Curriculum

ICT

Our Vision

Our vision is to build student knowledge and understanding in the use of information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. We aim to ensure that our students become digitally literate and are able to use, and express and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology.

In year 7

  • E-safety; understanding and dealing with threats to safety
  • Desk Top Publishing; creating newsletters, flyers and posters for specific audiences
  • Spreadsheets; formatting cells, using a range of functions, formulas and creating charts and graphs
  • Computer Programming; creating flowcharts, algorithms and using Scratch
  • Understanding hardware, software & networks
  • Databases; creating new databases, running queries and creating reports
  • Multimedia; using I-movie or movie maker to create teaser videos

In year 8

  • Understanding threats to data and laws, including The Data Protection Act, The Computer Misuse Act
  • Website creation; creating own website using Dreamweaver, using HTML, CSS styles and creating hot spots
  • Spreadsheet modelling
  • Trends in computing; research and creating timelines
  • Computer Programming; creating flowcharts, algorithms and using Scratch
  • Multimedia; using photography, recording video and editing in I-movie or movie maker

In year 9

Students develop their digital skills to create digital products based around a scenario; currently this is a Music Festival and includes:

  • Designing and creating a logo for a music festival, without using clip art or pictures
  • Creating an artist database, running queries and producing a report
  • Spreadsheet modelling for different costing scenarios
  • Creating a range of promotional pieces for a music festival including:
    • A downloadable flyer
    • A trailer or TV advert with original filming and images
    • A radio advert
    • A website, created using Dreamweaver software
  • Evaluation of digital products created

In year 10

Work with presentations to:

  • Choose built-in options such as the Help function within the application to enhance productivity.
  • Understand different presentation views and when to use them, choose different slide layouts and designs.
  • Enter, edit and format text in presentations. Recognize good practise in applying unique titles to slides.
  • Choose, create and format charts to communicate information meaningfully.
  • Insert and edit pictures, images and drawn objects.
  • Apply animation and transition effects to presentations and check and correct presentation content before finally printing and giving presentations.

Work with Word documents to:

  • Choose built-in options such as the Help function to enhance productivity.
  • Create and edit small-sized word processing documents that will be ready to share and distribute.
  • Apply different formats to documents to enhance them before distribution and recognize good practice in choosing the appropriate formatting options.
  • Insert tables, images and drawn objects into documents.
  • Prepare documents for mail merge operations.
  • Adjust document page settings and check and correct spelling before finally printing documents.

In year 11

Work with spreadsheets to:

  • Choose built-in options such as the Help function within the application to enhance productivity.
  • Enter data into cells and use good practice in creating lists. Select, sort and copy, move and delete data.
  • Edit rows and columns in a worksheet. Copy, move, delete and appropriately rename worksheets.
  • Create mathematical and logical formulas using standard spreadsheet functions. Use good practice in formula creation and recognize error values in formulas.
  • Format numbers and text content in a spreadsheet.
  • Choose, create and format charts to communicate information meaningfully.
  • Adjust spreadsheet page settings and check and correct spreadsheet content before finally printing spreadsheets.

Work with a range of software to:

  • Describe what methods, skills and resources will be required to complete tasks successfully
  • Explain why particular IT systems and software applications were chosen in terms of purpose and outcome
  • Describe any legal or local guidelines or constraints that may apply to the task or activity
  • Discuss whether the IT tools selected were appropriate for the task and purpose
  • Analyse strengths and weaknesses of final work: Format, layout, accuracy, structure, style, quality, clarity for audience
  • Describe ways to make further improvements to work: Correct mistakes, avoid affecting other people’s work, more efficient and effective ways of doing things, learning new techniques
  • Review the benefits and drawbacks of IT tools and systems used by self and others, in terms of business productivity
  • Describe ways to improve productivity and efficiency
  • Ways to improve productivity and efficiency: Save time, save money, streamline work processes, increase output

Useful Websites  

Homework

Homework is set weekly and is based on the topic of study.  Homework can take the form of research around a given media topic, practical skill building around software such as Microsoft software packages, Dreamweaver, Sans serif, photography and filming, exam and case study questions or revision for end of topic assessments.

 

If you wish to find out more about the curriculum your daughter is studying, please contact Mrs Batty.