Creative and productive use of ICT is becoming an essential skill for life due to the increase use of technology in all aspects of society. The teaching of ICT aims not only to focus on the mastering of capability with technical skills and techniques, but also ensures students understand and apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in everyday life and employment.
We develop learners who can use ICT to find, develop, analyse and present information, as well as to model situations and solve problems.
At Key Stage 3 students learn the tools to demonstrate practical ability in programming, information technology, modelling, multimedia and data handling in line with the national Key Stage 3 strategy. For example, in the information technology units students learn to use software and hardware tools and lessons will focus on areas such as manipulating databases, creating a website, creating animations and graphics and movie editing.
Furthermore, computer programming units teach students how to create their own code using step by step commands, eventually leading to students building their own games which they will share and demonstrate in lessons.
Years 7, 8 and 9 are taught in form groups and have one lesson a week and will learn how to:
- Use computers safely / File management / Social networking
- Keeping your data safe / Using e-mail
- Searching the Web / Introduction to basic programs
- Introducing the small basic / Using for loops / Text window
- Using variables / Conditioning and branching
- Using random numbers
- Games programming in Scratch
- 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
- Health and Safety
- Spreadsheet modelling / Computer models / Creating a financial model / If scenarios / Conditional formatting and validation / Macros and charts.
- HTML and website development CSS / Design / Development creating a web form
- Networks / The internet / Connectivity / Topology
- Client-server networks / Encryption
- Python next steps the basics / Loops / Lists / Procedures / Function
- Understanding of E-safety
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Certificate in Digital Application (CiDA), Exam Board – EDEXCEL
The Certificate in Digital Applications (CIDA) is equivalent to one GCSE. The course has been designed to engage and enthuse young people with an interest in creative computing, for example digital graphics and animations, interactive multimedia products and computer games. Our aim is to encourage learners to consider pursuing education, training and career paths which will contribute to the nation’s economic wellbeing, while achieving job satisfaction and reward.
Controlled Practical Assessment 25% of total marks
Coursework Unit 75% of total marks
The controlled practical assessment (25%) involves students undertaking a 2.5 hour practical computer-based examination consisting of one task divided into two activities:
- Creating a web product for a specified audience and purpose, using a client brief
- Evaluating the product
Students are required to produce electronic portfolios (coursework unit 75%) and a variety of publications which demonstrate an astute awareness of audience and purpose. All work produced will be assessed electronically by a teacher and an external examiner. The focus is mostly on the practical application of ICT. Students are given a ‘Summative Project Brief’ by the Exam Board – a scenario with problems to solve using ICT. There is a keen emphasis on demonstrating progression during the project, evaluating suitability of their publications and legislation such as Copyright, Designs and Patents Act; students must ensure that their publications adhere to such legal requirements.
This course is only available to students who will sit their examinations in June 2019
Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia OCR
The certificate is equivalent to one GCSE. The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will equip learners with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills, learners will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products. The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will also challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to demanding material and techniques; encouraging independence and creativity and providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum.
The course consists of 4 units. Two of these units are mandatory whilst the other two units are chosen by the centre. Each of the units are equally weighted at 25% each. Unit 1 (mandatory) is a formal written exam that will be externally marked. The other three are units consist of portfolio work which is marked by the centre, with a sample being moderated by OCR.
- Unit R081: Pre-production skills External assessment
- Unit R082: Creating digital graphics – Centre assessed tasks
- Unit R085: Creating a multipage website – Centre assessed tasks
- Unit R087: Creating interactive multimedia products
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 IT and programming skills. Students and parents can use the following websites:
- BBC Bitesize
Miss Metcalf – HOD