What Is Information Technology?
Infomation Technology (ICT) is the study and application of computer based skills where our main aim is to encourage pupils to become independent learners and prepare them for life in a digital age.
In ICT, students will, explore different ways in which ICT can be applied focusing on communicating and presenting information, searching and handling data, spreadsheet modelling and introducing them to computer programming. Pupils will also learn how to experience life online and have a well-grounded knowledge about how to stay safe and responsible.
Integrated into the units described below are elements of Multimedia, web authoring and graphic design.
At Key Stage 3:
Who am I? What is ICT? Pupils present themselves electronically and explore how to stay safe in ICT rooms and online.
Introduction to spreadsheet modelling. Pirates and Princesses
Introduction to scratch Programming. Creating My first game.
Interactive Quiz. Pupils use presentation software in a much more advanced way to create an interactive quiz.
Moving Forwards with Scratch Programming.
Moving Forwards with spreadsheet modelling.
Moving forwards with data handling
Murder in the mountains. Use data sets to solve a crime and write a report to senior investigator.
The Computer System. Explore the Computer System, including binary, programming and networks.
Online Identity. What does it mean to have an identity online and how can you be both confident and safe in your identity?
Assessment is teacher based through practical units and is based upon the ICT learning ladder which is shared with all pupils.
At Key Stage 4/5:
Key Stage 4:
ICT is compulsory but some pupils are able to choose a more advanced Computer Science Route
We follow the WJEC ICT course where pupils take an exam and submit a controlled assessment focusing on core ICT skills in year 10 leading to a short course and top this up in year 11 with a second exam and controlled assessment revolving around presentation and multimedia.
GCSE Computer Science
This demanding course focuses on programming and computer architecture and is comprised of the following ingredients:
Controlled assessment using Visual Basic to solve as major problem (25%)
Written Exam focusing on Computer Architecture (40%)
Onscreen Exam focusing on Greenfoot programming, HTML and Algorithms (35%)
Key Stage 5:
WJEC Alevel in ICT
Unit 1: Written Exam focusing on the use of ICT in the home, education, the workplace and spreadsheet modelling (60%)
Unit 2: Coursework unit focusing on Communication, Desktop Publishing and Automated documents (40%)
Unit 3: Written Exam focusing on wider ICT issues such as security and networks. (40%)
Unit 4: Coursework focused on relational databases (60%)
The single award is two units.
The double award is four units, the first two are the same as the single award.
The single award has one exam paper worth 40% of the total marks and one controlled assessment worth 60%.
The double award has an additional exam paper and controlled assessment.
Homework is set regularly and is expected to be completed by all pupils. We are aware that not all pupils have access to ICT resources at home, as a result we run the ICT club three times a week (usually Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) so pupils can access the school resources. There are also resources available at lunchtimes.