ICT

Key Stage 3 – Year 7

In year 7 pupils complete a number of units that are based on the development of their understanding of both ICT tools and programming sequences of instructions. They year is split into unit and pupils work is assessed at the end of each unit of work.

 

Unit 1 – Health and Safety and File menagment

Unit 2 – Using Prezi as a presentation tool

Unit 3 – Spreadsheet Modelling

Unit 4 – Moviemaker

Unit 5 – Image Editing

Unit 6 – Programming using SCRATCH

Unit 7 – Creating a computer game using KODU

 

Key Stage 3 – Year 8

In year 8 pupils complete three units of work that centre on the development of an understanding of information technology and living in a Digital World. They complete three units of work that are directly linked to the course pupils complete in years 10 & 11.

Teaching block 1 – My Phone – The aim of this Teaching Block is to encourage students to think about mobile phones – personal digital devices that they use every day – in a new and savvy way. Whilst exploring mobile phone technology and usage, students will touch upon all the topics covered in this unit.

Teaching block 2 – Shop and drop – This Teaching Block focuses on the use of the internet to buy and pay for goods.

Teaching block 3 – This Teaching Block focuses on internet-enhanced home entertainment.

 

Key Stage 3 – Year 9

In year 9 pupils develop their skills using a range of software in order to prepare them for the controlled assessment. They develop their skills in the use of a range of software tools alongside research and feedback skills.

 

Towards the end of year 9 pupils will start to complete the Unit 2 controlled assessment element of their GCSE.

 

This is a practical unit in which students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

 

Key Stage 4 – Edexcel GCSE ICT (Single Award)

Throughout years 10&11 pupils complete the Edexcel GCSE ICT course. They start in year 9/10 completing unit 2 and then sit their unit 1 exam in year 11.

The Edexcel GCSE ICT course involves students undertaking two units, one examination worth 40% of the total marks, and one controlled assessment worth 60%. students who follow this course will undertake the following units:

Unit title and summary

Assessment

Time
allocated

Weighting

UNIT 1: Living in a Digital World
In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. Students learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and well-being, on the move). They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Written paper

Externally assessed

Students have90 minutes for the written paper

40%

UNIT 2: Using Digital Tools
This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. Students learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. They put into practice what they learned about digital technology

Controlled Assessment Brief (CAB) provided by Edexcel, marked by teachers and moderated by
Edexcel

Students have40 hours to complete the CAB

60%