ICT

Teachers

  • Luke Borland (Director of Learning)
  • Elizabeth Walker, Computing Teacher

Computing and ICT in Key Stage 3

Curriculum Intent: In Computing and ICT, we aim to develop students’ knowledge and understanding across six core branches of study. We also aim to support the wider learning of students by giving them the ability to access digital resources across the school curriculum.

• ICT and data skills: How we can use computers to help us every day.
• Online Safety: How we can use computers safely.
• Data representation: How computers process the instructions we give them.
• Computational thinking and algorithms: Writing instructions for a computer to solve problems.
• Computer hardware: The Physical parts that exist in all computer systems.
• Programming: Writing code to create computer programs.

Each area of study is returned to and developed in each year of Key Stage 3 to give a broad and deep understanding of what computers are; how they function and how we can use them to create new technology to improve our world. Studying Computing and ICT will also encourage problem solving, literacy and numeracy as we strive to become more effective at utilising technology for our benefit.

Many students will choose to study GCSE Computer Science after Year 9. Our curriculum will help them with a strong preparation for that qualification. Alternatively, for those that do not, our curriculum will give all students an understanding of their digital world to benefit them for the future.

Year 7

Topics (Term 1-6)Content LearntHigh Performing students will:
Term 1
Using ICT
Key vocabulary – Audience, Purpose and Communication
• How to present data for a given audience
• How to locate, open, and save documents correctly
• How to use school information management systems
• How to use basic email functions to communicate
• How to sort, filter or search data for a purpose
• Manipulate different types of data for a new purpose or audience
• Organise digital information so that it is easily retrieved
Term 2
Online Safety and Networks Part 1
Key vocabulary – Online, The Internet, Privacy, Social Media, Cyberbullying and Grooming:
• How to recognise when we are online
• An understanding of what the internet is
• An understanding of what information I should keep private
• An understanding of the many ways to report things that happen online
• An understanding of how I can check what personal information I am sharing
• Awareness of the risks in using Social Media
• Give examples of ways they can stop Cyberbullying from happening
• Describe the signs of grooming.
• Explain the laws concerned with sexual content and the internet
• Explain the laws concerned with extremism and the internet
Term 3
Data Representation and Binary
Key Vocabulary – Circuit, Binary, Decimal, Bit, Byte, Megabyte, Kilobyte, Megabyte, Gigabyte, Pixels, ASCII:
• An understanding of how computers use circuits to represent binary data
• An understanding that a “byte” represents 8 circuits processing data.
• How to convert between binary and decimal
• An understanding of the terms that explain computer storage size and speed such as Bit, Byte and Megabyte.
• An understanding of how text and images are processed in binary
• Explain how data size translates to physical storage space
Term 4
Algorithms with Kodu game lab
Key Vocabulary – Algorithm, Instructions, Efficiency, Input, Output, Decision, Process:
• An understanding of what an algorithm is
• An understanding of why computer systems require algorithms
• An understanding of how we combine different types of data to write instructions
• An understanding of what is meant by efficiency and explain why it is desirable for a computer program
• How to interpret algorithms and predict their outcome.
• Compare algorithms and suggest with reasons the preferred algorithm for a problem
• Write an algorithm including mathematical or comparative operators
Term 5
Inside the computer
Key Vocabulary – Inputs & Outputs, Central Processing Unit, RAM & ROM:
• An understanding of what Hardware is and how it is different from software.
• How key hardware within a computer system work
• How input and output devices work
• An understanding of where the CPU should sit within the computer system and why
• Explain the input>process>output principle
• An understanding of the Fetch Decode Execute Cycle
Term 6
Programming Computers in Scratch
Key Vocabulary – Algorithm, Instructions, Efficiency, Efficiency, Input, Output, Decision, Process:
• An understanding of what an algorithm is
• An understanding of why computer systems require algorithms
• An understanding of how we combine different types of data to write instructions
• An understanding of what is meant by efficiency and explain why it is desirable for a computer program
• How to interpret algorithms and predict their outcome.
• Compare algorithms and suggest with reasons the preferred algorithm for a problem
• Write an algorithm including mathematical or comparative operators

Year 8

Term 1
Using ICT
Key vocabulary – Audience, Purpose and Communication:
• How to present data for a given audience
• How to locate, open, and save documents correctly
• How to use school information management systems
• How to use basic email functions to communicate
• How to sort, filter or search data for a purpose
• Manipulate different types of data for a new purpose or audience
• Organise digital information so that it is easily retrieved
Term 2
Online Safety and Networks Part 1
Key vocabulary – Online, The Internet, Privacy, Social Media, Cyberbullying and Grooming:
• How to recognise when we are online
• An understanding of what the internet is
• An understanding of what information I should keep private
• An understanding of the many ways to report things that happen online
• An understanding of how I can check what personal information I am sharing
• Awareness of the risks in using Social Media
• Give examples of ways they can stop Cyberbullying from happening
• Describe the signs of grooming.
• Explain the laws concerned with sexual content and the internet
• Explain the laws concerned with extremism and the internet
Term 3
Data Representation and Binary
Key Vocabulary – Circuit, Binary, Decimal, Bit, Byte, Megabyte, Kilobyte, Megabyte, Gigabyte, Pixels, ASCII:
• An understanding of how computers use circuits to represent binary data
• An understanding that a “byte” represents 8 circuits processing data.
• How to convert between binary and decimal
• An understanding of the terms that explain computer storage size and speed such as Bit, Byte and Megabyte.
• An understanding of how text and images are processed in binary
• I can explain how data size translates to physical storage space
• I can perform Binary mathematical operations such as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
• I can use my understanding to make predictions about the size of files, quality of images or speed of data transfer
• I understand how binary data is contained in secondary storage
Term 4
Algorithms using flow diagrams
Key Vocabulary – Algorithm, Instructions, Efficiency, Efficiency, Input, Output, Decision, Process, Operators, Sequence, Selection Iteration:
• An understanding of what an algorithm is
• An understanding of why computer systems require algorithms
• An understanding of how we combine different types of data to write instructions
• An understanding of what is meant by efficiency and explain why it is desirable for a computer program
• How to state the outcome of an algorithm
• How to write an algorithm including mathematical or comparative operators
• How to write algorithms in different forms such as Pseudocode or Flow Diagram
• How to compare algorithms and suggest with reasons the preferred algorithm for a problem
• Understand algorithms that include routines and subroutines and understand why these are useful
Term 5
Inside a computer and inside a computer network
Key Vocabulary – Inputs & Outputs, Central Processing Unit, RAM & ROM:
• An understanding of what Hardware is and how it is different from software.
• How key hardware within a computer system work
• How input and output devices work
• Understand where the CPU should sit within the computer system and why
• Understand the purpose of a network card and router
• How explain the input>process>output principle
• An understanding of the Fetch Decode Execute Cycle
• An understanding of the internet as a computer network joining billions of devices
• An understanding of what is meant by clock speed and understand its impact on a computer system
Term 6
Introduction to programming in Python
Key Vocabulary – Algorithm, Instructions, Efficiency, Input, Output, Decision, Process, Operators, Sequence, Selection Iteration:
• An understanding of what an algorithm is
• An understanding of why computer systems require algorithms
• An understanding of how we combine different types of data to write instructions
• An understanding of what is meant by efficiency and explain why it is desirable for a computer program
• How to state the outcome of an algorithm
• How to write an algorithm including mathematical or comparative operators
• How to write algorithms in different forms such as Pseudocode or Flow Diagram
• How to compare algorithms and suggest with reasons the preferred algorithm for a problem
• Understand algorithms that include routines and subroutines and understand why these are useful

Year 9

Term 1
Using ICT & modelling data
Key vocabulary – Sort, Filter, model, predict
• I can sort, filter or search data for a purpose
• I can manipulate different types of data for a new purpose or audience
• I can use data to make plan, evaluate or make predictions
• I can make judgements about the quality and accuracy of data
Term 2
Online safety & Networks Part 3
Key vocabulary – Online, The Internet, Privacy, Social Media, Cyberbullying and Grooming, Sexual exploitation:
• How to recognise when we are online
• An understanding of what the internet is
• An understanding of what information I should keep private
• An understanding of the many ways to report things that happen online
• An understanding of how you can check what personal information you share
• An understanding of the risks in using Social Media
• Give examples of ways they can stop Cyberbullying from happening
• Describe the signs of grooming.
• Explain the laws concerned with sexual content and the internet
• Explain the laws concerned with extremism and the internet
• Discuss the impacts of our internet use on a variety of other issues such as mental health, wellbeing, and our environment
Term 3
Data Representation, Binary and electronics
Key Vocabulary- Circuit, Binary, Decimal, Bit, Byte, Megabyte, Kilobyte, Megabyte, Gigabyte, Pixels, ASCII, Semi-Conductor, Transistor, Secondary Storage:
• An understanding of how computers use circuits to represent binary data
• An understanding that a “byte” represents 8 circuits processing data.
• How to convert between binary and decimal
• An understanding of the terms that explain computer storage size and speed such as Bit, Byte and Megabyte.
• An understanding of how text and images are processed in binary
• How to explain how data size translates to physical storage space
• I understand how binary data is contained in secondary storage
• How to perform Binary mathematical operations such as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
• How to use my understanding to make predictions about the size of files, quality of images or speed of data transfer
Term 4
Computer Systems and networks
Key Vocabulary – Inputs & Outputs, Central Processing Unit, RAM & ROM, Magnetic Hard Drive, Network:
• An understanding of what Hardware is and how it is different from software.
• Name at least 3 pieces of key hardware within a computer system
• Identify input and output devices from a list including those that are both
• Explain where the CPU should sit within the computer system and why
• I know a network card and router are used to connect to a network
• Explain the input>process>output principle
• An understanding of the Fetch Decode Execute Cycle. An understanding of what is meant by clock speed and understand its impact on a computer system.
• An understanding of the internet as a computer network joining billions of devices
• Explain how different factors may affect the speed of processing such as Cache and RAM
Term 5
Photo editing and manipulation
Key vocabulary – Audience, Purpose, editing, cropping, airbrishing
• I can manipulate different types of data for a new purpose or audience
• I can make judgements about the quality and accuracy of data
• I can use a search engine to find useful information
Term 6
Introduction to GCSE Computer Science
Key Vocabulary – Algorithm, Instructions, Efficiency, Efficiency, Input, Output, Decision, Process, Operators, Sequence, Selection Iteration:
• An understanding of what an algorithm is
• An understanding of why computer systems require algorithms
• An understanding of how we combine different types of data to write instructions
• An understanding of what is meant by efficiency and explain why it is desirable for a computer program
• An understanding of algorithms that include routines and subroutines and why these are useful
• I can state the outcome of an algorithm
• I can write an algorithm including mathematical or comparative operators
• I can write algorithms in different forms such as Pseudocode or Flow Diagram
• I can compare algorithms and suggest with reasons the preferred algorithm for a problem
• I can combine different subroutines to create one overall algorithm to solve a problem.

Key Stage 4

Students have the option to study Computer Science GCSE. This is a challenging subject which requires logical thinking, a solid understanding of mathematics and the ability to apply these creatively. This is highly recommended for students who have a passion for computing and mathematics. If they have enjoyed coding previously this would also be an advantage. This course is very different from the study of ICT and there is very little use of software applications.

We also offer the ECDL ICT skills GCSE equivalent qualification. This professional qualification provides students with skills in popular office applications such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel, perfect for their transition to the working world.

Key Stage 5

We are currently looking at possible options for Key stage 5 courses in light of recent government changes to the Computing and ICT curriculum. If you would like to know more, please contact the department.

ICT Facilities

We have a six dedicated ICT suites, which are furnished with PC’s running Windows 10. In addition, there are three further rooms which are shared with Business Studies. There are also a number of smaller ICT rooms within individual departments. Software packages that are used regularly include; Microsoft Office, The Serif application suite, Python, Scratch, Kodu and others. In addition all lesson content can be accessed via our Firefly page from home via laptop, tablet or mobile device.