ICT

Welcome to the ICT Department

The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life. ICT capability encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. ICT capability is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society.

ICT can be used to find, develop, analyse and present information, as well as to model situations and solve problems. ICT enables rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures, and allows pupils to collaborate and exchange information on a wide scale. ICT acts as a powerful force for change in society and citizens should have an understanding of the social, ethical, legal and economic implications of its use, including how to use ICT safely and responsibly. Increased capability in the use of ICT supports initiative and independent learning, as pupils are able to make informed judgements about when and where to use ICT to enhance their learning and the quality of their work.

Key Stage 3

The curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to:

  1. Understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  2. Undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging foals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users
  3. Create, re-use, revise and re-purpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability
  4. Understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibility and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns

At Key Stage 3 pupils will undertake the following Units of work to build and develop their current ICT skills:

Year 7/8

Year 9

 E-safety

Computer Basics (History)

Digital Literacy

Digital Creativity (Faking It)

Spreadsheets

Moviemaker

Computer Crime & Cyber Security

Database

Spreadsheets

Animation

Graphics

Digital Literacy

 Understanding computers

Database

Website

Scratch Programming

Intro to Python Programming

Myths Busters

Key Stage 4

The curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to:

  1. Develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in Information & Creative Technology
  2. Understand how changes in technology affect safety, including new ways to protect their online privacy and identity, and how to identify and report a range of concerns
  3. make choices about when and where it is appropriate to exploit technology to support them in other areas of learning and everyday life
  4. work creatively and collaboratively, taking different roles in teams
  5. be independent, discriminating and reflective when choosing when to use technology
  6. use ICT to manage themselves, their work and their learning
  7. apply ICT to real-world situations when solving problems and carrying out a range of tasks and  enquiries
  8. use initiative to find out about and exploit the potential of more advanced or new ICT tools and information sources
  9. evaluate their experiences of using ICT, considering the range of its uses and its significance to individuals, communities and society
  10. use ICT in other subjects and areas of learning with contexts that are relevant and interesting to them

At Key Stage 4 pupils will undertake the following qualifications to build and develop their current ICT skills:

  • Edexcel Functional Skills Level 2
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 1/2 First Certificate in Information & Creative Technology

Edexcel Functional Skills in ICT – Level 2 (Information & Communication Technology)

Functional Skills pupils must undertake practical tasks under controlled assessment conditions (2 hours). The tasks are based on improving skills and learning problem-solving techniques.

Functional Skills qualifications in ICT will help pupils work more confidently in their chosen field after leaving school.

Year 11s will be studying Edexcel Functional Skills at Level 2

Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Certificate in Information & Creative Technology

The BTEC First is to:

  • inspire and enthuse pupils to become technology savvy – producers of technology products and systems, rather than just consumers of them
  • give pupils the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of, and skills in, the Information Technology sector and some aspects of the creative industries, e.g. computer games development
  • give pupils the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the Information Technology sector and some aspects of the creative industries.

Junior job roles include:

  • Website Content Manager
  • Computer Animator
  • Graphic Designer

Year 10s will be studying Edexcel BTEC Level 1/2 First Certificate in Information & Creative Technology and will complete the following units over 2 years:

Core/mandatory

Optional Specialist

Unit 1 The Online World

Unit 2 Technology Systems

Unit 3 A Digital Portfolio

 Unit 4 Creating Digital Animation

Unit 6 Creating Digital Graphics

Unit 9 Spreadsheet Development

Unit 10 Database Development

Unit 13 Website Development