roles within this pathway include; junior digital content developer, 3D graphics technician, virtual reality software technician, software developer, digital identity planners or digital content developer Application Developer Technician Typical job roles within this pathway include; web application developer, software engineer, mobile application developer, application developer or software analyst. Data Analyst. IT Infrastructure Technician pathway Typical job roles within this pathway include; data analyst, data quality analyst, Statistical data analyst, Big Data architect, Digital data analyst or Customer insight analyst.