Curriculum - Core ICT
Key Stage 3
Information & Communication Technology in Key Stage 3 consists of one lesson per week and students follow the Hodder Dynamic Learning Schemes of work. These are divided up into modules.
Module 1 Presenting Information - students will create a multimedia presentation using text, images and sound. They will evaluate the consistency and discuss the target audience of existing presentations.
Module 2 Selecting, Refining and Using Information – they will research information on the internet and design a multi-page brochure using desktop publishing software.
Module 3 Modelling – in this unit students will use some features in Excel to develop a functioning spreadsheet model. They will test their spreadsheet by creating a series of scenarios and recording the outcomes.
Module 4 Data Handling – this unit will teach students how to design a questionnaire to collect data. They will then use a database software package to design a unique database to store the records.
Module 5 Control – in this unit students will learn about flowcharts and how they can be linked into everyday processes such as making a cup of coffee. They will then learn how these processes can be used in programs such as Logo and Scratch.
Module 6 ICT in the Real World – this unit looks at the use of ICT in the wider world and discusses the important issues of how to stay safe when online by using the SMART rule.
Note – Grammar Stream students complete the year 8 syllabus
Module 1 Finding and Presenting Information – students will learn how to find suitable information, check the validity and then process what they have found to create a multimedia presentation.
Module 2 Web design and creation - students will review and evaluate existing websites, then go on to build their own interactive web page.
Module 3 Modelling – students will use spreadsheet software to design and create an interactive working spreadsheet model. They will use some more advanced functions of the software and create a test plan to evaluate their model.
Module 4 Data Handling – Students will create a database and input raw data. They will then interrogate the database to search for particular items of information.
Module 5 Control applications – students will use Scratch and use more complicated commands to make a game in Scratch.
Module 6 Wider Aspects of ICT – students will look at health and safety issues with regard to ICT and discuss the topic of online safety.
Key Stage 4
Years 9 - 10
GCSE - British Computer Society (BCS) ECDL
ECDL is proof of digital literacy. It is an internationally-recognised qualification, validated and approved by academic and global experts, and valued by employers around the world. Students are equipped with the skills to use a computer confidently and effectively, building on existing knowledge and motivating further learning.
Students study the units listed below -
- Word processing
- Improving productivity
Grammar Stream – Starting September 2014
Grammar Stream students have the option to complete a course in computer science. The computer Science course gets students working with real-world, practical programming techniques that give them a good understanding of what makes technology work.
The qualification is split into two components:
- Component 1 - Practical programming - is examined by controlled assessment.
- Component 2 - Computing fundamentals - is exam based.
The Current year 11 students are completing the OCR Nationals GCSE course. To achieve the full qualification students will need to complete 3 units of work, these are entitled – skills for business, multimedia presentations and creating computer graphics.
OCR nationals Unit 21
In this unit students will design and create elements for a website. They will analyse existing navigation bars, buttons and advertising banners and design and plan and make their own for a recycling website. After making their button in Serif Draw Plus, they will use Serif Web Plus to make a template for their website.
Option Course – Current Year 11
If you choose to do ICT as an option you will gain 2 GCSE’s and study the following units. This is an exciting opportunity to develop and enhance existing student skills and to give them the opportunity to explore the creative side of ICT.
In addition to units 1 and 4 on the Core ICT page you will complete units 2,5 & 7
Unit 2 – Website Design
In this unit we will design and create a website for a company, using Serif Web Plus. The website will include a number of different pictures, pages, links and information. You will also plan a number of different navigation bars and buttons which can be featured on your website.
Unit 5 - Desktop Publishing
In this unit we will create a full colour 8 page brochure combining text and graphics (including charts from a spreadsheet). Students will learn how create a house style, and use various advanced desktop publishing techniques. They will also write stories for the brochure and take photos to go with them.
Unit 7 – Database Design
In this unit you will design and manage a relational database for a client. You will demonstrate how to enter information, search for information, make a forms and reports and a user interface to make the database as user friendly as possible.