Key Stage 3 Curriculum
In Key Stage 3 all students have ICT core skill lessons where they are taught new ICT skills and are given the opportunities to develop their ICT capability and be assessed as described in the Programmes of Study and QCA scheme of work.
Year 7 have one ICT 100 minute lesson over two weeks and cover use of the network facilities, Multimedia presentations, researching skills, graphics, desktop publishing and the use of spreadsheets for organising and presenting data in a variety of contexts.
Year 8 have one ICT 100 minute lesson over two weeks. This concentrates on using and creating databases, control technology, designing a website and extending the students knowledge of spreadsheets.
Year 9 have one ICT 100 minute lesson over two weeks in which they learn to develop and integrate their ICT skills with the use of financial spreadsheet modelling, customer databases, packaging design and promotional material in a small business project. This is followed by web site design.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
Our current Key Stage 4 students are working towards a single GCSE in ICT with the EDEXCEL exam board.
The scheme of assessment for the Full course consists of Coursework Components (60%) and a terminal examination (40%).
Year 10 and 11 students follow the OCR Computer Science Specification.
In year 10 students undertake 2 programming pieces of coursework, one based in python and the other in HTML and Java Script. Each piece of coursework is worth 30%.
During year 11 the students develop their theoretical knowledge of computer systems and programming culminating a written exam paper(40%).
We follow the WJEC GCE ICT qualification
Over the 2 years students complete 4 modules of work. Theses are;
IT1: Information Systems:
Topics covered in this unit include:
- Data, information, knowledge and processing
- The value and importance of information
- Quality of information
- Validation and verification
- Capabilities and limitations of ICT
- Uses of ICT
- Presenting Information
- Human Computer Interface
Section B of the exam paper requires studnets to create a spreadsheet prior to the exam and answer questions based on their spreadsheet.
IT2: Presenting Information
This unit requires candidates to use ICT hardware and software applications to solve
a problem involving three separate tasks: the production of (i) a document such as a
leaflet or magazine (ii) a document containing automated routines, such as a mail
merged letter. (iii) a presentation to an audience, such as a web page or slide type
IT3: Use and impact of ICT
- This module covers communications between computers and interactions between humans and computers.
- The convergence of communications technology and information technology and their impact on society, commerce and industry is an integral part of the module.
IT4: ICT Project
- The project is a substantial piece of work requiring analysis and design over an extended period of time, allowing candidates to demonstrate their skills to
- analyse a problem,
- design a solution to a problem,
- develop a software solution and test,
- document and evaluate the solution