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Subject Leader ICT Miss C Shea
Mathematics Teachers Mr L Challenor
Mrs C Gouli

INTRODUCTION

Over the last few years there has been a dramatic change to the curriculum in ICT.  The subject has moved from having one main strand, to 3 equally important strands, which are ICT, Digital Literacy and Computer Science.  We prepare students for the ever changing technological environment.  We help students understand the pivotal role technology plays in the modern day world.

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP

Parents are encouraged to discuss the project topics and explain how technology has continually changed over the decades.  Commenting on the use of computers in daily life and how important they are will help students to see ICT as a skill that they cannot do without.  They can also ensure students complete their electronic homework, which is on either Doddle or SAM Learning - information about homework is recorded on Show My Homework.

COMPUTER SCIENCE / ICT AT KNOLE ACADEMY

ICT is a compulsory subject in Years 7 – 11; all students have at least one lesson per week.  Grammar stream will not have any traditional ICT lessons after the end of year 8, however, it is hoped that many pick option ICT or Computer Science GCSE when they select their options.

In years 7 and 8 there is an introduction to all 3 strands in the ICT/Computer Science curriculum, with more time being spent on Computer Science and Digital Literacy as the traditional ICT is embedded throughout the curriculum in other subjects.  Students will complete a number of different units ranging from multimedia to programming.

When students reach year 9, they will start their GCSE preparation - see the Key Stage 4 section below.

 

Key Stage 3

MODULES

The programme of study is split into a variety of different topics which link with all three strands.

Year 7 Term 1

Unit 1 - E-safety

Presentation Skills
Audience and Purpose
Information Reliability
E-safety - fundamentals

Year 7 Term 2

Unit 2 - Hardware and Networks

Computer Systems
Peripherals and Storage Devices
Networks Presentations
File Permissions and Security

Year 7 Term 3

Unit 3 - Creative project (animation)

Graphics - freehand, imported
Cartoon background creation
Cartoon/animated movie short making
Frame rates
'Onion skins'
Export animation as a video

Year 7 Term 4

Unit 4 - History of Computing

Computing icons past and present
History of Cryptography
Codebreaking
Encryption/Decryption
Vigenère, Ceaser and Pig Pen ciphers

Year 7 Term 5

Unit 5 - Scratch (1)


Game making
Sequencing instructions
Graphical imagery
Scoring
Iterations
Selection

Year 7 Term 6

Unit 6 - MS Office (1)

Word Processing
- Alphabet and number sorting
- Margins and line breaks
- Image grouping and hyperlinking
Presentations
- Slide transitions
- Slide animations
- Presentation styles

Year 8 Term 1

Unit 7 - MS Office (2)

Spreadsheets
- Building a model
- Interpreting results
- Modelling with spreadsheets
- Average, Sum, Max and Min
- Conditional formatting

Year 8 Term 2

Unit 8 - Systems and flow control

System lifecycle
Control devices
Procedures
Sequencing
Sensors
Systems design and user-centred design

Year 8 Term 3

Unit 9 - Python Programming

Introduction to Programming with Python
Programming basics
Sequences
Selection
Iteration
Raspberry Pi

Year 8 Term 4

Unit 10 - Scratch (2)

Event Driven Programming
Broadcasting
Control
Sensing
Scratch Project

Year 8 Term 5

Unit 11 - Web Design

Create a website
HTML basics
Further HTML
Publishing on the web
Blogs and wikis
Internet Broadcasting

Year 8 Term 6

Unit 12 - Multimedia products

Combining images
Combining movie clips
Combining sound clips
Video editing
Narration
Thumbnail creation

Key Stage 4

YEAR 9 CORE ICT

Examination Board: OCR
Course Title: Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia are media sector-focused, including film, television, web development, gaming and animation, and have IT at their heart.  They provide knowledge in a number of keys areas in this field from pre-production skills to digital animation and have a motivating, hands-on approach to both teaching and learning.  Cambridge Nationals deliver skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things.

To complete the certificate you need to complete 4 units.

UNIT

ASSESSMENT METHOD

MANDATORY
OPTIONAL

WEIGHTING

RO81: Pre-Production skills

Exam - Written paper 1 hour 15 minutes

Mandatory

25%

RO82: Creating digital graphics

Coursework

Mandatory

25%

RO85: Creating a multipage website

Coursework

Optional

25%

RO89: Creating a digital video sequence

Coursework

Optional

25%


WHAT COULD THIS QUALIFICATION LEAD TO?

The qualification will enable learners to acquire a range of transferrable skills and knowledge which are highly regarded by employers.  This qualification will lead to a wide range of general and vocational qualifications for students.
 

YEAR 9 OPTION ICT (GRAMMAR ONLY)

Students will complete 2 different GCSE qualifications the one they are currently working on is listed below

Examination Board: OCR
Course Title: Level 1/2 Cambridge National Diploma in Creative iMedia

Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia are media sector-focused, including film, television, web development, gaming and animation, and have IT at their heart.  They provide knowledge in a number of keys areas in this field from pre-production skills to digital animation and have a motivating, hands-on approach to both teaching and learning.  Cambridge Nationals deliver skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things.

To complete the certificate you need to complete 4 units.

 

UNIT

ASSESSMENT METHOD

MANDATORY OPTIONAL

WEIGHTING

RO81: Pre-Production skills

Exam Written paper 1 hour 15 minutes

Mandatory

25%

RO82: Creating digital graphics

Coursework

Mandatory

25%

RO85: Creating a multipage website

Coursework

Optional

25%

RO89: Creating a digital video sequence

Coursework

Optional

25%


WHAT COULD THIS QUALIFICATION LEAD TO?

The qualification will enable learners to acquire a range of transferable skills and knowledge which are highly regarded by employers.  This qualification will lead to a wide range of general and vocational qualifications for students.

YEAR 11

GCSE EQUIVALENT - CIDA

CIDA Certificate in Digital Applications is evidence 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 -

Mandatory:

  • Developing Web Products

Optional:

  • Creative Multimedia
     

AIMS OF THE COURSE

This qualification aims to:

  • Equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to design and make, effective digital products for others to use
  • Enable students to use digital tools as a means of expression to inform, persuade and entertain
  • Foster students' creativity and develop their independent learning skills
  • Challenge students to reflect on what they produce and strive for excellence
  • Increase students' awareness of their responsibilities in the digital world and their respect of other people's rights
  • Equip students with professional, real-world skills in planning, project management and communication
  • Give students the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to support future learning and exploit the creative digital industries.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications 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.

ASSESSMENT

The Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA) is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH) and comprises two units, one of which, Unit 1:- Developing Web Products, is mandatory and the other is Unit 2:- Creative Multimedia

Unit 1 - Developing Web Products: 

This unit aims to give the learner the knowledge and skills needed to produce an attention grabbing web products using web authoring software, multimedia assets and navigation features. Learners will demonstrate their ability to design, build and test a web product in a practical computer-based examination set by Pearson.

Audience and purpose - Client briefs and the project lifecycle, Website Structure and Consistency, Composition and page design, Webpage Accessibility, Web Content selection and preparation, Coding, using HTML, Systematic functionality, Testing and Evaluation.

Unit 2 - Creative Multimedia: 

This unit aims to give the learner the skills to use the tools and techniques provided by multimedia authoring software to design and create effective multimedia products for specified purposes and audiences.

Investigating multimedia products, Designing multimedia products, collecting and creating digital assets, Developing, multimedia products, Prototyping and testing, Distribution, Product review, Presenting multimedia products in an ePortfolio, Standard ways of working.

The qualification grade will be determined by the average score across both the mandatory exam based unit and the optional assessed summative project based

GRADING STRUCTURE
The Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications is a graded qualification. The grading structure provided is A*, A, B and C.GRADING STRUCTURE

Key Stage 5

YEAR 12 BRIDGING COURSE

ICT

OCR LEVEL 2 CAMBRiDGE TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE IN IT (05883)

This qualification is for learners of 16 years old and over who want to study IT.  The qualification allows them to study IT in a context that enables them to learn and be assessed in ways that are practical and relevant to the IT sector.  It will provide them with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress onto employment, either directly or through an Apprenticeship (i.e IT Users, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals) or a Level 3 Tech Level qualification in the IT and computing sector 

WHAT DOES THIS QUALIFICATION COVER?

The qualification is designed to be taken as part of a study programme alongside other vocational qualifications or GCSE's.  Everyone will take the following two externally assessed mandatory units:

  • Essentials of IT
  • Essentials of cyber security

These units will provide learners with the core knowledge and understanding that underpins all other internally assessed units.  Essentials of IT provides them with an overview of the IT sector as they develop their knowledge of hardware, software, installing and upgrading processes, the use of the World Wide Web and the benefits of using IT in business.  Essentials of cyber security reflects the increasing importance of this issue in IT related activities and enables them to understand possible cyber threats and how these can be managed.

In addition, learners will take one other mandatory unit - Unit 17 Using Data Analysis Software and Unit 16 Using Social Media Channels for Business, these are coursework based. 

WHAT COULD THIS QUALIFICATION LEAD TO?

The qualification will enable learners to acquire a range of transferable skills and knowledge which are highly regarded by employers.  This qualification will lead to specific job roles which include: Digital Administrator, Digital Marketing Assistant and Junior Business Analyst.  This qualification is part of a suite of Cambridge Technicals in IT at Levels 2 and 3.  There are no formal entry or prior learning requirements for this qualification. The direct link to the course can be found at http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/vocational-education-and-skills/cambridge-technicals-it-level-2-2016-suite/?qualtype_key=cambridge-techincals/

 

YEar 13

ICT

CAMBRIDGE TECHNICAL INTRODUCTORY DIPLOMA IN IT - A LEVEL EQUIVALENT

Examination Board: OCR
Entry Requirements: Five or more GCSE qualifications at grade C or above including English, Maths and ICT (if studied in year 11)
Length of course: Two years to gain the full qualification (A Level equivalent)

ASSESSMENT

Students must complete a portfolio of evidence for all of the coursework units in order to achieve the qualification. Assignments and coursework are tailored to fit real world situations.  For each coursework unit, the student will prepare a portfolio of assignment evidence that shows that they have met the stated assessment criteria.  Depending on the unit the work is either marked and moderated by the academy or the examination board.  The evidence may be wide ranging and include multimedia presentations, web pages, written reports, posters or verbal questioning.  This course does also include exams marked externally.

PROGRESSION ROUTES

Information Technology combines well with many other subjects and the choice will largely be determined by the longer term aim of the student.  This course supplements the computing course and can be taken in addition to computing as they are two different courses.

The Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT gives students a choice of progression options.  Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees or into relevant employment.

 

HOW IS THE COURSE ORGANISED?

The final grade awarded at the end of the second year - the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT - is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.  The course is fully accredited for UCAS points.

Breakdown of the qualification
Total qualification consists of 5 units

  • 3 of 5 units are mandatory content (67%)
  • 2 of 5 units are marked externally (50%)

 

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

 

The Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT is equivalent to one A level.  Three mandatory core units must be completed plus two optional units to achieve the full qualification.

UNIT NAME

MANDATORY OPTIONAL

TYPE

WEIGHTING

1. Fundamentals of IT

Mandatory

Exam (marked externally)

25%

2. Global information

Mandatory

Exam (marked externally)

25%

7. Data analysis and design

Mandatory

Coursework (marked internally)

17%

13. Social media and digital marketing

Optional

Coursework (marked internally)

17%

17. Internet of Everything

Optional

Coursework (marked internally)

17%

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