ICT

Overview of ICT

Students have one period a week studying the fundamentals of ICT. Through these lessons will give the students the building blocks needed to become competent ICT users. In Year 7 students will be introduced to the Microsoft suite, by using this suite they will develop a range of different skills to help prepare them for the next stage of study.

In Year 8 and 9 students will be introduced to the concept of media and the role that ICT plays in the creation of this. Students will use industry standard software to develop websites, animations and edit imagery. These schemes of work will be the foundations needed to help students be successful at Key Stage 4, if they continue their journey with ICT. Students will also be introduced to some programming techniques and will be taught how to use computational thinking to solve a wide range of problems. These skills can also be applied to other aspects of life.

Overview of KS4 ICT

In Year 10 and 11 students will follow the OCR Cambridge National in iMedia. This course is split into 4 units and these units are weighted at 25% each. 3 of the 4 units will be coursework based and the final unit will be an exam that will be sat at the end of year 11.

The course covers a wide range of skills that students will be exposed to, these include:

The theory based exam will also look at the key aspects of media and how this is implemented in the real world.

SMSC

In Key Stage 3 and 4 students will cover units of work teaching them about the dangers of using the Internet, along with how to reduce these dangers by becoming safe practitioners of ICT. They are exposed to the impact of cyber bullying and how they can report abuse. Students will also learn about the different legislation in relation to ICT such as, Copyright Law (especially relevant for downloading music, games and films), Data Protection Act and the Computer Misuse Act (consequences of hacking and use of malicious software).

They will be taught about the role social media plays in society. Through these teachings they will be shown how negative use of this medium can be used to change the thought process of individuals in a destructive and confrontational way. Students will explore the morale and social implications of this type of negative use.

Homework

Students study a wide range of topics in KS3. This includes Microsoft Office along with a number of different editing packages and programming tools. Homework is set to support the students learning and develop their understanding further. No student should ever feel they cannot access the curriculum so to help make every student feel confident with this, ICT staff are always willing to support students out of class time at the end of the school day.

In KS4 homework will mainly be based around coursework and ensuring that this is up to the correct standard. Students will be set homework tasks that will support them with the successful completion of this section of the course. Towards the examination period students will be supported with revision tasks that will allow them to successfully complete the exam unit of the course.