Key Stage 3 ICT and Computing
Students will work collaboratively at times to ensure that they are developing their teamwork, presentation and leadership skills. They will learn how to plan their own programme of study through controlled assessment tasks similar to those at KS4 in order to better prepare them for the demands of GCSE work. Students will work independently, monitor their progress and showcase their achievements electronically.
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.
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:
Students will be registered and their progress on online courses can be monitored, with certificates generated for achievements.
We have 3 main topics of study in Year 8, with one mini extension topic:
Cyber Security – where students will learn computing theory about online crime, legislation to prevent it and practical ways to protect networks/documents. E-safety is also discussed in this topic, so that students know how to stay safe online.
Students will use an online network simulator to defend against cyber-attacks using the website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/lab/cyber/
Multimedia Project - Animation / Video / Presentation – where students will use animation software such as Flash or movie software to create their own cartoons/films, adding code to interact with animations etc.
Python Programming – students will be introduced to the main text based language that we use, and learn how to write lines of code, including if, else, elif statements, variety of loops, functions, variables etc
As a mini topic, students will learn about how the internet works, hardware needed, networks wired,/wireless etc
Students will be tested against each topic through online testing software.
Students in Y9 will study:
Databases – including validation
Programming – through a variety of assessed tasks, covering block and text based languages, and a practical investigation in readiness for KS4, where they will apply their computational thinking and programming skills to a scenario that they will analyse, design, program, test and evaluate.
Networks and the CPU - Topologies, LAN/WAN, hardware needed, how the CPU works, fetch decode execute cycle etc. Students will be introduced to the Little Man Computer Model and online simulator.
Students will be tested against each topic through online testing software. The Practical Investigation will be assessed alongside GCSE criteria.
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:
Students will undertake the new Cambridge Nationals course, where they will have to produce coursework for four different units and take an exam in Y10. Units may include multimedia, video, audio, business documents etc.
Students will learn how to become programmers and complete investigatory work into different scenarios. Currently using python and vb.net as a programming language, students have learnt 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. They also apply their understanding of business in their controlled assessment tasks, which requires them to visit a business and analyse its needs around a key question/theme.
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, as well as Tuesday lunchtime available if needed for KS4 catch up.
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.
The Vocational ICT course is run around real life scenarios so we offer trips to take multimedia assets and go to places such as theme parks, cinemas etc. We also have exciting computing trips to Magna and the Games Britannia festival.
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.