ICT and Computing

ICT and Computing 

Homework Timetable

ICT and Computing Members of Staff:

  • Miss S Burton: Head of ICT and Computing
  • Mr J. Vyse: Learning Technologies Co-ordinator

 Subject Overview

In an ever changing, technologically advancing society it is necessary to equip our students with the desired skills needed for future life and work. With new technological jobs emerging that did not previously exist, it is vital that students are digitally literate, logical and adaptable thinkers who have the knowledge and skills to meet ever challenging and new demands of future society.

The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the new programme of study for computing, they will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, they will develop their ideas using technology, and create a range of digital content.

The Royal Society has identified three distinct strands within computing, each of which is complementary to the others: computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL). (See https://royalsociety.org/ education/policy/computing-in-schools/report/ for further details.) Each component is essential in preparing pupils to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

(http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/index.php?id=secondary)

ICT   

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 students currently study a range of ICT and Computing projects. 

In Year 7 students have an hour a fortnight and in Year 8 and 9 students have an hour a week of ICT and Computing.

We cover a range of topics including:

  1. Graphic Design
  2. Ride Simulation using Scratch
  3. Coding with Python
  4. Spreadsheets
  5. Databases
  6. PC Basics
  7. HTML and Web Design
  8. Multimedia e-books
  9. Animation

The curriculum covers a variety of topics and different software to give students a broad background of knowledge and skills within ICT and Computing.

We also take part in many initiatives such as Typing, iDEA, Code.org’s Hour of Code and Bebras.

Over the last few years we have had over 1000 students take part in Bebras and were the top school in Staffordshire for entries.

We also currently have nearly 1200 learners on the iDEA program who have achieved nearly 12,000 badges!

Cross Curricular ICT

In order to develop the ICT and Computing skills taught in Key Stage 3, we encourage  other subjects to use ICT skills to enhance their own topics.

Subjects and Projects include:

 Oxbow Lakes Animations

  • Digital Music Creation
  • Artistic Imagery

Key Stage 4

During Key Stage 4 students can opt to take the OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia.

http://ocr.org.uk/qualifications/creative-imedia-level-1-2-award-certificate-j807-j817/

Course Details

The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will provide learners with opportunities to develop, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Learners will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products.

The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will also challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to demanding material and techniques; encouraging independence and creativity and providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum.

How will I be assessed?

The OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia consists of two mandatory units and two optional units.

Unit Assessment Method Description
Mandatory
Pre-production skills Written paper

OCR set and marked

1 hour 15 mins

Developing the students’ understanding of preproduction skills that are used in the creative and digital media sector.
Creating digital graphics Centre assessed tasks

OCR moderated

Plan and create new digital graphics to meet a specific client brief.
Optional
Creating digital characters Centre assessed tasks

OCR moderated

Creating a digital character.
Creating a digital animation Centre assessed tasks

OCR moderated

Designing and developing a digital animation.

What skills will I gain from studying Creative I Media?

  • Knowledge of the main preproduction skills and techniques that are integral to the planning and creation process when developing digital solutions.
  • A range of skills in the use of digital packages to express creativity when designing a creative and digital media solution.
  • Awareness of the associated legal requirements.

Is there anything else I need to know?

The Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia is equivalent in size to a GCSE.

The qualification is designed with both creative and practical elements. There is also synergy with practical subjects such as Information Technology and Computing where key elements such as the use of program coding, website design and legislative requirements are common themes.

Next steps for this course include the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT.

What should I do if I need any further information?

Speak to Miss Burton or Mr Vyse

 

OCR GCSE – Computer Science (9-1)

COURSE CO-ORDINATOR: Miss Burton

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/computer-science-j277-from-2020/

Course Details

The OCR GCSE in Computer Science is engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science. Students also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment includes two exams (1.5 hours – 50% each) and Practical Programming.

What units do I study within OCR GCSE – Computer Science?

Component Title Content Overview
Computer Systems ·         Introduces students to the central processing unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, data representation, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It also looks at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science.
Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming ·         Students apply knowledge and understanding gained in component 01. They develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic and translators.
Programming Project ·    Students are to be given the opportunity to undertake a programming task(s) during their course of study which allows them to develop their skills to design, write, test and refine programs using a high-level programming language. Students will be assessed on these skills during the written examinations, in particular component 02 (section B).

 Is there anything else I need to know?

  • Due to the mathematical and technical nature of the content, this will only be offered to Triple Science students on the K pathway.
  • Next steps for this course include the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical in IT or A-Level Computer Science.

What should I do if I need any further information?

Speak to Miss Burton or Mr Vyse.

 

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mos-certification.aspx

Students also have the opportunity to study the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) in after school study sessions.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is the leading IT certification in the world. More than 1 million MOS exams are taken every year in over 140 countries. Students demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to productively use Microsoft Office.

 MOS promotes success in the classroom for students (and instructors), builds individual distinction, and prepares students for an increasingly competitive workforce.

Units covered:

  • Microsoft Office Word
  • Microsoft Office Excel
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Office Outlook

(http://www.certiport.com/portal/desktopdefault.aspx?tabid=664&roleid=101)


Key Stage 5

At KEVI Sixth Form, we offer the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT (http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/vocational-education-and-skills/cambridge-technicals-it-level-3-certificate-extended-certificate-introductory-diploma-foundation-diploma-diploma-05838-05842-2016-suite/)

Launched for first teaching September 2016, our Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT offer specialist pathways in IT Infrastructure Technician, Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner, Application Developer, and Data Analyst.

Students will apply their practical skills and knowledge in preparation for further study, Higher Education or the workplace.

Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, the Cambridge Technicals in IT focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand.

The course is 360 Guided Learning Hours which is equivalent to one A-level in terms of size.  Students will study two externally examined units and a choice of three further units which are centre-assessed and moderated by OCR. A specialist pathway must be followed. The Application Developer pathway has been chosen to offer variety and breadth of skill to students. Students will be able to develop the core knowledge, skills and understanding the IT sector required in the IT sector, and develop further skills.

Units covered:

  • Unit 1 Fundamentals of IT
  • Unit 2 Global Information
  • Unit 6 Application Design
  • Unit 9 Product Development
  • Unit 21 Web Design and Prototyping

 We have strong links with industry as we have a requirement to allow students to have access to Meaningful Employer Involvement through their course.

In the past we have designed a created websites for Five Spires Academy, Lynne Bateman Careers, Young Teen Fiction and They Gave Their Lives.

Our y13s also had opportunity to experience a lecture from Keele University on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and trialled an air traffic control simulator at East Midlands Airport.