ICT

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

Lessons per week: 1 session

Year 7

Autumn 1 E-Safety – Animation

eSafety is becoming a big issue within schools and our community, as computers and mobile phones are freely used by many students. They will create an animation to raise awareness of the issues surrounding eSafety. There are concerns that unless the issue of eSafety is addressed and more tightly controlled then there will be serious long-term social and health implications, especially for students who are affected by cyber bullying or misuse of social media.

Autumn 2 Technology in the Future

Students will understand how technology will change in the next 10-15 years. They will create a product about future technologies. Students will be able to look at past, present and future developments in technology in different area such as homes, medicine, bio-technology and travel.

Spring 1 Games Design (Kodu)

Students will use simple game design software to learn the basic principles of programming commands to create a game using Kodu. Students will learn to build logical thinking to create a game of their own. It will allow them to control characters, create environments and set up a scoring system. Kodu will also teach students some real-life skills that will help them throughout their education and into future careers.

Spring 2 3D Design and Google Sketchup

Students will supplement their knowledge of working with and creating 3D designs using a software application called ‘Google Sketchup’. The skills that they learn during these lessons can be transferred to lessons to support design projects.

Summer 1 Myth Buster

Students will research and create a podcast for a fictional website “Myth Busters” – the site is about unexplained mysteries and myths. Students will understand that we cannot always believe what we see online and that we have to consider whether information is accurate, reliable or biased.

Summer 2 Control Systems (Flowol)

Flowol will allow students to develop logical reasoning and problem solving talents. They will be able to develop programming skills and explore the world of automatic, autonomous systems and robots. Students will have the opportunity to create flowcharts and apply these to ‘Mimics’ (real life scenarios) within Flowol.

Unit assessment:

Students are given a booklet for each unit that they will be studying in Year 7. They will complete tasks in the booklet that will help to guide learning that is taking place in the classroom. Tasks within the booklet will help to form an assessment on how well students have understood each topic. Each student is given an opportunity to feedback on ‘WWW’ (What Went Well) and ‘EBI’ (Even Better If) comments annotated within the booklet by their teacher. An overall level will be awarded to students at the end of each unit studied.

Homework:

Homework is given to all students on a fortnightly basis which helps to reinforce the learning that has taken place in the classroom. We try not to make homework software specific as we are aware that some students may not have access to a variety of resources.

Support at home:

We always encourage parents to help monitor students when completing their homework as using the internet can be daunting. We ask that students read and interpret their research in their own words. There are a variety of software packages that allow ‘Trial Versions’ and if you find these useful they can be purchased.

 

Year 8

Autumn 1  

Autumn 2  

Spring 1  

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Summer 1  

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To find out more information about this course, you can email ict@heathpark.net.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

Key Information

  • Edexcel GCSE ICT
  • Lessons per week: 2

Examination Details

  • Unit code 5IT02
    • 1 Using Digital Tools (Controlled Assessment) 60%
  • Unit code 5IT01code
    • 1 Paper Living in the Digital world (Examination) 40%

Year 9

Autumn 1 Gathering Information

Learners will use a range of appropriate sources, including a given database, to select relevant information for use in their digital products

Autumn 2 Developing Digital Products

Learners will develop the specified digital products, using appropriate content and features. They will review their work and make effective modifications.

Spring 1 Modelling

Learners will select relevant data and develop a spreadsheet model that generates meaningful information.  Effective testing will be carried out.

Spring 2 Digital Publishing 1

Learners will develop the specified products, using appropriate content and features. They will use their model to consider alternatives and present sensible recommendations. They will review their work and make effective modifications.

Summer 1 Design

Learners will use design tools to show what each screen will be like, and how they are linked together. They will comment on important design decisions.

Summer 2 Digital Publishing 2

Learners will develop the specified outcomes, using appropriate content and features. The interactive product will have a functional user interface and control. They will review their work and make effective modifications.

 

Year 10

Autumn 1 Product Evaluation

Learners will make comments, about the effectiveness about the products created. They will describe future improvements.

Autumn 2 Performance Evaluation

Learners will evaluate their own performance commenting on how they could be more successful.

Spring 1 Exam Preparation

Learners will cover exam content through revision topics, class discussions and mock papers.

Spring 2 Exam Preparation

Learners will continue to cover exam content through revision topics, class discussions and mock papers.

Summer 1 External Exam
Summer 2 Complete

 

Key Information

  • Exam Board: BCS Level 2 European Computer Driving Licence Certificate in IT
  • Lessons per week: 2 sessions

Examination Details

4 Online Tests – Each test has equal weighting of 25% – All tests must be passed to achieve the qualification

  • Word-processing (On-line Examination – 75% to achieve a Pass)
  • Presentations (On-line Examination – 75% to achieve a Pass)
  • Spreadsheets (On-line Examination – 75% to achieve a Pass)
  • Improving Productivity (On-line Examination – 55% to achieve a Pass)

Year 11

Autumn 1 Word-processing

Examines the advanced features of word processing applications enabling learners to enhance their work, improve productivity and save time.

 

Autumn 2 Presentations: 

A vital unit for learners who want to use advanced features to create high-impact presentations, and demonstrate expert presentation skills.

 

Spring 1 Spreadsheets:

Helps the learner develop their spreadsheet skills to expert level and realise the full potential of the spreadsheet application to produce higher-quality management information.

 

Spring 2 Spreadsheets:

Helps the learner develop their spreadsheet skills to expert level and realise the full potential of the spreadsheet application to produce higher-quality management information.

 

Summer 1 Improving Productivity using IT:

Enables the learner to work more effectively with IT. This unit looks at using tools to save time and effort when producing word processed documents, presentations and spreadsheets.

 

Summer 2 Course Complete

 

To find out more information about this course, you can email ict@heathpark.net.

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5

Key Information

  • Exam Board: OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT
  • Lessons per week: 4 sessions

Year 12

Autumn 1 Communication skills for IT

Students explore Personal Attributes for IT job roles.  They also demonstrate an understanding of ‘Principles of effective Communication’

Autumn 2 Communication skills for IT

Students will look at Barriers to Communication and create a Personal Development Plan.

Spring 1 Computer systems

Learners undertake part of the role of IT technician. They will investigate a range of hardware components including

looking at the technical specifications and how the components work together in a computer system.

Spring 2 Computer systems

Learners use the knowledge gained from investigating the components and software to recommend a range of systems to meet different user needs.

Summer 1 Interactive media authoring

Learners will develop knowledge and skills on creating an interactive product for a real business.

Summer 2 Interactive media authoring

Learner will develop their product to include advanced tools and test the product for the business.

Year 13

Autumn 1 Smarter planet

Learners will look at technological changes over the past century and identify the impact these changes have had.

Autumn 2 Smarter Planet

Learner will evaluate how the planet can be improved through the use of technology and discuss future developments.

Spring 1 Information systems.

The purpose of this unit is to discuss what is an information system and how it can be used in an organisation to support decision making.

Spring 2 Information systems.

The learners will understand the legislation governing information which flows into and out of an organisation and the constraints and limitations that apply to it.

Summer 1 Social Media

The learners will understand the technologies required for social media. Learners will then learn the impact of social media on a business and individuals.

Summer 2 Social Media

Learners will be required to create a plan for a social media policy to implement in an organisation.

 

 

To find out more information about this course, you can email ict@heathpark.net.