Computing and ICT

Aims

We strive to plan and deliver a curriculum that is enriched and relevant to the technologically advanced world we live in today.

We aim to prepare all students to thrive in an increasingly digital world. Our key aim is to develop our students’ understanding of Computing theory and their ability to solve problems using computational tools. Students learn how computers and telecommunications equipment work, and how they may be applied to the storage, retrieval, transmission and manipulation of data. By the end of Key Stage 3, all students should effectively, responsibly, and safely use a range of digital technologies.

Teaching and Learning

Lessons contain a range of learning activities to encourage students to become independent learners.  Students work collaboratively to solve problems and to develop their knowledge and understanding through the acquisition of key skills.  All lessons consist of a mixture of teacher demonstrations, student exploration, questioning and discussion and reflection on what has been learned.  Lessons are differentiated to cater for teaching and learning needs of all our students.

Assessment for learning                            

Assessment and student progress is at the centre of what we do in the classroom. Formal assessment takes place at the end of each unit through both a written test and assessment of class work. We believe students should be aware of how well they are doing and what they need to do in order to improve. Students’ work is marked regularly and our lessons incorporate directed improvement and reflection time for students to receive teacher’s written feedback and act on it to improve their work. Opportunities are also provided for students to assess their own and others’ work.  We believe our students should be reflective and aware of how they can improve their own work.

Home Learning

The department sets homework regularly for all year groups.  Homework will normally require the use of the computer and students will need to use IT rooms during lunch to complete work if access to a computer is not available at home.  Homework tasks are designed to help students reinforce key concepts, process and solidify new information, provide time for extra practice of skills, and reflect on how much they've learned. Students select tasks from a “homework menu” with a variety of tasks with varying levels of difficulty.

Show my Homework – all home learning activities will be published by individual staff members on the Show My Homework website which can be found by following the link on the school’s homepage. Students and parents can access this through their accounts or by filtering the results.

Equipment

Students are issued with a folder where they file all their work including written feedback from the teacher.  These are kept in school.  Students are expected to have a USB memory stick for backing up all their work and transferring files between school and the home computer when necessary.

 

Key Stage 3

Computing

Programme of Study

Year

Autumn term

Spring term

Summer term

7

E-safety

Algorithms

Spreadsheet Modelling

How the Internet works

Information reliability

 Game design using Scratch

Programming the BBC Micro:bit

Image editing

Assessments

Students complete a test at the end of every unit. 

Students complete a test at the end of every unit. 

Students complete a test at the end of every unit. 

End of year examination

8

Computer Hardware and software

Sound manipulation using Audacity

Programming with Python

Web development

 

Computer networks

 Binary and logic

 

 

Assessments

Students complete a test at the end of every unit. 

Students complete a test at the end of every unit. 

Students complete a test at the end of every unit. 

End of year examination

 

Additional Information

Year 7 and 8 are encouraged to join the Coding club which runs every Thursday at lunch time. 

As part of our enrichment program, all year 8 students take part in the annual Computational Thinking Challenge run by University of Oxford.

ICT rooms are open at lunch times for Years 7 to 11.  Students are free to come in and use IT facilities.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Key websites

Encourage your daughter to use the following websites to read around the topics they cover in school.

WWW.TEACH-ICT.COM

HTTP://WWW.BBC.CO.UK/EDUCATION/SUBJECTS/ZVC9Q6F

WWW.CODECADEMY.COM

WWW.COMPUTINGATSCHOOL.ORG.UK

HTTP://WWW.PYTHONSCHOOL.NET/

Practical help

It is vital for parents to support their children in the use of ICT in a productive and safe manner. This helps to support their learning and achievement across the whole curriculum.

TV/Radio programmes

The gadget show – The gadget show is a Channel 5 series which focuses on consumer technology.

BBC Click - Click is the BBC’s flagship technology programme. And can be found across five BBC channels.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mr Guchu (Head of Computing and ICT), Ms Naqavi or Ms Terrelonge

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE ICT

Programme of Study

Year 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel GCSE ICT syllabus. The current Year 10 is the last group to do this qualification as it has now been discontinued following the reforms carried out by the government.

Specification number: 2IT01

Link to the specification website :

HTTP://QUALIFICATIONS.PEARSON.COM/EN/QUALIFICATIONS/EDEXCEL-GCSES/ICT-2010.HTML

 

Year 10

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World

Accounts for 40% of the overall GCSE and is tested by an hour and a half written exam. The exam consists of a variety of question styles, multiple choice, short answer, extended writing and open response. The exam will include personal digital devices, connectivity, operating online, online goods and services, online communities and issues associated with the use ICT

 

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools

This unit accounts for 60% of the overall GCSE and is tested by Controlled Assessment.

Year 11

 

Accreditation Structure

The written examination accounts for 40% of the overall GCSE grade.

The controlled assessment accounts for 60%.  The controlled assessment is based on a controlled assessment brief from Edexcel.  The assessment is internally marked and externally moderated by Edexcel.

Additional Information

Revision: After school revision sessions.  Breakfast revision leading up to the final examination.

Clinics: Lunch time and after school support clinics arranged for written examinations and controlled assessments.

Careers guidance: Discussion with ICT teachers and the careers advisor.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Key websites

WWW.TEACH-ICT.COM

HTTP://WWW.BBC.CO.UK/EDUCATION/LEVELS/Z98JMP3

Practical help

Ensuring students have quiet space for revision and access to the internet so that students can access resources in school from home.

Examination technique

Revise using the Revision Guide and Revision Workbook provided by the department.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mr Guchu (Head of Computing and ICT), Ms Naqavi or Ms Terrelonge

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE Computer Science

Programme of Study

Year 9 follow the OCR GCSE Computer Science syllabus.

Link to the specification website :

HTTP://WWW.OCR.ORG.UK/QUALIFICATIONS/GCSE-COMPUTER-SCIENCE-J276-FROM-2016/

 

Year 9

Introduction to Computer Systems

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Systems software

Introduction to computational thinking, algorithms and programming

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques

Year 10

Computer systems

  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation
  • Further programming

Year 11

Programming project

  • Programming techniques
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Testing and evaluation and conclusions

Exam revision and preparation

Accreditation Structure

Computer systems

Written examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes and marked out of 80.

40% of total GCSE

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Written examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes and marked out of 80.

40% of total GCSE

Programming project

Non-exam Assessment totalling 20 hours; internally assessed and externally moderated by OCR. Marked out of 40

20% of total GCSE

Additional Information

Revision: After school revision sessions.  Breakfast revision leading up to the final examination.

Clinics: Lunch time and after school support clinics arranged for written examinations.

Careers guidance: Discussion with ICT teachers and the careers advisor.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Key websites

HTTP://WWW.TEACH-ICT.COM/2016/GCSE_COMPUTING/OCR_J276/OCR_J276_HOME.HTML

WWW.CODECADEMY.COM

HTTP://WWW.PYTHONSCHOOL.NET/

Practical help

Ensuring students have quiet space for revision and access to the internet so that students can access resources in school from home.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mr Guchu (Head of Computing and ICT), Ms Naqavi or Ms Terrelonge

 

Key Stage 5

A Level ICT

Programme of Study

Students follow the AQA A level ICT Syllabus. The last exams for this qualification will be written in summer 2018.

Specification number: 2520

Link to the specification website :

HTTP://WWW.AQA.ORG.UK/SUBJECTS/ICT-AND-COMPUTER-SCIENCE/AS-AND-A-LEVEL/INFORMATION-AND-COMMUNICATION-TECHNOLOGY-2520

Year 12

AS Unit 1- INFO1:Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World

Through practical experience in using a range of applications software students will gain an understanding of how ICT systems are developed and apply the skills, knowledge and understanding gained, to solve IT problems.

 AS Unit 2 - INFO2: Living in the Digital World

This unit provides an understanding of the basic terms and concepts involved in the study of ICT and a wider view of the role and function of ICT in general.  The various issues arising from the use of ICT, which affect individuals, society and organisations are also explored.

Year 13

A2 Unit 3 - INFO3: The Use of ICT in the Digital World

The main focus of this unit is on the use and management of ICT in organisations, both large and small.

 A2 Unit 4 - INFO4: Coursework

In this unit, students address a significant business problem to create and document a real-world ICT solution in consultation with end users.  Most candidates create relational database solutions to assist users in operational tasks and generate management information.

Accreditation Structure

 

Unit

Assessment

Length

Weighting

AS Unit 1- INFO1

Written examination

1 hour 30 mins

50% of AS level

 25% of A level

AS Unit 2 - INFO2

Written examination

1 hour 30 mins

50% of AS level

 25% of A level

A2 Unit 3 - INFO3

Written examination

2 hours

30% of A level

A2 Unit 4 - INFO4: 

Extended coursework project

Internally marked and externally moderated by AQA.

 

20% of A level. 

 

Additional Information

Trips: One trip to attend A level ICT conference in London

Revision: After school revision session.  Weekend revision webinars to ensure full preparation for written examination.

Clinics: Lunch time and after school support clinics to support students with exam preparation and completion of coursework.

Careers guidance: Discussion with ICT teachers

UCAS: Teachers will support students with personal statements and provide written references.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Key websites:

WWW.TEACH-ICT.COM

Practical help: Ensuring students have quiet space for studying and access to the internet so that students can access resources in school from home.

TV/Radio programmes: The Gadget Show – The Gadget Show is a Channel 5 series which focuses on consumer technology.

BBC Click - Click is the BBC’s flagship technology programme. And can be found across five BBC channels.

Examination technique: Revise using past exam papers and mark schemes available on Moodle and the school network.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Mr Guchu (Head of Computing and ICT), Ms Naqavi or Ms Terrelonge

  • The Jack Petchey Foundation
  • Specialist Schools Trust
  • Sport England
  • Church of England Affiliation Scheme
  • The Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Healthy Schools
  • LIFE Education
  • Ofsted Good