ICT / Computer Science

ICT lesson

Team Leader: Mr G Kilgannon

“Everyone should know how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think!” Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple)
Pupils learn and undertake activities in computing that enable young people to become:

  • Successful learners who can work independently or in a team,
  • Confident individuals who have the ability to problem solve,
  • Develop creativity and design skills and the chance to communicate through a range of technological mediums.

Curriculum Overview

Key stage 3:
Year 7 topics include:

  • What are computers? (discovering how a computer works)
  • TV/Film Survey (collating and results analysis)
  • Control and Scratch Animation (design and creation of a computer game through control sequencing)

 Year 8 topics include:

  • All About Me (creation of an informative webpage using HTML, JavaScript and CSS)
  • DVD store (creation of a database, including SQL)
  • Introduction to programming (learn how to use Python)

Key stage 4:
ICT creative iMedia (Cambridge Nationals qualification Level 2)
Pupils explore where and why digital graphics are used and the techniques that are involved to create their own multi-page website and an interactive multimedia product. They learn how to interpret a client brief, and how to use time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process. The controlled assessment takes up 75% and a practical assessment 25%.

Computer Science GCSE
We deliver an OCR Computer Science GCSE course, which sees the subject moving to an 80% exam and 20% controlled assessment.
Pupils will get the opportunity to learn a wide range of topics from what a computer system consists of, the different types of system security to the ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns. On top of that, pupils will also learn computational thinking which includes algorithm design and programming. If they have a passion for computers and want to know more, then this is the subject for them.

Here is a recommended wider reading list for KS4 pupils.

How to support pupil learning: 
Wide range of revision books are available for order at school:

  • GCSE OCR Computer Science for the 9-1 Course – The revision guide – CGP;
  • GCSE OCR Computer Science for the 9-1 Course – Exam Practice workbook – CGP
  • GCSE OCR Computing For Computer systems and programming – Hodder

We recommend the following sites:
http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty
http://www.codeacademy.com
https://www.python.org