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ICT and Computing

Overview


The ICT and Computing Department is situated within the Lune Building and has two dedicated computer suites to accommodate all timetabled lessons. Each room is equipped with 30 PCs, interactive whiteboards and projectors, Internet and email access and a range of software suites including Microsoft Office and Macromedia. Two other computer suites are available for other subject areas via a booking system.

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

 

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum has been written by staff members to satisfy the new National Curriculum for Computing. In Years 7, 8 and 9 students are taught in mixed ability groups.  Year 7 have three lessons a fortnight while Years 8 and 9 have Two lessons.  There is an option for Year 9 to choose Computer Science where they learn the fundamental skills if they decide to pursue the subject at KS4.  This comprises of four lessons a fortnight. Our aim is that students become independent learners and confident users of ICT and Computing within a range of software programs where skills can be transferred and used in a variety of other subject disciplines. Students are encouraged to progress and develop their knowledge and understanding in a variety of units including programming, graphics, animation, DTP, web design, spreadsheets, databases, app development, game design and extended projects. Students are assessed in their work via a range of different methods.

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

 

At Key Stage 4 students will have the opportunity to study ONE of Edexcel GCSE ICT or OCR GCSE Computing.

 

GCSE ICT

For Key Stage 4 ICT we follow the Edexcel syllabus of work.

 

In Year 10 students study the theory topics of ‘Let’s communicate’, ‘On the move’ and ‘Entertain me – what to buy’. Controlled Assessment takes place with assessment of gathering information, developing digital products and spreadsheet modelling.

 

In Year 11 students complete the remaining theory including ‘Smart working’, ‘Shopping experience!’ and ‘Let’s revise! Health and well-being’ whilst completing the remaining Controlled Assessment with designs, digital products and evaluation of the project.

 

Classes are mixed ability based on option block choices and all assessment is finalised at the end of the two year course.

 

The full GCSE is assessed as follows: · Unit 1: written examination (Living in a digital world) worth 40% · Unit 2: controlled assessment (Using digital tools) worth 60%

 

For further information please visit

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse10/ict/Pages/default.aspx

 

GCSE COMPUTING

 

9-1 Specification (New)

 

Students have the opportunity to study GCSE Computing at Key Stage 4 where we use the OCR exam board. In Year 10 students study the theory topics of ‘Algorithms’, ‘Programming Techniques‘ and ‘Producing Robust Programs’, ‘Translators and Facilities’ and ‘Data Representation’.   NEA practice takes place with assessment of a sample exam board set assignment which involves independent research. Students also learn a variety of skills in programming using Python.

 

Classes are mixed ability based on option block choices and all assessment is finalised at the end of the two year course.

 

The full GCSE is assessed as follows:

Comp1: written examination worth 40%

Comp2: written examination worth 40%

Comp3: NEA worth 40%

 

A*- G Specification (Current)

 

In Year 11 students complete the remaining theory including ‘Data representation in computers’, Fundamentals of Computer Systems’, ‘Software’ and ‘Networks’ whilst completing the second Controlled Assessment with the practical programming assignment using Python.

 

Classes are mixed ability based on option block choices and all assessment is finalised at the end of the two year course.

 

The full GCSE is assessed as follows:

Unit A451: written examination (Computer systems and programming) worth 40%

Unit A452: controlled assessment (Practical investigation) worth 30%

Unit A453: controlled assessment (Programming project) worth 30%

 

For further information please visit

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computing-j275-from-2012/

 

Homework and Extra Curricular

 

In Key Stage 3 homework will be set to consolidate learning within the classroom and to encourage students to research and prepare for forthcoming units of work.

 

In Key Stage 4 students will be expected to extend their knowledge of theory within the option GCSE pathway that they have chosen. Due to controlled assessment regulations, where all work is undertaken within the class room, homework for this part of the course is restricted to designs, research and recapping of key skills.

The L4 ICT suite is available on a daily basis at lunchtimes for students who wish to further progress within the subject and who may require additional support. Guidance is also available on an after school basis where students can arrange appropriate timings with teachers to suit their needs.


"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."

- Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943

 

"At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.

- Anonymous

 

"There is no reason anyone in the right state of mind will want a computer in their home."

- Ken Olson, President of Digital Equipment Corp, 1977

 

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