ICT

We aim:

  • To develop and stimulate students' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in ICT and to encourage them to have open, enquiring minds and to perceive ICT in the context of a wider body of knowledge, skills and concepts with a safety first attitude. Students should ideally become autonomous users of ICT with the associated skills supporting life long study, the pursuit of personal interests and prospective employment in a modern technological society.
  • To enable students to acquire appropriate, transferable computing and ICT skills. All staff in all departments should then feel confident that students have a basic level of computing and ICT capability which can be applied to students' learning across the curriculum. Students should feel confident enough with their transferable skills that they are encouraged to use unfamiliar software when appropriate.
  • To enable students to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as safety awareness, politeness, perseverance, concern for others, initiative and independence.
  • To understand the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.

ICT Resources

  • Three specialist ICT rooms.
  • Four smaller ICT suites in other subject areas.
  • Three mobile wireless cabinets.
  • A wide range of appropriate hardware and software for use across the school.

Curriculum

In years 7, 8 and 9, ICT is taught to all students. We follow the National Curriculum for Computing and ICT.

The curriculum focuses on understanding computer systems and developing the capacity to create content, programmes and systems. It also covers a wide range of ICT uses and applications. An emphasis on developing students’ computing and ICT capability and creativity is critical throughout. Skills, knowledge and understanding of the subject are developed to enable students to make effective progress both in terms of their computing qualifications and their wider use of ICT.

In years 10 and 11, Computing and ICT is taught as part of the options system for students.

Cambridge National Qualification in Creative iMedia – J817

Cambridge Nationals qualifications have full equivalence with GCSEs and are offered as part of our options programme. They take an engaging and practical approach to learning and the use of digital devices in society. Three themes are covered in Business, Creative and Technical tasks. There are projects in Web Design, Graphics, Animation and a 1 hour exam.

Accreditation: Students must work to specific criteria and grades will be given at:

  • Pass
  • Merit
  • Distinction
  • Distinction Star

GCSE Computer Science (9-1) J276

This GCSE qualification is offered as part of our options programme. This is a challenging course and students need to be very able mathematicians and have a keen interest in how computers work, programming and creating systems. Accreditation: Students must work to specific criteria and grades will be awarded at Grades 9 to 1.

Qualification

OCR Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia –J817

OCR Computing – J276 – 9-1

Board

OCR

OCR

Syllabus number

J817

J276

Website link

www.ocr.org.uk

www.ocr.org.uk

Assessment details: ie 50% terminal exam

4 units 25% each. One unit is an exam.

2 written exams  - 80%
Controlled Assessment Programming - 20%

Coursework details

This course focuses on ability and understanding of how to use a computer.

This course is for students who show a keen interest in building, networking and programming computers.

Recommended coursebook if appropriate

OCR Cambridge National ICT Hodder

Computing GCSE Hodder

Recommended revision guides

OCR Cambridge National ICT Hodder

Computing GCSE Hodder

Extra-Curricular

We are an active department offering a range of opportunities. Workshops run after school every day to help students complete coursework and meet deadlines when required.

Lunchtime and after-school clubs: The ICT suites are open every lunch time and after school to allow students to work on coursework and homework. The lunchtime sessions are run by a team of ICT prefects, who not only organise and supervise the students, but also support them in their learning and help them complete tasks. After school sessions are supervised by ICT teaching staff and subject specific staff when necessary.

Ofsted Outstanding School
Peak 11
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