ICT and Computing

Hodder Dynamic Learning

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


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 and Computing we aim to enable every child to leave school with an accredited 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.  Awareness of e-safety is supported by presentations made in assembly time.

The ICT and Computing 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 and/or GCSE Computing.


The ICT and Computing Curriculum


The ICT and Computing Curriculum in Year 7
In Year 7 pupils study ICT and Computing for one hour a week and work towards the OCR GCSE Entry Level Computing qualification.

  • They begin the year with an e-Safety unit, culminating in a quiz and a "Doddle" test.
  • The second unit of work is a computer hardware theory unit, culminating in their first exam.
  • The third unit of work covers the 'logic' aspect of the course and pupils learn about binary code.  This culminates in their second exam.
  • Two short units follow this to develop pupils' programming skills.  Programming concepts are developed using 'Scratch' and 'Flowol'.
  • In the summer term pupils undertake the 'Software Theory' aspect of the course and this culminates in their third exam.
  • We finish the year with a unit of work that deals with spreadsheets and databases to develop pupils' data handling skills.
  • As pupils will have sat three short exams for the qualification throughout the year, they do not sit an internal exam in the summer term as they do in other subjects.

 

The ICT and Computing Curriculum in Year 8

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

  • We start Year 8 with a unit of work that combines learning about HTML and e-Safety, in which pupils design a website about staying safe online.
  • The second unit of work focusses on binary code.
  • This is followed by a unit of work that uses 'Kodu' to design a computer game.
  • Following this, the fourth unit uses 'Python' to teach pupils the basics of text based programming. 
  • 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.  


Next year, pupils in Year 8 will continue with the OCR GCSE Entry Level Computing qualification which they have started this year in Year 7.

  • We will start Year 8 with a short unit of work that combines learning about HTML and e-Safety, in which pupils design a website about staying safe online.
  • The second unit of work is the 'Programming Concepts' aspect of the course and pupils will follow a brief set by the examination board to design an appropriate computer program.
  • This is followed by a unit of work in which pupils must write a report on a selected 'Trend in Computing'.  This is the final aspect of the OCR qualification.
  • We will finish the academic year off with a short unit on text based programming, using Python.

The specification for the KS3 course that we follow can be found here.

 

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

2014

Level 5+

41%

44%

65%

40%

62%

67%

72%
 



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

 

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2013

Option ICT

95%

91%

95%

100%

100%

100%

43%

Core ICT

N/A

N/A

N/A

74%

61%

72%

38%

 

This page was last updated in October 2014