ICT

ICT and Computing are taught at The Wilnecote School as a stand-alone subject at Key Stage 3, students are taught in 3 hours per fortnight.

Students are offered ICT, Business Studies and Computer Science as optional subjects at Key Stage 4.

The Computing, Business and ICT department have 4 dedicated computer rooms.

Summary – Students are offered a wide range of opportunities at KS3 within the ICT and Computing curriculum.

 

We use a variety of resources to ensure all students have a broad and balanced learning experience, we aim to:

  • Promote student’s confidence in using both ICT and Computing for example when programming in Scratch, Small Basic and Python, understanding computers including binary numbers, as well as networks, web design and stop start animation.
  • We provide students with a range of relevant resources and example materials to promote independence, and to challenge students to further develop their understanding of each topic.

KS3 Course Content

Year 7

  • E-safety
  • Stop Start Animation on an aspect of E-safety
  • Programming using Scratch to create a Virtual Pet
  • Using spreadsheets

Year 8

  • Computer networks, infrastructure and topologies, security which includes different types of encryption.
  • Web Design
  • Programming using BBC MicroBits
  • Crime and the bigger picture

 

Assessment

Students will be offered different opportunities to improve practical work, for example planning and design and evaluations using their personal learning checklists and specific acts.  Students are given time to improve their work after both peer and self-assessment for all units of work, students are encouraged to give thoughtful and constructive comments to other students which focuses on audience and purpose.

 

Resources

All students have access to the School resources drive from their own user area.

Students in Years 9 and 10, for examination in 2020 will study the

Edexcel BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information Technologies

Component 1 Exploring User Interface Design Principles & Project Planning

  • Internally assessed assessment 30%
  • Learning Aim A – Investigate user interface design
  • Learning Aim B – Use Project Planning techniques
  • Learning Aim C – Develop & Review a user interface

Component 2 Collecting, Presenting & Interpreting Data

  • Internally assessed assessment 30%
  • Learning Aim A – Investigate the role & impact of using data
  • Learning Aim B – Create a dashboard using data manipulation tools
  • Learning Aim C – Draw conclusions & review data presentation methods

Component 3 Effective Digital Working practices

  • Externally assessed examination 40%
  • Focusing on:
  • Modern Technologies
  • Cybersecurity
  • Sharing data
  • Planning & Communication in Digital Technology

Students in Year 11, for examination in 2019 will study the OCR Cambridge Nationals in Information Technologies

Unit 1: R012 Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions

During this unit students will gain knowledge and understanding of different technologies, tools and techniques used to select, store, manipulate and present data and information.

During this unit students will focus on the following:

  • Understand tools and techniques that can be used to initiate and plan solutions
  • Understand how data and information can be collected, stored and used
  • Understand the factors to be considered when collecting and processing data and storing data/information.
  • Understand the different methods of processing data and presenting information

Assessment: Students will sit an external exam to assess their knowledge and understanding.  The exam has a time allowed of 1 hour 45 minutes and is worth 50% of students’ final grade.

Unit 2: R013 Developing technological solutions

his unit will focus on how effectively learners use their skills when developing a technological solution. Students will follow the phases of the project lifecycle to develop their solutions.

 During this unit students will focus on the following:

  • Be able to initiate and plan a solution to meet an identified need
  • Be able to import and manipulate data to develop a solution to meet an identified need
  • Be able to select and present information in the development of the solution to meet an identified need
  • Be able to iteratively review and evaluate the development of the solution

 Assessment: Students will be internally assessed through an OCR set assignment, this will then be externally assessed by the exam board.  The assessment is worth 50% of students’ final exam grade.

GCSE Computer Science (9-1)

Year 9, 10 and Year 11 Students will study the Principles of Computer Science

Where students will look at understanding computer components, how to construct truth tables and produce logic statements, binary and data representation, data storage and compression, encryption and databases.  Students will also look at computer networks, the internet and worldwide web.  Students will gain an awareness of emerging trends in computing technologies and impact of computing on different groups in society. This will be an externally examination worth 50% of their final grade

Students will also look at the Application of Computational Thinking

This will look at understanding what algorithms are, how and what they are used for, students will gain the confidence to interpret, amend and create algorithms.  Students will look at the requirements for writing program code. This will be an externally examination worth 50% of their final grade.

During the course students will also complete a practical programming project set externally by the exam board, to prepare for the project students will develop their knowledge and understanding of writing code, using selection, iteration, as well as how to debug their own code.

GCSE Business Studies (9-1) for examination in 2019 and 2020

Students will cover 2 units of work during their GCSE course.

During the course students will cover Unit 1 Investigating a small business, where students will look at how to discover a business opportunity, how to show enterprise, putting a business idea into practice and understanding external influences on a business.

Unit 1 is externally assessed in a 1 hour and 30-minute exam, which is worth 50% of the final GCSE grade.

Unit 2 Building a Business where students will cover growing the business, making marketing decisions, making operational needs, financial decisions and people management.   This unit is externally assessed in a 1 hour and 30-minute exam, which is worth 50% of the final GCSE grade.

Assessment

All students will be supported in their studies and will be prepared fully for formal and informal assessment.  Students will receive detailed feedback which they are expected to act upon.  Students will have end of unit assessments, mock examinations and keyword tests.

Resources

Students will have access to the school shared area, as well as the subject areas of the schools VLE which can be accessed from home.  All students will be given the opportunity to purchase a revision guide and workbook to support them in their studies.

Assessment

All students will be supported in their studies and will be prepared fully for formal and informal assessment.  Students will receive detailed feedback which they are expected to act upon.  Students will have end of unit assessments, mock examinations and keyword tests.

Resources

Students will have access to the school shared area, as well as the subject areas of the schools VLE which can be accessed from home.  All students will be given the opportunity to purchase a revision guide and workbook to support them in their studies.

Extra-Curricular Activities & Opportunities

All students are offered the opportunities for extra support after school in room 31 on a Wednesday and Thursday.

Key Stage 3

Summary – Students are offered a wide range of opportunities at KS3 within the ICT and Computing curriculum.

 

We use a variety of resources to ensure all students have a broad and balanced learning experience, we aim to:

  • Promote student’s confidence in using both ICT and Computing for example when programming in Scratch, Small Basic and Python, understanding computers including binary numbers, as well as networks, web design and stop start animation.
  • We provide students with a range of relevant resources and example materials to promote independence, and to challenge students to further develop their understanding of each topic.

KS3 Course Content

Year 7

  • E-safety
  • Stop Start Animation on an aspect of E-safety
  • Programming using Scratch to create a Virtual Pet
  • Using spreadsheets

Year 8

  • Computer networks, infrastructure and topologies, security which includes different types of encryption.
  • Web Design
  • Programming using BBC MicroBits
  • Crime and the bigger picture

 

Assessment

Students will be offered different opportunities to improve practical work, for example planning and design and evaluations using their personal learning checklists and specific acts.  Students are given time to improve their work after both peer and self-assessment for all units of work, students are encouraged to give thoughtful and constructive comments to other students which focuses on audience and purpose.

 

Resources

All students have access to the School resources drive from their own user area.

Key Stage 4

Students in Years 9 and 10, for examination in 2020 will study the

Edexcel BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information Technologies

Component 1 Exploring User Interface Design Principles & Project Planning

  • Internally assessed assessment 30%
  • Learning Aim A – Investigate user interface design
  • Learning Aim B – Use Project Planning techniques
  • Learning Aim C – Develop & Review a user interface

Component 2 Collecting, Presenting & Interpreting Data

  • Internally assessed assessment 30%
  • Learning Aim A – Investigate the role & impact of using data
  • Learning Aim B – Create a dashboard using data manipulation tools
  • Learning Aim C – Draw conclusions & review data presentation methods

Component 3 Effective Digital Working practices

  • Externally assessed examination 40%
  • Focusing on:
  • Modern Technologies
  • Cybersecurity
  • Sharing data
  • Planning & Communication in Digital Technology

Students in Year 11, for examination in 2019 will study the OCR Cambridge Nationals in Information Technologies

Unit 1: R012 Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions

During this unit students will gain knowledge and understanding of different technologies, tools and techniques used to select, store, manipulate and present data and information.

During this unit students will focus on the following:

  • Understand tools and techniques that can be used to initiate and plan solutions
  • Understand how data and information can be collected, stored and used
  • Understand the factors to be considered when collecting and processing data and storing data/information.
  • Understand the different methods of processing data and presenting information

Assessment: Students will sit an external exam to assess their knowledge and understanding.  The exam has a time allowed of 1 hour 45 minutes and is worth 50% of students’ final grade.

Unit 2: R013 Developing technological solutions

his unit will focus on how effectively learners use their skills when developing a technological solution. Students will follow the phases of the project lifecycle to develop their solutions.

 During this unit students will focus on the following:

  • Be able to initiate and plan a solution to meet an identified need
  • Be able to import and manipulate data to develop a solution to meet an identified need
  • Be able to select and present information in the development of the solution to meet an identified need
  • Be able to iteratively review and evaluate the development of the solution

 Assessment: Students will be internally assessed through an OCR set assignment, this will then be externally assessed by the exam board.  The assessment is worth 50% of students’ final exam grade.

GCSE Computer Science (9-1)

Year 9, 10 and Year 11 Students will study the Principles of Computer Science

Where students will look at understanding computer components, how to construct truth tables and produce logic statements, binary and data representation, data storage and compression, encryption and databases.  Students will also look at computer networks, the internet and worldwide web.  Students will gain an awareness of emerging trends in computing technologies and impact of computing on different groups in society. This will be an externally examination worth 50% of their final grade

Students will also look at the Application of Computational Thinking

This will look at understanding what algorithms are, how and what they are used for, students will gain the confidence to interpret, amend and create algorithms.  Students will look at the requirements for writing program code. This will be an externally examination worth 50% of their final grade.

During the course students will also complete a practical programming project set externally by the exam board, to prepare for the project students will develop their knowledge and understanding of writing code, using selection, iteration, as well as how to debug their own code.

GCSE Business Studies (9-1) for examination in 2019 and 2020

Students will cover 2 units of work during their GCSE course.

During the course students will cover Unit 1 Investigating a small business, where students will look at how to discover a business opportunity, how to show enterprise, putting a business idea into practice and understanding external influences on a business.

Unit 1 is externally assessed in a 1 hour and 30-minute exam, which is worth 50% of the final GCSE grade.

Unit 2 Building a Business where students will cover growing the business, making marketing decisions, making operational needs, financial decisions and people management.   This unit is externally assessed in a 1 hour and 30-minute exam, which is worth 50% of the final GCSE grade.

Assessment

All students will be supported in their studies and will be prepared fully for formal and informal assessment.  Students will receive detailed feedback which they are expected to act upon.  Students will have end of unit assessments, mock examinations and keyword tests.

Resources

Students will have access to the school shared area, as well as the subject areas of the schools VLE which can be accessed from home.  All students will be given the opportunity to purchase a revision guide and workbook to support them in their studies.

Assesment, Resources & Extra-Curricular

Assessment

All students will be supported in their studies and will be prepared fully for formal and informal assessment.  Students will receive detailed feedback which they are expected to act upon.  Students will have end of unit assessments, mock examinations and keyword tests.

Resources

Students will have access to the school shared area, as well as the subject areas of the schools VLE which can be accessed from home.  All students will be given the opportunity to purchase a revision guide and workbook to support them in their studies.

Extra-Curricular Activities & Opportunities

All students are offered the opportunities for extra support after school in room 31 on a Wednesday and Thursday.