Years 7 and 8 have ICT lessons as part of the core curriculum. They currently have one one-hour lessons per week. They follow a programme related to the new Key Stage 3 National Computing Curriculum. The emphasis is on developing practical and organisational skills in preparation for their future courses.
Topics covered in year 7 include;
- Digital Literacy
- Introduction to Programming – Scratch
- Modelling and control
Topics which are covered in year 8 include:
- Programming – Python
- Research project – Effective Boolean operators
- Computer Systems
- Modelling and control
Homework is given as appropriate and includes research and design tasks.
Currently in Year 9 they have the option of taking a one year ICT course to GCSE standard. The course offered is a Cambridge National Certificate in ICT. This course includes the following Units of work;
Unit 1 – Understanding computer systems – 1 hour written exam
Unit 2 – Using ICT to create business solutions – controlled assignment
Unit 5 – Creating an interactive product using multimedia components.
Unit 7 – Creating an interactive product using sound and vision.
Each unit is equally weighted (25%)
In Upper School, all students are able to choose Computing as one of the options to study in Years 10 and 11. They have an additional 5 lessons per week and complete a GCSE in Computing.
The OCR computing course is made up of three components:
Unit A451: Computer systems and programming
This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the examination will be based.
1 hour 30 minutes Written paper (80 marks) with a 40% weighting
Unit A452: Practical investigation
An investigative computing task, chosen from a list provided by OCR, Controlled assessment which assesses the following: research, technical understanding, analysis of problem, historical perspective, use of technical writing skills, Recommendations /evaluation.
This Investigative task uses an OCR-set scenario with a choice of research tasks. (45 marks) With a 30% weighting
Unit A453: Programming Project
Students will need to:
- Understand standard programming techniques
- Be able to design a coded solution to a problem, including the ability to: ◦Develop suitable algorithms
- Design suitable input and output formats
- Identify suitable variables and structures
- Identify test procedures.
- Create a coded solution fully annotating the developed code to explain its function
- Test their solution:
- To show functionality
- To show how it matches the design criteria
Controlled assessment Programming task. Design, develop and test a solution to a problem within the OCR-set scenario. (45 marks) with a 30% weighting
The ICT Department encourages students to use ICT as a tool to aid their learning and the school is very well equipped to give students the necessary skills and training to enable them to cope with the modern electronic world.
Students are encouraged to use the ICT rooms at lunch times and the Library after school.