Information Technology

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Vision and Priorities

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 developing 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 IT and 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 also 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.

 

Staffing

ICT is currently taught by four teachers; these include Ms Ali, Mr Ali, Mr Ahmed and Mr Williams.

 

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 will be undertake six units of work.

 

  • They begin the year with an e-Safety unit, culminating in an end-of-unit test.
  • The second unit of work is a computer hardware and software theory unit, culminating in an end-of-unit test.
  • The third unit of work covers the ‘programming’ aspect of the course and pupils learn about Scratch code.  This culminates in an end-of-unit test.
  • Two short units follow this to develop pupils' algorithmic skills.  These skills are developed using 'Flowol'.
  • In the summer term pupils undertake the ‘Data Representation’ aspect of the course and this culminates in an end-of-unit test.
  • We finish the year with a unit of work that deals with graphical programming to help further develop pupils' programming skills.
  • In addition to all this, pupils will sit an internal exam in the summer term.

 

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 covers e-Safety in further depth, in which pupils learn how to stay safe online.
  • The second unit of work focusses on computer systems.
  • This is followed by a unit of work that uses ‘Scratch’ to design a computer game using intermediate level programming skills.
  • Following this, the fourth unit uses 'Python' to teach pupils the basics of text based programming.
  • The fifth unit of work is advanced Data Representation
  • 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.

 

The ICT Curriculum in Year 9

In Year 9 pupils study ICT for one hour a week and undertake five units of work.

  • We start Year 9 with a unit of work that covers the Fundamentals of Computer Systems.
  • This will be followed by a unit of work that uses block programming to create mobile phone applications.
  • The third and fourth unit of work will focus on pupils developing advanced graphical and text-based programming skills using Scratch and Python. Pupils will go on to complete a Programming project.
  • In addition to all this, pupils will sit an internal exam in the summer term.

 

The ICT Curriculum in Year 10 and Year 11

In Year 10 and 11 pupils study Core ICT for an hour and a half a week. Option Computing is studied for two hours 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.

Unit title

Assessment and duration

Weighting

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World

Externally assessed (Exam)

1 hour 30 minute

Written Paper

80 marks

 

40% of the total GCSE

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools

Internally assessed (CAB)

40 hours

Controlled Assessment

80 marks

60% of the total GCSE

In Option Computing time, pupils cover theory work that will help them pass the Unit A451 at the end of the course. Pupils will also complete Units A452 and A453 – two controlled assessments set by the exam board, OCR.

Unit title

Assessment and duration

Weighting

Unit A451: Computer Systems and programming

Externally assessed (Exam)

1 hour 30 minute

Written Paper

80 marks

 

40% of the total GCSE

Unit A452: Practical Investigation

Internally assessed

20 hours

Controlled Assessment

45 marks

30% of the total GCSE

Unit A453: Programming Project

Internally assessed

20 hours

Controlled Assessment

45 marks

30% of the total GCSE

Regular study support sessions are scheduled throughout the year to support pupils in developing their knowledge and skills in ICT and Computing.

 

Assessment for Learning

Assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning process in ICT and Computing. 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.

 

 

Address

 

Cumberland School

Oban Close, London, E13 8SJ

Phone

 

T. 020 7474 0231

F. 020 7511 2510

E-mail

 

contact@cumberland.org.uk

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