What we are trying to achieve with our curriculum
|Globalisation and innovations in technology have led to an increased use of IT in all sectors. As a school and subject we have a social responsibility to prepare our pupils to work in a society where it is fundamental that individuals have the ability to react, lead and to be innovators in a dynamic, technological world.
How we deliver our curriculum
VIRTUES IN ICT
The curriculum is planned to ensure that the knowledge, concepts and practical skills are carefully sequenced to allow all pupils to make progress. Pupils are taught from nationally recognised areas of Information Technologies and Computer Science.
Pupils will complete one topic per half term with an equal 50/50 split for IT and Computer Science. Each topic includes SOLO gears, key words and at least one form of summative assessment before SPADE feedback.
The curriculum is delivered by enthusiastic subject specialists in both IT and Computer Science.
Pupils will complete the OCR Cambridge Nationals Level1/2 in Information Technologies. This is a GCSE equivalent qualification, recognised by both colleges and employers as a fantastic foundation for further learning and training.
The course is 50% practical assessment and 50% theoretical understanding assessed by exam.
The difference that our curriculum makes to our pupils
|KS3 and KS4
Pupils are excited and confident to use current software and techniques at an age appropriate standard. Furthermore, pupils are able to explore and self-learn new software and techniques to be able to respond to changes in technology. Pupils are confident in discussing appropriate uses and legal aspects of the use of ICT.
|KS3||Pupils will have ICT lessons twice per fortnight in mixed ability groups.
Year 7 and year 8 will cover the same topics. In year 7 content will build understanding of fundamentals, and in year 8 pupils will dig deeper to learn how to apply their knowledge.
In year 9 pupils will get a feel for OCR Computer Science and OCR Information Technologies content.
Year 7 and 8 – Introduction to key topics in IT and Computer Science
Introduction to Google Apps
Hardware and Software
Spreadsheets and modelling
Data handling and Databases
Threats and Vulnerabilities
Hardware and Software and Networks
Data handling and Databases
Data modelling and analysis with Spreadsheets
Web Design and basic graphic design
|KS4||Information Technologies Level 1/2 Certificate – J808
What are Cambridge Nationals?
Cambridge Nationals are vocational technical qualifications for 14-16 year olds. They have been created to support students who want to develop practical skills and knowledge relating to a broad employment area. They involve doing practical activities, learning skills and developing transferable skills like problem solving which are important in employment.
ICT Level 1/2 Award/Certificate
The qualification is made up of two units that everyone takes.
R012 – Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions
• Knowledge of hardware and software applications.
• Data Manipulation tools and techniques.
• Project Life Cycle – phases, interaction, inputs and outputs.
• Risks, legal moral, ethical and security issues.
R013 – Developing technological solutions
• Focus on the use of skills to develop a creative technological solution to a real world problem.
• Follow a project life cycle and demonstrate skills such as SWOT analysis, GANTT charts, data collection and presenting data.
• Use hardware and software to create an integrated technological solution for data processing and communication of information.
How is it tested?
This qualification is tested through a mixture of set coursework and examination. There is one written exam (R012) which lasts for 1 hour 45 minutes. The exam assesses a student’s understanding of tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions. Your child will have two opportunities to take the test.
The coursework unit (R013) will be a set assignment that assesses a student’s ability to develop a technological solution to a real world problem.
|General||OCR Endorsed Resources
Textbooks & endorsed resources
Sonia Stuart and Brian Gillinder
Target success in the Cambridge National Certificate in Information Technologies with this essential classroom resource that will develop students’ understanding of data, build their transferable skills and knowledge to become confident users of technology and help them prepare for the external assessment.