I.C.T. & Computing

ICT and Computer Science play an increasingly important part of everyday life both at work and home. The ICT department is committed to ensuring that all students are able to use ICT confidently and safely, and have the skills to move from just using ICT into programming computers.

The national curriculum for ICT/computing aims to ensure that all students:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

The UK is experiencing a lack of well qualified computing professionals, and businesses today require an ever increasing number of technologically aware individuals. This is even more so in the gaming, mobile and web related industries. The Cockburn John Charles Academy ICT and Computer Science curriculum is designed with this in mind.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

What will my child learn about in ICT/Computer Science this year?
During Year 7 students will cover a range of units:

E-Safety
Students are taught how to keep themselves safe whilst using the internet and social media. They are taught how to keep their information private and how to spot and report potential dangers.

Computer Components
Students will learn about the components that make a working PC to identify what they do, as well as how to upgrade a PC. This will help students understand how a PC works and what to look for when buying or upgrading a PC.

Handling Data
Students are taught how to construct a database as well as how to create, edit and manipulate data using a real world example. This will help students to use databases within a business and be able to interrogate a database to find specific information.

Modelling
Students are taught how to create formulas and functions to help a business perform calculations. This helps students to create and edit spreadsheets for a real world business in a variety of scenarios.

Sequencing
This topic teaches students to give programmable objects instructions to perform a task. This allows them to understand the concept of programming for Scratch.

Scratch
Students learn to sequence blocks of instruction to create a game. This visual based programming is the foundation for text based programming in Year 8.

Animation
Students will be introduced to the world of animation and how animations are created. Students will be introduced to working with frames and frame rates.

Computational Thinking
Students learn various ways of how text can be scrambled, so it isn’t readable. They also learn how to unscramble the text by identifying patterns and using ICT.

Pivot
Pivot Animator is taught to students to create stick-figure and sprite animations that can be saved as an animated GIF for use on web pages. Students learn the basic principles of animations before designing and building more complicated animations in Serif DrawPlus.

Serif DrawPlus
Pivot Animator is taught to students to create stick-figure and sprite animations that can be saved as an animated GIF for use on web pages. Students learn the basic principles of animations before designing and building more complicated animations in Serif DrawPlus.

What type of homework will be set?
Students will have their own individual account to www.code.org. Each week tasks will be set via code.org which teaches students how to program through visual based programming.

How will my child be assessed in ICT/Computer Science ?
Students will be assessed through a range of projects that are completed in lesson in relation to the topics they’re studying.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?
We ensure PC access is available for all students in school, but access at home will benefit the students both in computing and their other subjects. We encourage parents/carers to support their child at home with access to ICT and the internet. Programmes which will be most beneficial are Microsoft Office and Scratch.

You can also support your child by asking them about what they have been learning and encourage them to complete extra research around each topic.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 8

What will my child learn about in ICT/Computer Science this year?

Build Your Own Blocks (BYOB)
BYOB is a visual drag and drop programme that builds on Scratch. This programme allows students to understand how to build their own text blocks of code.

Web/HTML
Students are taught how to plan, design and create a website using a programming language in professional software.

Cryptography
Students learn various ways of how text can be scrambled, so it isn’t readable. They also learn how to unscramble the text by identifying patterns and using ICT.

Computational Thinking
Computational thinking teaches students how to break down complex problems, develop algorithms and identify pattern recognition.

Python Programming
Students will be introduced to text based programming in Year 8. Students will be taught how to sequence instructions through the use of the Turtle function. Students will move onto constructing a text based program which works with inputs, outputs and variables. Students will be assessed by creating a self-service take away menu program.

Photoshop
Students learn a variety of skills in professional software that teaches them how to edit and manipulate real images.


What type of homework will be set?
Students will have their own individual account to www.code.org. Each week tasks will be set via code.org which teaches students how to program through visual based programming.

How will my child be assessed in ICT/Computer Science?
Students will be assessed through a range of projects that are completed in lesson in relation to the topics they’re studying.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?
We ensure PC access is available for all students in school, but access at home will benefit the students both in Computing and their other subjects. We encourage parents/carers to support their child at home with access to ICT and the internet. Programmes which will be most beneficial are Microsoft Office and Scratch.

You can also support your child by asking them about what they have been learning and encourage them to complete extra research around each topic.

Key Stage 4

What will my child learn in ICT and Computer Science?

Year 9:
In Year 9 students will cover a variety of topics which will develop their ICT and Computing understanding in a business context.

Spreadsheets

Students develop on their KS3 learning to create spreadsheet solutions for businesses. This enables them to use and create spreadsheets independently.

Databases

Students develop on their KS3 learning to use databases for mail merging.

Business Communication

Students learn about the different methods used to communicate within businesses and are able to effectively critique and recommend forms of communication. This unit of work also allows them to learn how to use advanced features and functions of email systems.

Advertisement Products

Students learn how to create a range of advertisement products using a range of software programs. This allows them to analyse clients briefs and create appropriate solutions by having the skills and knowledge of being able to effectively use a variety of programmes.

System Security
Students will study how to ensure a computer system is secure to prevent different forms of attack including malware, phishing, brute force attacks, denial of service attacks and data interception and theft.

Year 10 and Year 11
In Year 10, students begin to look at independently building professional solutions to business problems and needs. The current Year 10’s are undertaking the Edexcel CiDa Level 2 in Digital Applications qualification.

Students will be assessed throughout the year on their ability to create suitable solutions and their ability to meet client briefs. These are in the form of an animation, an advertisement video, a photo gallery and a website.

What type of homework will be set?
Students will be set programming tasks on code.org & codeacademy.com throughout the year. They will be able to complete these at home, at lunchtime in the ICT rooms or after-school.

How will my child be assessed in ICT / COMPUTER SCIENCE?

  • 1 Written Exam – 25% of the final grade
  • 1 piece of Controlled Assessment – 75% of the final grade.

 

How can I support my child’s learning at home?