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Computing & I.C.T

Aims & Objectives

  • To create a learning environment based around computing that is attractive, enjoyable and challenging, where all learners can progress and achieve beyond expectation.
  • To develop learners understanding of IT and computing that will provide them with the skills to continue to study academically and succeed in a digital world.
  • To develop appropriate practical skills, knowledge and independent working
     
  • To respond to opportunities with increasing competence and independence, retaining a clear understanding of digital safety.

Key Stage 3 

In Years 7 and 8, delivery of the computing curriculum is cross-curricular. The following themes will be delivered.

 Year 7 will focus on e-safety; organising electronic files and using presentation, word processing and spreadsheet software.

Year 8 will continue to develop students’ use of software packages. There is an emphasis on using packages effectively, taking into account the intended purpose and audience.

Year 9 Computing follows an online programme called Eduschemes. All students have a username and password.

More information is available here:   www.eduschemes.co.uk

Unit 1: Organising Business. Considerations for setting up an app design business.

Unit 2: Python Profits. Computer programming in a business context.

Unit 3: Website Coding. Build full websites designed for specific contexts.

Unit 4: Advanced Data. Encryption and decryption.

Unit 5: Smartphone Apps. How to produce an app.

Key Stage 4 

Options:

Course Title: Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia. (J8170)

Exam board: OCR.

Level 1 grades (approximately equivalent to GCSE grades D-G):

Pass 1; Merit 1; Distinction 1

Level 2 grades (approximately equivalent to GCSE grades A-C):

Pass 2; Merit 1; Distinction 2; Distinction *.

This course focuses on developing students’ creative use of information technology. They will use a range of graphic and web authoring software as well as the Microsoft Office suite of applications.

Year 10 focuses on the compulsory units of Pre-production Skills and Creating Digital Graphics and the optional unit of Digital Photography

Year 11 continues to develop skills for the Digital Photography unit. Students also complete the unit Creating A Multi-Page Website.

Useful Websites 

https://scratch.mit.edu/

This is a good site for learning coding.

www.codeacademy.com

This gives extra practice in coding. It is free but requires the user to create an account with an email address.