WELCOME TO ict
In today’s modern society, ICT is fundamental in ensuring inclusive, personalised, enhanced and extended learning experiences. We believe that ICT plays an essential role in helping us to achieve these wider aims. The ICT department has developed an engaging, practical curriculum to help students explore how technology is used in the modern world.
Key stage 3
Pupils in Key stage 3 are given a wide range of experiences in both computing and ICT. Units of work are based around project based scenarios and are delivered every half term. This enables pupils to become familiar with a wide range of software applications, embedding the practical skills that will be required in KS4 and KS5.
The department has made significant changes to the curriculum to incorporate computing throughout the key stage 3 programme of study. New and exciting units encourage exploration and creativity and enable pupils to expand their skills using new and innovative technologies and programming languages.
In Year 7 pupils are given one lesson of ICT per week. The skills acquired at KS2 are developed and pupils are expected to apply their skills to solve a range of problems. Pupils are taught how to effectively search the web; communicate using text and graphics (using PowerPoint and Desktop Publishing); model using spreadsheets; undertake control activities and learn the basics of programming as well as developing their skills in graphics software such as Fireworks.
In Year 8 pupils are given two lessons of ICT per week. They build on the skills from year 7 as well as working on longer topics to help them build a better understanding of how ICT is used in the real world.
Pupils are taught how to program basic computer games using scratch and robomind, work on designing and advertising a product for a set audience as well as learning about creating control systems.
In Year 9 Pupils are given one ICT lesson per week. Pupils are taught how to use CAD (Computer Aided Design) packages, develop their understanding of programming as well as undertaking some study of ICT and computing theory such as how networks work or how a computer works.
In additional ICT pupils learn to create multimedia presentations using Flash, Fireworks and other presentation software.
Key stage 4
In year 10 pupils can opt to take ICT.
Controlled Assessment – 60%
Exam – 40%
Unit 1: Living in a Digital World
In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move). They develop an awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.
Unit 2: Using Digital Tools
This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.
In Year 11 some pupils can have opted to study GCSE Computing.
Controlled Assessment – 60% (2*30%)
Exam – 40%
A modern course for a modern world
This is a course that has real relevance in our modern world. While learners will no doubt already have some knowledge of computers and related areas, the course will give them an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on “behind the scenes”. As part of this, they will investigate computer programming, which many learners find interesting. Due to the nature of the course, students will be expected to be proficient in numeracy as there is a significant emphasis on mathematics in both the controlled assessment and the theory behind the programming languages that will be used by students.
The fun of computing
Through this study of computer programming, the course will help learners develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills. For many, it’ll be a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. In this way, the course will stimulate interest and engagement with technology and technology-related careers.
Looking to the future
In fact, information technologies continue to have a growing importance. This means there will be a bigger demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. If learners want to go on to higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science, they will find that this course provides a superb stepping stone. Learners who have taken a Computing GCSE and who then progress to study the subject at A Level or university will have a sound underpinning knowledge of this subject area.
In addition to GCSE’s the ECDL qualification can also be studied at Key Stage 4 which allows for pupils who may not have opted for a GCSE IT qualification to obtain qualification in this field.
Key Stage 5
In today’s world, technology and the use of ICT is evolving at a rapid pace. The impact this is having on businesses and households throughout the world is enormous and individuals now need to be able to master these new technologies in order to compete in the modern world.
AS/A ICT encourages students to become discerning users of ICT. It allows them to develop a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding. This could form a basis for progression into further learning, or employment.
Students in AS/A ICT learn to become independent users of ICT, with the ability to manage ICT projects.
In the first year you’ll study two ‘big picture’ themes. First there’s ‘Practical problem solving’, which introduces you to the various hardware and software technologies used in ICT, and how you can apply them to different applications in real life.
The second theme is ‘Living in the digital world’, which gives you a solid grounding in ICT areas like transferring data, backups and the interface between people and ICT systems.
In the second year you’ll build on that strong foundation with another two study themes. In the first theme, ‘The use of ICT in the digital world’, you’ll cover technology developments, how to manage ICT projects, and the use of ICT solutions within organisations. In the second theme, ‘Practical issues’, you’ll get hands-on experience by conceiving, designing and implementing a real ICT-related system.
Facilities & Resources
The ICT department is equipped with 5 designated ICT suites with 27 networked PC’s and interactive whiteboards. We also have a MC suite that is located in the Sixth Form Building.
Trips & Extra Curricular Activities
The ICT department is keen to offer students the opportunity to experience ICT and new technologies outside the school environment. We run a trip to the gadget show at the Birmingham NEC where students get the opportunity to try out the latest ‘gadgets’ and watch the interactive presentation by the current presenters of the hit TV show.
Mr S Warren (Head of ICT)
Mr S Griffiths (ICT Teacher)
Miss A Ward (ICT Teacher)