IT & Computing

Welcome

Welcome to the IT & Computing page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our Faculty including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.


Curriculum Intent

It is the aim of the department to enable pupils to develop skills and knowledge in Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy to prepare them for a future in a world where the use of this technology is fully embodied.   We wish to enthuse students to have an understanding far deeper than the interface and devices that they currently operate.

We aim to enable pupils to develop a love of learning for the subject and an understanding that there are no limits to their own development in both Information Technology and Computer Science.  An important life skill for anyone is to problem solve.  Using the strands of computational thinking will aid learners with their Computer Science studies and, as it is embedded within everyday life activities.  Students will be given guidance on how to work safely on-line so that it will be second nature to carry out all the necessary steps for their own safety as well as those around them.

At KS3 pupils will be given the opportunity to develop their computer coding and digital technology skills.  Learning the language of code is an important added bonus as students who develop their coding skills will be able to grasp the magic behind the computers.  This will allow them to take their studies onto KS4 and to Further and Higher education if they desire and ultimately secure a career within a large range of industries.

What are the aims of each area?

Information Technology - the development of the pupils' understanding of various industry standard software packages including spreadsheets, databases, word processing, desktop publishing, web design, animation and video, Voice Communication and their ability to integrate the various systems into large vocational project scenarios.

Computer Science – the development of the pupils' understanding of advanced computing skills such as knowing how computers work and programming using Python.

Key Stage 3 -  Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

IT & Computing is delivered once a week by our specialist staff. Pupils follow an appropriate programme of study which builds on prior attainment at Key Stage 2. The Scheme of Work is well structured and written by the IT & Computing Faculty, incorporating the Computer Science National Curriculum and Information Technology skills.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

Pupils undertake 10 units throughout KS3 and will be assessed at the end of each unit through an end of unit test.  In one unit per year pupils will develop a small project following the system life cycle, using skills learnt throughout the topics.

Key Stage 4 - Curriculum Implementation

What will our pupils study?

Generally pupils have one lesson a week compulsory, however if pupils take Computer Science as an option they have an additional three lessons.

Information technology pupils in year 9 and 10 will study the new BTEC Technical Award in Digital Information Technology.  Pupils in year 11 are studying OCR Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia.

Pupils who have opted to undertake Computer Science are completing the J276 (soon to be replaced by J277) OCR GCSE Computer Science course.


Key Stage 4 – 2020 Curriculum Recovery Programme

For pupils studying Computer Science, due to the nature of the content within the subject, pupils on the whole were able to keep up-to-date with work and work issued covered all curriculum areas.  Pupils who did not have access to technology will be caught up through the use of our newly implemented Quizizz system which has embedded meta-cognitive resources such as flashcards to assist them ensuring all gaps in knowledge are covered.

Pupils studying Information Technology were able to have their coursework graded to allow them to move onto the next component without worry of catching up.  During lockdown work relating to theory and the examination component was issued as an alternative in the form of flipped learning videos and workbooks.  Our catch-up is now in progress with these and identified pupils will be offered one-to-one support where identified to support them in any identified areas of weakness.

Key Stage 4: 2020 – Changes to content (where applicable)  

OCR GCSE Computer Science (J277)

Component 3 restrictions have been lifted allow pupils to work on their programming project fully as a remote learning task and no longer has to have 20 hours of dedicated lesson time.

There has been no change in the course content to be delivered.

BTEC Technical Award in Digital Information Technology

Coursework in progress by pupils regardless of status (complete/incomplete) has been graded and pupils are now able to progress on to the next component coursework without the need of any catch-up though knowledge gaps will be filled during remote learning activities.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

Year 9-11: OCR GCSE Computer Science (J277)

Pupils will be completing the OCR GCSE in Computer Science will be assessed through three key components.

  • Component 1: Computer Systems – 50% External Assessment
  • Component 2: Computational Thinking – 50% External Assessment
  • Component 3: Programming Project – Internally Assessed Assignment

Year 9: BTEC Technical Award in Digital Information Technology

Pupils will be completing the BTEC Technical Award in Digital Information Technology will be assessed through three key components.

  • Exploring User Interface Designs – 30% Internally Assessed Assignment.
  • Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data – 30% Internally Assessed Assignment.

 Effective Digital Working Practices – 40% External Assessment

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

OCR GCSE Computer Science (J276)


2020
2019
4+ “standard” pass
85.7%
67%
5+ “strong” pass
57.1%
41%

OCR Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia


2020
L2D* - L2P
82.8%
L2D* - L2M
45.0%

BTEC Information & Creative Technologies


2019
L2D* - L2P
96.8%
L2D* - L2M
60.8%

What can it lead to?

Upon successful completion of an Information Technology Course or a Computer Science GCSE, learners may progress into employment within the IT/Computing industry and/or continue their study in the vocational area (e.g. AS/A level ICT, Computing or Computer Science, BTEC Nationals Level 3, dependent upon individual post-16 establishment entry requirements).

As IT has become an integral part of learning, the ability to create professional documents, manipulate data and deliver high quality presentations is a vital skill that can be used in further learning and work placements.

IT skills are used a variety of job roles in all kinds of organisations including those in manufacturing, retail, education, hospitality, health and social care, business services, transport and public services.


Accommodation & Resources

The IT & Computing area enjoys 3 dedicated IT rooms which are regularly refurbished. All rooms are fitted with Interactive or Touch Screen Whiteboards and Drywipe marker boards. All of these rooms house 32 PCs for pupil use.

There is a Faculty shared IT drive - increasingly used to develop a bank of shared IT and Computing resources within the Faculty, together with Google Classroom and Foldr, where pupils and staff can access work and resources from home.

The IT & Computing faculty is supported across the school by a Network and Business Development Manager and his team.


Summary

Pupils achieve well in IT & Computing. The variety of software used and projects undertaken allows pupils to explore where their talents lie and transfer skills from one scenario to another. By the end of KS4 pupils are competent users of IT/Computing to enable them to transfer their skills, knowledge and understanding to situations beyond their immediate environment.