ICT

Staffing In ICT
ICT is currently taught by six teachers; these include Ms Lewis, Mr Ali, Ms Khanam, Ms Ali, Ms Nguyen and Ms Begum.


Aims Of The Department
Our department supports the school vision “to equip every Cumberland pupil with the knowledge and the skills to develop as individuals, to contribute as citizens and to build happy and fulfilling lives”.

In ICT we aim to enable every child to leave school with an accredited ICT qualification. We strive to reduce the attainment gap between groups of pupils by making effective use of data to inform teaching and learning and by constantly develop our skills as a teaching team. We aim to support pupils to understand the key skills and process they need to develop and progress. We are constantly developing a curriculum that involves a range of tasks and activities to support and challenge learners of all abilities. We are currently focussing on developing tasks that encourage pupils to be independent learners.

As teachers we are aware of the integral part that the internet plays in children’s’ lives. Our aim is to address e-safety issues and develop life skills that will help our pupils and their families understand the range of risks presented online. We want our pupils to practice safe and responsible behaviours when using digital equipment, be it a computer, or a mobile phone.  Ms Khanam has raised the awareness of e-safety this year in assembly time presentation to all year groups.

The ICT department plays a key part in developing skills that will prepare pupils’ workplace skills, which in turn will contribute to their economic wellbeing. Our Key Stage 3 curriculum contextualises learning through the use of real life situations, moving towards more problem solving scenarios by the end of the key stage. We use industry standard software and pupils develop a range of skills and knowledge alongside personal qualities such as the ability to work effectively in teams. Pupils are well prepared for the Key Stage 4 curriculum where they will study for a GCSE in ICT.


The ICT Curriculum


The ICT Curriculum in Year 7
In Year 7 pupils study ICT for one hour a week and undertake five units of work.

  • They begin the year with a computer hardware theory unit, culminating in a test.
  • The second unit of work involves using 'Scratch' software to create an arcade style computer game.
  • The third unit of work deals with data handling and focusses mainly on databases, using MS Access.
  • Following this is another theory unit, this time covering computer software, and again culminating in a test.
  • The final unit begins after the Easter break and covers modeling with spreadsheets using MS Excel. Pupils develop skills using formulae, functions and formatting. Data is manipulated to model a range of given scenarios. They also create a promotional advertisement using MS PhotoStory.
  • In addition to all this, pupils will sit an internal exam in the summer term.

 

The ICT Curriculum in Year 8

In Year 8 pupils study ICT for one hour a week and undertake four units of work.

  • We start Year 8 with a theory unit that covers the topic of 'Networking', culminating in a test.
  • This is followed by a unit of work that uses 'App Inventor' to design an app for a mobile phone.
  • The third unit of work is another theory unit, this time introducing pupils to 'Binary'.
  • Following this, the fourth unit uses 'Python' to teach pupils the basics of programming.  This builds on the knowledge and skills gained in Year 7 in the 'Scratch' project.
  • The final unit of work in Year 8 covers a range of the ICT skills and knowledge, introducing pupils to animation software and sound editing. Pupils work with more complex functions in MS Excel, MS Word and MS Access to complete problem solving scenarios.
  • In addition to all this, pupils will sit an internal exam in the summer term.
  • Pupils make Option choices in Year 8, as our Key Stage 4 courses begin in Year 9.  Computing will be a core subject and must be studied until the end of Year 11. 


The ICT Curriculum in Year 9

In Year 9 pupils study ICT for one and a half hours a week.

  • Pupils begin their KS4 course, which leads to a qualification at the end of Year 11.
  • This is a single award GCSE in ICT from the Edexcel examination board.
  • In addition to this, pupils will sit an internal exam in the summer term.  This will be based on a past paper, which will help prepare pupils for the GCSE exams which are sat at the end of the course.

 

The ICT Curriculum in Year 10
In Year 10 pupils study Core ICT for an hour and a half a week.

  • In Core ICT time, pupils cover the theory work that will help them pass the Unit 1 exam at the end of the course and they will complete Unit 2 - a Controlled Assessment Brief (CAB) set by the exam board, Edexcel.

 

The ICT Curriculum in Year 11
In Year 11 pupils study Core ICT for an hour and a half a week. Option ICT is studied for a further hour and a half per week. 

  • In Core ICT time, pupils complete Unit 1 – leading to an externally set and marked exam that is taken in the summer term.
  • The deadline for Unit 2 (The Controlled Assessment) is also at the end of the first half of the autumn term.
  • In Option ICT time, pupils study Unit 3 - a Controlled Assessment Brief (CAB) set by the exam board, Edexcel.

 

Much more detailed information and a wide range of learning materials for both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 ICT courses is available to pupils and their families via www.fronter.com/newham and on the GCSE ICT pages of the Edexcel website.

Assessment For Learning
Assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning process in ICT. Pupils are required to evaluate their own work and that of their peers. At the start of each unit they review their achievement to date and set short term targets. Pupils in both key stages are provided with the assessment criteria at the start of each unit, so they can reference what they need to do to move forward.

The teaching team assess progress through questioning in class, marking of classwork and homework, assessed tasks, and annual internal examinations. Data is recorded regularly on the school’s electronic management information system, so that we can track progress towards targets efficiently and effectively.

Attainment In Our Department

Results at end of Key Stage 3 (Level 5+)

 

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Level 5+

41%

44%

65%

40%

62%

67%

 



Results at end of Key Stage 4 (A*-C)

 

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Option ICT

95%

91%

95%

100%

100%

100%

Core ICT

N/A

N/A

N/A

74%

61%

72%

 

 

This page was last updated in March 2014