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Computing, ICT and Computer Science

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Pupils will cover a wide range of topics that will allow them to use conceptual thinking and creativity in today’s rapidly changing world. By the end of the Key stage it is our aim that pupils become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of ICT. Below is a breakdown of areas that will be taught.

 

Digital Literacy

It is important that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

 

Computer Programming

Through visual and textual programming, pupils will have the opportunity to become creators as well as users of technology. Programmes such as Scratch and Kodu allow pupils to make their own games rather than playing them.

 

Understanding Computers

Pupils will learn the hardware and software components that make up a computer and how they communicate with one another and with other systems.

 

Safety and responsibility

Pupils will understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely. This includes protecting their on-line identity and privacy, recognising inappropriate content, contact and conduct, and knowing how to report concerns.

 

Marking and Assessment

KS3 Pupils : Years 7-9

Pupils are assessed on practical project based tasks that take place each half-term. Assessment is ongoing and covers the areas outlined above.

 

KS4 Pupils : Years 10-11

Cambridge Nationals ICT

  • Business project: (25% controlled assessment)
  • Creating a website: (25% controlled assessment)
  • Understanding computers: (25% written exam)
  • Designing a logo: (25% controlled assessment)

 

KS4 Computer Science

  • Computer systems: (40% written exam)
  • Computational thinking and algorithms: (40% written exam)
  • A programming language: (20% programming project).

 

Marking takes place to give pupils regular feedback and inform and measure progress. As well as teacher feedback pupils are also given the opportunity to give peer feedback. This is used to motivate, check understanding and encourage pupils, as well as, set future targets. The marking and assessment of pupils is also used to involve and inform parents.

 

OVERVIEW

ICT skills are essential for success in employment and higher education, and are among the fundamental transferable skills required by employers. Cambridge Nationals deliver these skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring pupils to achieve their full potential.