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ICT

Primary

EYFS

In the Nursery and Reception classes, students are introduced to IT as an everyday part of life. They experience technology and are encouraged to initiate their own learning. Students are assessed against the early learning outcomes and specifically against technology.

Key Stage One

In Years 1 and 2, students experience technology as part of all subjects. Computing is taught through the Rising Stars Computing Scheme. There are opportunities to further develop technology through the co-curricular programme. Students have access to tablets, Beebots and whiteboards.

Yr1

Using programmable toys

Filming the steps of a recipe

Illustrating an eBook

Finding images using the web

Producing a talking book

Creating a card electronically

Yr2

Programming on screen

Exploring how computer games work

Taking, selecting and editing digital images

Researching a topic

Communicating clues

Recording bug hunt data

 

Key Stage Two

In Years 3-6 , students experience technology as part of all subjects. Computing is taught through the Rising Stars Computing Scheme. There are opportunities to further develop technology through the co-curricular programme. Students have access to tablets, laptops and other technologies.

Yr 3

Programming an animation

Finding and correcting bugs in programs

Videoing performance

Exploring computer networks, including the Internet

Communicating safely on the Internet

Collecting and analysing data

Yr 4

Developing a simple educational game

Prototyping an interactive toy

Producing digital music

Editing and writing HTML

Producing a wiki

Presenting the weather

Yr 5

Developing an interactive game

Cracking codes

Fusing geometry and art

Creating a web page about cyber safety

Sharing experiences and opinions

Creating a virtual space

Yr 6

Planning the creation of a mobile app

Developing project management skills

Researching the app market

Designing an interface for an app

Developing a simple mobile phone app

Creating video and web copy for a mobile phone app

Secondary

Years 7, 8 and 9

In Years 7, 8 and 9, students develop the knowledge and skills to become component in their use of ICT which helps to assist them in their learning across all of the subjects that they take as part of the Academy curriculum. Students also learn basic computer programming skills which enables them to understand how to write computer code and apply their skills in a practical computing context. Students are assessed through a series of projects which are completed on a half termly basis.

Topics studied include:

  • E-Safety
  • App design
  • Website design
  • Python Programming
  • Algorithms
  • HTML and Javascript
  • Networks
  • Introduction to Computer Systems – inc Hardware, Software, Binary

Years 10 & 11

Course Title: Computing (J275)
Exam Board: OCR
Qualification: GCSE

About the course
This course is ending in July 2017. Students cover the following units.

A451 – Computer Systems and Programming.
A452 – Practical Investigation.
A453 – Programming Project.

How it is assessed
Unit 1: A451 - One and a half hour written examination. 40% of GCSE.
Unit 2: A452 - Controlled Assessment task. 30% of GCSE.
Unit 3: A453 - Controlled Assessment task. 30% of GCSE.

Course Title: Computer Science (J276) – From September 2016 (assessed form 2018)
Exam Board: OCR
Qualification: GCSE (9-1)

About the course
This course starts in September 2016. Students will cover the following units.

Unit 1: Computer Systems.

Students learn about

  • Systems architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • Systems software
  • Moral, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Unit 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming.

Students learn about:

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

Unit 3: Programming Project.

Students will complete a controlled assessment demonstrating the following skills:

  • Programming techniques
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Testing and evaluation and conclusions

How it is assessed

Unit 1: Computer Systems – One and a half hour written examination taken at the end of Year 11 (40% of the GCSE marks)
Unit 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming – One and a half hour written examination taken at the end of Year 11 (40% of the GCSE marks)
Unit 3: Programming Project – Controlled assessment (20% of the GCSE marks)

For further information: http://ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/

Sixth Form

Years 12 & 13

Course Title: National Diploma in Computer Science
Exam Board: Pearson BTEC
Qualification: Level 3 720 Guided learning hours (equivalent to 2 A Levels)

About the course: This course is designed to support learners who want a strong core study of computer science providing the opportunity to develop sector knowledge and practical skills. This course will enable progression to roles in the computing industry or progression to higher education.

Computer science covers a broad variety of roles that ensure complex systems and software applications are designed, built and maintained to appropriate standards. The National Diploma consists of six mandatory units:

Unit 1: Principles of Computer Science

Unit 3: Planning and Management of Computing Projects

Unit 5: Building Computer Systems

Unit 6: IT Systems Security

Unit 22: Systems Analysis and Design

Unit 24: Software Development

Through optional units the course also provides the opportunity to explore human-computer interaction, website development, object-orientated programming, mobile apps development, relational database development, web application development, programmable devices and controllers, and computer forensics.

How will I be assessed? The National Diploma in Computer Science consists of 10 units. Of which 6 units are mandatory and 4 are optional. During the course you will  build a portfolio of work consisting of a range of assessment techniques including written exams, set tasks and assignments, 2 units are marked externally and 8 units are marked internally and verified externally.

Why should I choose the National Diploma in Computer Science? By undertaking this course you will have access to lessons delivered in our state of the art computer suites exploring a range of topics preparing you for industry and/ or higher education. You will also have the opportunity to work with specialists in the field through guests speakers attending pre-arranged lessons and visits to various computing companies building networks in industry bringing your knowledge and skills to life.

Course Title: Computing (2510)
Exam Board: AQA
Qualification: AS/A Level

About the course
In Year 12, students complete units COMP1 and COMP2. In Year 13, students study and complete units COMP3 and COMP4.

Component 1:  COMP1 – Problem Solving, Programming, Data Representation and Practical Exercise

Overview of content
Students learn about Fundamentals of Problem Solving, Fundamentals of Programming, Fundamentals of Data Representation and System Development Life Cycle

Contribution to final grade: 60% of AS, 30% of A Level

How it is assessed
Two hour, on-screen examination.

Component 2:  COMP2 – Computer Components, The Stored Program Concept and The Internet

Overview of content
Students learn about Fundamentals of Computer Systems, Fundamental Hardware Elements of Computers, Machine Level Architecture, Hardware Devices, the Structure of the Internet, Web Page Design and Consequences of Using Computing

Contribution to final grade: 40% of AS, 20% of A Level

How it is assessed
One hour written examination

Component 3:  COMP3 – Problem Solving, Programming, Operating Systems, Databases and Networking.

Overview of content
Students learn about Problem Solving, Programming Concepts, Real Numbers, Operating Systems, Databases, and Communication and Networking.

Contribution to final grade: 30% of A Level

How it is assessed
Two and a half hour written examination

Component 4:  COMP4 – The Computing Practical Project

Overview of content
Students need to demonstrate the following skills – analysis, design, construction/implementation, testing and evaluation of a substantial computer-based task, undertaken over an extended period.

Contribution to final grade: 20% of A Level

How it is assessed
Coursework, internally assessed, and moderated by AQA.

For further information: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-and-computer-science/as-and-a-level/computing-2510