As the use of IT in the workplace and in college/university courses change, the curriculum changes to respond to the future needs of the students. We have a strong Computer Science and IT curriculum at all Key Stages, with some students obtaining successful places at university on completion of Key Stage 5. At all Key Stages we also provide key skills for not only the courses in the next Key Stage, but for students to successfully use IT in a range of subjects and contexts.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 Students are introduced to the SharePoint environment, and are given a range of online accounts to include Microsoft Teams, where they can access resources and submit work. They are also provided with an Office 365 account, which gives access to online and offline software used in the school. Each student is given a OneDrive account, where they access and store their own work at school and at home.
Students start with learning Key Skills, where we bridge the gap in learning the key IT skills needed for a range of subjects and contexts, which includes using Teams, OneDrive and Office 365.
Key Stage 4
- Tools and techniques that can be used to initiate and plan solutions
- How Data and Information can be collected, stored and used
- The factors to be considered when collecting and processing data and storing data/information
- The different methods of processing data and presenting information
The third unit involves students following the development lifecycle to plan, design, develop, test and evaluate a solution to a programming problem. Students are able to choose a programming problem of their choice, ranging from games to data solutions and can choose from a range of programming languages to code the solution. Students gain an in-depth understanding and experience of the range of product development documentation and learning from the iterative approach to product development.
In unit 6 and 9 students learn about prototyping, the iterative development model and further client involvement with a specific client brief to create a Database solution using specialised software. Students gain an in-depth understanding and practice of development testing and acceptance testing using a focus group.
The unit 1 exam provides a strong understanding of IT technologies and practices that are essential for IT professionals. Content includes hardware, networks, software, data representation, ethical use of computers and how business uses IT.
In the unit 2 exam unit students learn about the uses of information in the public domain and globally by individuals and organisations. This includes learning about the good management of data and information, and how it is used internally and externally to give an organisation a competitive edge. Students will gain a greater understanding of the legislation and regulation governing information and the constraints and limitations that apply to all organisations.
Enrichment course for Key Stage 5 – European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
The ECDL course is available for any Year 12 student regardless of whether they completed a computing course in Key Stage 4. The course is highly valued by organisations as a method of identifying digital competency in the workplace and is used widely by organisations to train staff. Students complete four units which include:
- • Word processing software
- • Presentation software
- • Spreadsheet software
- • Improving productivity using IT
The course is modular, where students complete the learning for each unit and an online test, and then move on to the next unit. Students work through the course independently and complete the course in one year.
How I can support my child?
- Regularly check their child’s planner to ensure that they are writing homework in clearly, and completing it on time
- Be aware of any emails from the teacher, with notice of tests and coursework deadlines. Support their child in revision and completing coursework by the deadline.
- Provide a quiet environment for homework where distractions are kept to a minimum
- Support their child with their homework and remind them of resources that they can use
- Identify the use of IT in everyday life
- Ask questions about what they are learning and encourage them to show you their work and assessments, so they take pride in their work