Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
The ICT department has developed a programme of study which reflects the transition to computing in the new National Curriculum. The scheme of work is modern, challenging and takes into account recent developments and current affairs in the subject. It also provides a firm foundation for further study at GCSE and beyond in ICT and computing, allowing pupils to develop an understanding in the design and implementation of computer systems, and understanding the principles underlying these designs.
New topics such as programming give students the opportunity to express their creativity and test their problem solving skills, as well as extend their learning independently by taking their work beyond the level of what is taught in the classroom.
Each year in Key Stage 3 pupils will study a number of distinct modules covering a variety of topics which will develop their technical understanding of computing. Pupils cover a wide-ranging programme of study which further develops skills learned at primary school as well as introducing a range of new ones. Pupils will develop a knowledge and understanding of website development, spreadsheets, animation, the fundamentals of computing and a range of Office applications. Pupils will also be educated in the wider social aspects of the subject, including how to use the internet safely. The curriculum is continually evolving as new technologies become available.
Throughout Key Stage 3, pupils will develop practical ICT and computing skills as well as team-work, communication, problem-solving, presentation skills and the ability to reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others.
In Year 7 pupils will study:
- E-safety and cyber bullying
- Health and safety in ICT
- Multimedia design
- Introduction to programming
Year 8 builds on the work in Year 7 and pupils will learn the following:
- How computers work (computer hardware and software)
- Website design
- Use of ICT within the business environment
- Developing programming skills
- Computer animation
- Emerging technologies
In Year 9 pupils are prepared for the Year 10 GCSE course by completing a set of projects which will allow them to acquire a range of skills and develop concepts including:
- Evaluating and designing web applications
- Producing and editing all types of media
- Spreadsheet modelling
- System design
- Computer components
- How software works
- Programming and software design
Details of any relevant websites and revision guides to support the qualification.
How will the KS3 curriculum prepare my child for life in modern Britain?
The KS3 curriculum aims to incorporate the application of ICT to everyday personal and business problems, including:
- Safe, effective personal use of ICT
- Secure use of social networking,
- Sharing of good quality, authored content
- Impact of ICT on society
- Effective use of core applications
Research shows that 77% of roles today require some element of ICT. This means that many employers are looking for people who are digitally literate. We all think that we’re digitally literate; we can use Facebook and know how to tweet, but there’s much more to applying ICT in the workplace. Employers are looking for people who are able to operate technology whether that’s inputting data, using a computer-based till, or producing information on a spreadsheet or word processing document.
Information about extra-curricular sessions and extended learning opportunities available to my child.
Extra-curricular sessions are held both at lunchtimes and after school. As well as this, the department run regular lunchtime ICT homework clubs, where pupils can make use of the ICT facilities to enhance their homework.
A number of pupils who have excelled in ICT have the opportunity to show off their skills in the School’s award-winning Animation Club. Competitions are entered into every year. In 2014, two pupils won the KS3 Best Overall Film Category in the Animate14 competition in Manchester.
Does my child need any specialist equipment for this subject?
The ICT department is well equipped with a range of equipment including desk top PCs in six dedicated suites, with all software necessary for studying ICT up to Key Stage 4. Pupils are able to log on anywhere in the school and access their work. All pupils have access to their own personal school e-mail address and Learning Platform area.
iPads are also available for pupils within ICT and across other curriculum areas. It is recognised that not all pupils will have access to technology at home, and pupils have the opportunity to utilise ICT suites at lunchtimes and after school to complete homework and further their knowledge through independent learning.