The department aims to ensure a broad curriculum for students which includes the three main strands within computing: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. The curriculum aims to support all pupils to develop the skills and knowledge required for the digital world of tomorrow.
Students will each have access to Chromebooks during ICT lessons. Students have their own login and e-mail address to access the Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education. Google Classroom is used most often, and this is where their work, homework and resources are uploaded and stored, all of which is accessible outside of school.
In KS3 all children receive three ICT/Computing lessons each week, led by a specialist ICT teacher.
Year 7 starts with a focus on generic knowledge and skills building, with a focus on using the various software and applications, being safe online and computer security including password protection. In Year 8 pupils will start their focus on the on the skills and knowledge needed for progression to KS4. They will look at emerging technologies, modelling, how data is collected, used and stored and issues such as cyber-security and IT legislation.
Key Stage 4
To ensure an inclusive curriculum at key stage 4 we offer two progression pathways.
OCR Cambridge Nationals
Information Technologies Level ½ Certificate – J808
The course is assessed through an external examination (50%) and an examination board set coursework project (50%) both take place in Year 11.
This qualification will teach the learner what different technologies could be used, why they should use them and how to make best use of them, to gather, store, manipulate and present data; this is known as data management. They will also learn to follow a project life cycle of initiation, planning, execution and evaluation to complete a data management task and use their skills, knowledge and understanding of technology to complete each of the phases of the project life cycle. The skills, knowledge and understanding they will develop through this qualification are very relevant to both work and further study.
Assessment Unit R012 – Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions
Learners will sit an exam to assess their knowledge and understanding of different technologies (hardware and software applications), and tools and techniques used to select, store, manipulate and present data and information.
Assessment Unit R013 – Developing technological solutions
This assessment focuses on how effectively learners use their skills when developing a technological solution. They will be given a project to develop a technological solution that processes data and communicates information.
My Revision Notes: Cambridge National Level 1/2 Certificate in Information Technologies Paperback – 23 Feb 2018
Cambridge National Level 1/2 Certificate in Information Technologies Paperback – 23 Feb 2018
OCR Functional Skills ICT
Entry Level – 09873, 09874, 09875
Functional Skills qualifications give your students a practical grounding in how to apply ICT skills to everyday situations. With a strong focus on explanation and problem solving, using real-life contexts they allow students to apply their ICT skills in a variety of situations.
Entry Levels 1–3
We have established good links Merseyside Police cyber security department who will be visiting the school to give talks to pupils about cyber security risks. The department has made curriculum visits to Edge Hill University to take part in computer science workshops.
The department also offers computer club at KS3 where pupils have opportunities to take part in both internal and external competitions such as the Enigma challenge. Pupils also have opportunities to support their learning using devices such as the: Micro: bit, Raspberry Pi and Arduino. and at KS4 pupils are offered coursework and exam preparation support.