ICT

The digital age has seen the web, interactive whiteboards, virtual learning environments, video conferencing, blogs, wikis, podcasts, video and mobile devices have a transformative impact on both learning and teaching. Using technology draws on and enhances pupils’ digital skills, and has opened up subject areas previously unavailable to many pupils.

The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the new programme of study for computing, students will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, they will develop their ideas using technology, and create a range of digital content.

The Royal Society has identified three distinct strands within computing, each of which is complementary to the others with each component being essential in preparing pupils to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

  • Computer science is the scientific and practical study of computation: what can be computed, how to compute it, and how computation may be applied to the solution of problems.
  • Information technology is concerned with how computers and telecommunications equipment work, and how they may be applied to the storage, retrieval, transmission and manipulation of data.
  • Digital literacy is the ability to effectively, responsibly, safely and critically navigate, evaluate and create digital artefacts using a range of digital technologies.

The creation of digital artefacts will be integral to much of the learning of computing. Digital artefacts can take many forms, including digital images, computer programs, spreadsheets, 3D animations and this booklet.

The computing curriculum brings new teaching opportunities to sit alongside those familiar from the ICT programme of study. There is an increased emphasis on computer science; not only on how to use technology, but on how to make it and how it works. Planning needs to bring together the three strands of computing (CS, IT and DL) and there are many opportunities to have exciting and creative lessons whilst exploring computational theory ( Naace 2006 – 2014).

At Ercall Wood we cater for all these needs by developing a curriculum that allows students to explore computing, practice skills and develop ideas about how to use computers and ICT to enhance their social, economic, cultural and moral wellbeing. Through computational thinking students start to think like a computer scientist. Understanding how computers work and being able to use them creatively gives pupils the power to shape the world around them.

What will I learn?

Key Stage 3: Year 7 students are introduced to Computer Science through programming Scratch and Kodu. Digital Literacy is catered for through a project on internet safety and the use of spreadsheets.

KS 3 National Curriculum Scheme of Work – Computer Science
Year 7 Sequence of Lessons
Date Week A/B Details Feed Forward Assessment
   

 

 

01-Sep

 

Staff Week

08-Sep

A

Introduction to ICT

 

15-Sep

B

Introduction to ICT

 

22-Sep

A

Finding Information

 

29-Sep

B

Finding Information

 

06-Oct

A

Internet Safety

 

13-Oct

B

Internet Safety  

20-Oct

A

Internet Safety  

27-Oct

  HALF TERM  

03-Nov

B

Internet Safety  

10-Nov

A

Internet Safety  

17-Nov

B

Internet Safety

 

24-Nov

A

Internet Safety

 

01-Dec

B

Internet Safety

 

08-Dec

A

Internet Safety

 

15-Dec

B

Internet Safety

 

22-Dec

  CHRISTMAS  

29-Dec

   

05-Jan

A

Spreadsheets  

12-Jan

B

Spreadsheets  

19-Jan

A

Spreadsheets  

26-Jan

B

Spreadsheets  

02-Feb

A

Spreadsheets  

09-Feb

B

Spreadsheets  

16-Feb

  HALF TERM  

23-Feb

A

Spreadsheets

 

02-Mar

B

Spreadsheets

 

09-Mar

A

Spreadsheets  

16-Mar

B

Spreadsheets  

23-Mar

A

Scratch  

30-Mar

  EASTER  

06-Apr

   

13-Apr

B

Scratch  

20-Apr

A

Scratch  

27-Apr

B

Scratch  

04-May

A

Scratch  

11-May

B

Scratch  

18-May

A

Scratch  

25-May

  HALF TERM  

01-Jun

B

Scratch  

08-Jun

A

Scratch

 

15-Jun

B

Scratch

 

22-Jun

A

Kodu  

29-Jun

B

Kodu

 

06-Jul

A

Kodu

 

13-Jul

B

Kodu  

20-Jul

 

PD Day Twilight  

lessons per topic

lessons per fortnight:

1

1

Introduction

6

Internet Safety

5

Spreadsheets

5

Scratch

2

kodu

19

Year 8 students further extend their knowledge of Computer Science through programming in Python and flow charts. Information Technology is covered in the study of computational theory incorporating binary maths and Digital Literacy is extended through the study of databases.

KS 3 National Curriculum Scheme of Work
Year 8 Sequence of Lessons  
Date Week A/B

Lesson

Details Alternative Curriculum

01-Sep

 

1

Staff Week  

08-Sep

A

 

Introduction to ICT / New Facilities / SOW  

15-Sep

B

 

Introduction to ICT / New Facilities / SOW  

22-Sep

A

 

Programming in Python  

29-Sep

B

 

Programming in Python  

06-Oct

A

 

Programming in Python Understanding Algorithms

13-Oct

B

 

Programming in Python Understanding Algorithms

20-Oct

A

 

Programming in Python Understanding Flowcharts

27-Oct

    HALF TERM  

03-Nov

B

 

Programming in Python Understanding Flowcharts

10-Nov

A

 

Programming in Python Using Flowol

17-Nov

B

 

Programming in Python Using Flowol

24-Nov

A

 

Programming in Python Using Algorithms 2

01-Dec

B

 

Programming in Python Using Algorithms 2

08-Dec

A

 

Programming in Python Using Algorithms 3

15-Dec

B

 

Programming in Python Using Algorithms 3

22-Dec

    CHRISTMAS  

29-Dec

     

05-Jan

A

 

Binary Maths  

12-Jan

B

 

Binary Maths  

19-Jan

A

 

Binary Maths  

26-Jan

B

 

Binary Maths  

02-Feb

A

 

Databases  

09-Feb

B

 

Databases  

16-Feb

    HALF TERM  

23-Feb

A

 

Databases  

02-Mar

B

 

Databases  

09-Mar

A

 

Databases  

16-Mar

B

 

Databases  

23-Mar

A

 

Databases  

30-Mar

    EASTER  

06-Apr

     

13-Apr

B

 

Databases  

20-Apr

A

 

Databases  

27-Apr

B

 

Databases  

04-May

A

 

Databases  

11-May

B

 

Databases  

18-May

A

 

Kodu  

25-May

    HALF TERM  

01-Jun

B

 

Kodu  

08-Jun

A

 

Kodu  

15-Jun

B

 

Kodu  

22-Jun

A

 

Kodu  

29-Jun

B

 

Kodu  

06-Jul

A

 

Kodu  

13-Jul

B

 

Kodu  

20-Jul

 

 

PD Day Twilight  
Intro

1

 
Programming

6

 
Binary Maths

2

   
Databases

6

 
Kodu

4

 

19

 

Year 9 students focus on Digital Literacy and Information Technology in preparation for KS4.

KS 3 National Curriculum Scheme of Work
Year 9 Sequence of Lessons  
Date Week A/B

Lesson

Details Alternative Curriculum

01-Sep

 

1

Staff Week  

08-Sep

A

 

Introduction to ICT / New Facilities / SOW  

15-Sep

B

 

Introduction to ICT / New Facilities / SOW  

22-Sep

A

 

Programming in Python  

29-Sep

B

 

Programming in Python  

06-Oct

A

 

Programming in Python Understanding Algorithms

13-Oct

B

 

Programming in Python Understanding Algorithms

20-Oct

A

 

Programming in Python Understanding Flowcharts

27-Oct

    HALF TERM  

03-Nov

B

 

Programming in Python Understanding Flowcharts

10-Nov

A

 

Programming in Python Using Flowol

17-Nov

B

 

Programming in Python Using Flowol

24-Nov

A

 

Programming in Python Using Algorithms 2

01-Dec

B

 

Programming in Python Using Algorithms 2

08-Dec

A

 

Programming in Python Using Algorithms 3

15-Dec

B

 

Programming in Python Using Algorithms 3

22-Dec

    CHRISTMAS  

29-Dec

     

05-Jan

A

 

Binary Maths  

12-Jan

B

 

Binary Maths  

19-Jan

A

 

Binary Maths  

26-Jan

B

 

Binary Maths  

02-Feb

A

 

Kodu  

09-Feb

B

 

Kodu  

16-Feb

    HALF TERM  

23-Feb

A

 

ECDL  

02-Mar

B

 

ECDL  

09-Mar

A

 

ECDL  

16-Mar

B

 

ECDL  

23-Mar

A

 

ECDL  

30-Mar

    EASTER  

06-Apr

     

13-Apr

B

 

ECDL  

20-Apr

A

 

ECDL  

27-Apr

B

 

ECDL  

04-May

A

 

ECDL  

11-May

B

 

ECDL  

18-May

A

 

ECDL  

25-May

    HALF TERM  

01-Jun

B

 

ECDL  

08-Jun

A

 

ECDL  

15-Jun

B

 

ECDL  

22-Jun

A

 

ECDL  

29-Jun

B

 

ECDL  

06-Jul

A

 

ECDL  

13-Jul

B

 

ECDL  

20-Jul

 

 

PD Day Twilight  
Intro

1

Programming

6

Binary Maths

2

Databases

6

Kodu

4

19

Key Stage 4: is currently split into two groups for Year 10 with one group studying for the ECDL qualification. The other group are undertaking the WJEC GCSE in Computer Science. The majority of Year 11 students are completing their studies in the ECDL qualification whilst the remainder of the year are studying the Edexcel GCSE in Computer Science.

How will I learn?

Computer Science (ICT) will be taught 1 x 100 minute lessons every 2 weeks at both Key Stages for Years 7, 8, 10 & 11. Year 9 students have 2 x 100 minute lessons every 2 weeks.  Year 10 option students receive three 1 x 100 minute lessons every 2 weeks.

Teaching Groups

Students are set according to results in primary school and on general performance in Secondary School.

The department is committed to ensuring all students have equal access to computing facilities. In order to improve their success and allow them the opportunity to extend their knowledge through practice, every night after school we hold a one hour supervised open session. The schemes of work have been structured to improve motivation and extend pupil skills and knowledge. Staff members are on hand to assist students who need extra assistance.