Year 7 and 8
At KS3 the ICT and Computing department aims to embed skills and knowledge in a wide range of ICT and computing capabilities including digital literacy.
ICT and Computing is fast developing in school and our aim is to offer students the opportunity to be involved in this by experiencing some elements of programming at KS3 so that they have a strong foundation for KS4 if they wish to study it.
We endeavour to make the curriculum as fun and interesting as possible with a high level of challenge. Our aim is to ensure that they develop ICT capability that is directly transferable, not only to other subjects but also to the KS4 curriculum and beyond.
The difference between ICT and Computer Science:
|Information Technology||Computer Science|
|How computer systems are used||How computer systems work|
|People are central to the subject||Computation is central to the subject|
|Concerned with the development of IT systems, with particular emphasis on the effects on end users||Concerned with algorithmic thinking, and the ways in which a real-world problem can be decomposed in order to construct a working solution|
|Focuses on building a business/application solution mainly by using a combination of currently available software||Develops new systems by writing new software|
|Emphasis on choosing and evaluating, appropriate software||Emphasis on principles and techniques for building new software (or hardware). Programming is a central technique|
|Information Technology supports human activity||Computation is a “lens” through which we can understand the natural world, and the nature of thought itself, in a new way|
|Tending towards applied/vocational||Trending towards academic|
Year 9, 10 and 11
Curriculum Intent for Computer Science
We study Computer Science to help us think in a more logical way and become better at making decisions and solve problems. We learn about how the different parts of a computer work together and why they work like that. In addition, we develop skills in programming systems and start to understand how computers communicate via networks. We then look at how important Technology is in today’s society and the impact and issues that can arise from using computer systems and how to improve them.
Implementation of Curriculum
In Computing we implement this through the delivery of a high quality of education which places developing the computing concepts at the forefront of planning. Each scheme of learning is prefaced by its own intent, implementation and impact rationale, underpinned by a deep understanding of the computational concepts. In the schemes of learning assessment is a meaningful vehicle for learning, of learning and as learning to ensure we make a profound positive difference to all students. Various quality assurance activities are undertaken to rigorously ensure that the implementation of the computing curriculum has maximum impact.
Impact of Curriculum
The Computing curriculum at Christ the King will make a profound, positive impact to the outcomes of all student. Students will be equipped with traits that reflect resilient learners. We will know that this is true as we are delivering a high standard of education, quality assured through qualitative and quantitate measures such as:
- Attainment and Achievement outcomes
- Observing lessons and scrutinising planning
- Standards of learning in books
- Student voice
- Destination data
- Attendance data
- Behaviour data
Content of Course:
Computer Systems (01) – Introduces students to the parts of a computer and looks at how they work together. Investigations into how computers communicate with each other via networks. What security issues are there surrounding computer systems and technology and what is the impact?
Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02) – Logic and problem solving is key to this section. Students look at different problems that can be solved using ‘computational thinking’ and apply this to everyday problems. This will help them with their programming and designing programs.
Programming (03) – Students will learn about programming and different programming techniques.
- Computer systems (01) – 80 marks – 1hour 30 minutes – 50%
- Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02) – 80 marks – 1 hour 30 minutes – 50%
- Programming exam – The content and weighting of this exam is currently under review.
Curriculum Intent for ICT
We study ICT to help us to develop the skills to use software to create solutions to different problems. We learn about how different types of software work and the solutions that can be given for a range of different people’s needs. We think about the audience for different products and look at how to design them using the most appropriate type of software from digital presentations to web development, spreadsheets to databases. We then look at how important technology is in today’s society and the impact and issues that can arise from using computer systems and how to improve them.
Content of Course:
Students will study a range of units that cover:
- Software Skills
- Audience and Purpose
- Hardware and Software
- Health and Safety when using Computer Systems
- Files and File Management
- Computers and the Law
Examination: 1 written paper 25%
Coursework: 3 units internally assessed 75%
There are two mandatory units, the first unit is assessed by a 1 hour examination:
- Unit R081 Pre-Production Skills – Exam to be taken in year 11 worth 25% of the grade
- Unit R082 Creating Digital Graphics – 20 hour Controlled Assessment unit worth 25% of final grade
Two additional units of website design and video production. Each of the two additional unit are worth 25% each towards the final grade.