Information Communication Technology
Approach to Teaching
‘ICT, The right tool for the job’ is the motto of the ICT department. Selection and use of the appropriate equipment and software is at the heart of the department philosophy. Pupils, once given a ‘problem’, are expected to use their experience and initiative to solve it. Collaborative working is encouraged with pupils providing support to each other. The nature of the subject encourages exploration of and experimentation with the available software, often leading to ‘Eureka’ moments that are shared with the rest of the class. Independent learning is the norm in ICT!
Key Stage 3 content (Years. 7-9)
(Two lessons a fortnight)
All years start the academic year reviewing E safety, including how to stay safe online, safe use of e mail, messaging, social networking sites and other topics deemed necessary.
Year 7 uses the Smart Skills Builder texts, covering the basics of use of spread sheets, word processing, use of data bases and desk top publishing using real life scenarios. In addition, pupils use web development and web graphic software to enhance projects and extend the schemes of work.
Currently, years 8 and 9 are following the Edexcel GCSE ICT syllabus. The content reinforces prior learning and enhances their ICT skills as well as encouraging and developing an independent approach to problem solving and self-evaluation. The content covers the use of ICT in everyday business situations with the addition of graphic and web design software.
Key Stage 4 content / exam board / spec (Year 10-11)
(Five lessons a fortnight)
OCR Nationals Level 2 ICT (2010 Specification)
As with Key Stage 3, each year starts with E Safety, tailored to the age and experiences of the pupils.
Assessment is based on coursework alone, with pupils achieving up to two GCSE equivalents. The five units necessary to achieve this are:
Unit 1 – ICT Skills for Business.
Unit 2 – Web Creation.
Unit 5 – Desktop Publishing.
Unit 8 – Technological Innovation and E Commerce.
Unit 21 – Web Graphics.
Work is internally assessed then samples are externally moderated. 100% pass rate for the last two years, achieving the double award.
Independent learning, self and peer assessment and evaluation of own and others’ work are at the core of Key Stage 4 ICT lessons.
The department supports the EBP/IBM Web Challenge; last years’ team was awarded second place, the only year 9 team in the competition.
ICT catch up club meets on Wednesday and Thursday after school.