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“Alan Turing gave us a mathematical model of digital computing that has completely withstood the test of time. He gave us a very, very clear description that was truly prophetic.”

George Dyson

Our mission is to allow students to be part of the digital revolution and be at the forefront of technology in the 21st Century. They will have the confidence to use the range of information technologies that are currently available, as well as being adaptable and resilient enough to deal with the rapid advances in this field. They will have robust problem solving skills and the ability to take data and create digital solutions. Students will be empowered to make safe decisions and understand the consequences of cybercrime.

The study of Computer Science & ICT will provide the skills and knowledge for our future generations to make a positive contribution to society in a digital world.  .

Assessment

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

Year 7

Term

Topic/ Key Enquiry Question

Type of Assessment

Autumn

Unit 1 -School Networks
The purpose of a network and network safety.

Unit 2 -Online Safety
Understand the importance of using passwords and to be able to construct strong passwords.

Ongoing Assessment

End of Unit grade awarded

Spring

Unit 3 -Hardware and Software

Identify basic computer hardware and software required for a computer system

Unit 4 -Binary

Learn how to convert denary to binary and vice versa

Ongoing Assessment

End of Unit grade awarded

Summer

Unit 5 -Data Representation images and sound

Understand how data, images and sound are represented in computer code

Unit 6- Flowcharts

Students learn how  to construct flowcharts and how to solve problems using  flowcharts

Ongoing Assessment

End of Unit grade awarded

Extra-Curricular Activities/ How you can help at home

Go over what has been learnt in school.

Use Teach-ICT website

Attend computer club

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Year 8

Term

Topic/ Key Enquiry Question

Type of Assessment

Autumn

Unit 1 – Cyberbullying and Online grooming

Understand how to stay safe from cyberbullying and online grooming

Unit 2- Computational thinking

Understand the steps taken in computational thinking to improve problem solving skills

Ongoing Assessment

End of Unit grade awarded

Spring

Unit 3- Pseudocode

Understanding the importance of Pseudocode in writing computer code

Unit 4- Sorting and Searching

Sorting and searching methods used in computing.

Ongoing Assessment

End of Unit grade awarded

Summer

Unit 5- Scratch

Write programs using a visual block based programming technique.

Unit 6- Python an introduction

Write code to program a chatbot using Python

 

Ongoing Assessment

End of Unit grade awarded

Extra-Curricular Activities/ How you can help at home

Go over what has been learnt in school.

Use Teach-ICT website

Attend computer club

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Year 9

Term

Topic/ Key Enquiry Question

Type of Assessment

Autumn

Unit 1 – Online Safety

Understanding the importance and consequences of sending inappropriate images and content on the internet.

Unit 2- Networks

Understand how networks are set up to ensure effective communications

Ongoing Assessment

End of Unit grade awarded

Spring

Unit 3- Boolean Logic

Understand how Boolean logic is used in computing

Unit 4- Python intro and Numbers

Use Python to program a chatbot and to write a calculator program

Ongoing Assessment

End of Unit grade awarded

Summer

Unit 5- Python and Drawing

Use Python to draw images

Unit 6- HTML and CSS on introduction

Understand how to write customised style sheets and to code in HTML

Ongoing Assessment

End of Unit grade awarded

Extra-Curricular Activities/ How you can help at home

Go over what has been learnt in school.

Use Teach-ICT website

Attend computer club

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Year 11

Term

Topic/ Key Enquiry Question

Type of Assessment

Autumn

Recap and revision of units studied in year 10 to enable students to complete the coursework task set by the examination board.

Unit R013 Coursework task. Students are set a controlled piece of coursework to complete.

Internally assessed coursework.

Spring

Unit R013 to complete by end of January 2021.

Recap and revision of Units 1,3,4 & 6. These are needed for the examination in the summer. The topics include Client Brief Analysis/ User Requirements, Constraints & Risks/ Risk Mitigation, Legal Requirements, Success Criteria/ SMART Goals and phase reviews.

Once coursework is completed it is internally assessed and externally moderated by the examination board.

Ongoing assessment via exam style practice questions at end of each module.

Summer

Unit R012 Examination preparation.

Ongoing assessment via exam style practice questions at end of each module.

Summer Examinations.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities/ How you can help at home

Encourage students to read Computer magazines. Research information using Youtube and the Internet. Revise the work using textbooks.

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Year 12

Term

Topic/ Key Enquiry Question

Type of Assessment

Autumn

Unit 1.Fundamentals of ICT. Students look at the key areas of computer hardware, understand computer software and look at business IT systems.

Unit 2. Global information. Students study how information is stored and the uses of information.

Ongoing assessment via exam style practice questions at end of each module.

Spring

Unit 1.Fundamentals of ICT. Students look the skills needed in the IT industry and ethical & operational issues. Computer threats are also studies.

Unit 2. Global information. Students look at the difference between data and information, how it can be analysed and the legal implication of storing date

Ongoing assessment via exam style practice questions at end of each module.

Summer

Units 1 and 2 are tested in public examinations.

Unit 8. Project management. Students look at the different management styles and create their first piece of coursework based on this.

Summer Examinations.

Internally assessed coursework and externally moderated by the examination board.

Extra-Curricular Activities/ How you can help at home

Encourage students to read Computer magazines. Research information using Youtube and the Internet. Revise the work using textbooks.

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Year 13

Term

Topic/ Key Enquiry Question

Type of Assessment

Autumn

Unit 8. Project management. Students started this coursework in year 12, they continue to complete the work ready for assessment in January.

Unit 3. Cyber security. Students study what is meant by cyber security, understand the issues surrounding it and measures used to protect against cyber incidents.

Unit 8 is internally assessed coursework and externally moderated by the examination board.

Ongoing assessment via exam style practice questions at end of each module. The students are able to take the public examination in January for this unit.

Spring

Unit 17.The Internet of Everything. Students start the second piece of coursework and look at how the modern world is increasingly becoming connected to the Internet. Students look at devices that are available now and design a device of the future.

Ongoing assessment via exam style practice questions at end of each module.

Summer

Unit 17.The Internet of Everything.  Students finish this coursework with a presentation of their ideas and finalise their second piece of coursework.

Unit 3 Cyber security. Students have the opportunity to retake the unit 3 exam in May if needed.

Internally assessed coursework and externally moderated by the examination board.

In needed, students can take a re-sit of the Unit 3 examination in May.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities/ How you can help at home

Encourage students to read Computer magazines. Research information using Youtube and the Internet. Revise the work using textbooks.

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How we assess what your child has been taught;

ICT

How will classwork be marked/

monitored/

graded/

self-assessed

KS3

Once every 3 weeks due to number of lessons per fortnight. Levels will be awarded at end of the unit of work. The teacher will use whole school marking codes on your work as well as verbal feedback. Teachers will use red pen on printed out work.

KS4

Online resources used for students to access in school or at home. Some of these will be online tests which are marked automatically. Once every 2/3 weeks, the worksheets given numerical marks. Grades will be awarded upon completion of the piece of work. Teacher verbal feedback. Teachers will use red pen.

KS5

Student books reviewed once per fortnight in year 12. Coursework makes up the majority of the work in year 13 so may be reviewed every 2/3 weeks.

What classwork will be marked?

KS3

Classroom notes and printouts will be given teacher comments. Some work may be visual (PowerPoints) and therefore verbal feedback from teacher and students may be more appropriate.

KS4

Teachers will comment and mark the activity sheets the students get given following the course. Permitted verbal feedback will be given on set assessments. Controlled assessment in some areas cannot be marked formally as work progresses.

KS5

Classroom notes will be reviewed and practice exam papers, usually with student involvement to help them understand the marking criteria better.

How will students ‘reflect’ on marking/ feedback?

KS3/KS4/KS5

Students in KS3 have assessment booklets for all the units they study; there is a reflection area for each unit of work.

In KS4 the activity sheets are marked. JL has created a spreadsheet to convert percentages for each worksheet and matched it to the exam board grade boundaries for the examination component.

In KS5 reflection usually takes place by looking at the criteria they need to achieve and seeing how they can improve their performance.

How will Homework be marked/

monitored/

graded?

KS3

Homework is often part of practical activity or online work and is marked as described above.

KS4

Homework is often to complete the activity worksheets and these are marked as described above. Online tests that are given are marked automatically.

KS5

Homework is marked as and when needed, this could be varied and include independent research or reading around a topic.

What are the formal Assessments? When are they marked?

KS3- students given tasks to complete, usually these are printed out and given a level in the assessment booklet all KS3 have. Students have an end of year ICT exam also.

KS4- The formal assessment in KS4 is the coursework, there is limited marking that can take place whilst these are being completed. Practice tasks are marked and verbal feedback given as the level it would have achieved, usually by referring to the marking criteria produced by the exam board. Marks from classwork worksheets are recorded and converted to grade as specified by examination board.

KS5- Year 12 are given practice exam questions and marked according to exam mark schemes to gain insight to the level they are working at. Year 13 use the exam criteria extensively whilst completing coursework and they are graded to those criteria.

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