ICT

Year 7

During the autumn term students will learn a range of ways to use information technology safely, responsibly and respectfully. Following this they will learn to create a website for an identified purpose. Spring term will see students completing their projects on spreadsheet modelling, game design and will develop their computational thinking. During summer term students will learn computational abstractions and learn the behaviour of real world systems. They will conclude the year by learning how to use effective search criteria including Boolean logic when searching the internet.

Year 8

During the autumn term students learn a range of ways to use information technology safely and responsibly. Spring term sees students learning how to use HTML, CSS and Java Script to create a website. Following this students complete an advanced game design project to develop computational thinking and logical reasoning. In the summer term students learn how to analyse and evaluate data and information and learn to make judgements about accuracy of the data they use. They also learn about the relational databases and the benefits of storing data in multiple fields.

Year 9

At the beginning of the autumn term students learn a range of ways to use information technology safely and responsibly. Following this, students start the topics ICT in Today’s World and Exchanging Information. During the spring term, students study how ICT tools are used to present and share information, data manipulation, keeping data secure and safe. Students also look at legal, social, ethical and environmental issues when using ICT. Summer term sees students developing their knowledge in technical aspects of ICT such as setting up systems, making adjustments, troubleshooting etc. Following that students study the topic ICT and Modern Living where they investigate how ICT systems have changed the way people go about their daily lives. During the second half of the summer term students learn the skills required for controlled assessments.

Year 10

During the autumn term students complete one of their two controlled assessment tasks, Practical Applications of ICT, which counts as 30% towards the final GCSE grade. Following on from this, students prepare for their second controlled assessment. The spring term sees students completing their second controlled assessment – Creative use of ICT – which also counts as 30% towards the final GCSE grade. During the summer term students concentrate on preparing for their mock exams.

Year 11

Students complete controlled assessment tasks on Creative use of ICT during the autumn term. This is followed in the spring term by the completion of Practical Applications of ICT controlled assessment. During the summer term students prepare for their GCSE exams and revisit theories they have studied and learn how to answer exam style questions.