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ICT

Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3 ICT and Computing

Students will learn new software skills and programming languages, applying what they have learnt through milestone tasks, similar to those at KS4, in order to better prepare them for the demands of GCSE work. Students will mostly work independently, monitoring their progress and showcasing their achievements electronically, though collaboration is encouraged through peer teaching and effective communication with partners and groups. We are working to develop our language for learning and embed 5* learning skills into every lesson.

Year 7

In Year 7, students study ICT and Computing.

Students will be introduced to basic software: Word Processing, Presentation, Desktop Publishing, Spreadsheets, Internet, Email etc to ensure they meet expected competencies for KS3 work and that they are ICT work ready.

Students will then learn how to programme code in a variety of languages through our different topics:

Scratch – block based programming

Small Basic – introduction to text based programming

Kodu – block based programming with a virtual environment

Students will also develop their computational thinking through learning about flowcharts, writing algorithms and pseudocode, solving problems and debugging lines of code.

Students will develop their programming skills in an interactive online learning environments, through websites such as:

www.lightbot.com

www.code.org

www.codecombat.com

www.codecademy.com

Students will be registered and their progress on online courses can be monitored, with certificates generated for achievements.

Year 8

In Year 8, students study ICT as a rotation block. They will study different skills, focusing on:

Graphics – creating graphic elements for a website using Adobe Fireworks

Spreadsheets – learning more advanced formulae and functions, effective formatting, chart design, modelling etc

Small Basic programming – using text based programming language
Students may be tested against each topic through online testing software or through milestone tasks.

As an extension, students may also experience using Alice to create 3D simulated animations, or Audacity sound studio to create radio adverts.

Year 9

In Year 9, students study ICT as a rotation block. They will study different skills, focusing on:

Graphics – extending what they learnt in Y8, with more advanced software Adobe InDesign and Illustrator

Spreadsheets and Databases – learning high level formulae and functions needed at KS4 level, validation etc

Programming – using text based programming language – Python, in readiness for KS4.

Students may be tested against each topic through online testing software or through milestone tasks.

As an extension, students may also experience using Moviemaker to create videos.

Y9 students will also have mini option taster sessions to help give them a practical insight into KS4 provision, e.g. students experience business and enterprise through a one off mini workshop

Key Stage 4

We offer a range of ICT based qualifications to suit different learners:

Vocational ICT:

ICT

Students will undertake the new Cambridge Nationals Information Technologies course, where they will have to produce coursework for one unit with a heavy focus on advanced spreadsheets or databases and take an exam in Y10. Work will have a real life context, and follow the project lifecycle.

iMedia

Students in Y10 are just starting our new iMedia course, where they will have to produce coursework for three different units and take an exam in Y10. Whilst graphics is compulsory, other units may include multimedia, video, audio, business documents etc. Students will learn the importance of planning documents in media creation.

GCSEs 9-1:

Computing

Students will learn all about computing theory, how computers work as well as how to become programmers and complete investigatory work into different scenarios. Currently using python and vb.net as a programming language, students learn how to create calculators, create games such as hangman, turn on light bulbs plus much more. The course ends in 2x written exams at the end of Year 11.

GCSE Business Studies

Students will learn about business theory and sit 2x exams in Y11. Finance and Accounting are important in our business course, with students learning to perform calculations to work out cash flow etc

Extended learning

Clubs:

We have many after school sessions each week for Year 10 and 11 students to complete their coursework and work closely with ICT staff for extra support

Through the LRC, there is the opportunity for students to play Scratch and to learn how to make their own computer games for KS3 and 4 at break-times, lunch and after school.

Further opportunities to learn and have fun:

We work with Sheffield Hallam University to learn how to build robots, gaining insider knowledge from people in the gaming industry, as well as forging new links with Longley Park Sixth Form’s media department, to team teach media skills.

Useful Links

• For ICT/Computing tutorials: www.teach-ict.com

• Download sound effects: www.freesound.org

• ICT games: www.reviseict.co.uk