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ICT and Computing (curriculum)

ICT and Computing
Subject Leader: Nathan Kirby – nathan.kirby@oatforge.co.uk
Coordinator of Computer Science: Andrew Watts – andrew.watts@oatforge.co.uk
Coordinator of GCSE ICT: Carlisle Malcolm – carlisle.malcolm@oatforge.co.uk

SMSC
Social
Many parts of the ICT curriculum involve group work, collaboration and the sharing of documents.

Moral
Moral issues are discussed at length during the e-safety lessons in year 7. This is further discussed in later years with reference to use of social media, ID theft, copyright laws and computer misuse.

Spiritual
Topics of classroom conversation cover sense of self – online profiles etc and the impact of computing on life and health.

Cultural
Global websites, connectivity and cultural differences are discussed when producing coursework in all years.

MORE ABLE PUPILS
More able students are encouraged to engage in activities which present them with that little extra challenge. Tasks can range from extending and adapting an existing piece of work, to developing mobile phone app coding or even increasing the complexity of an algorithm in computer science. Some of these ideas are showcased in the annual more able fair.

KEY STAGE 3

Year 7 Scheme of Work
Autumn Term
E-safety, computer hardware and software.

Spring Term
Exploring algorithms. Programming using the Python language.

Summer Term
Binary/digital storage. Electronic story books.

Year 8 Scheme of Work
Autumn Term
Networks. Using and searching the internet wisely.

Spring Term
Interactive game design using Scratch. Spreadsheets.

Summer Term
Unification project.

KEY STAGE 4

In Key Stage 4, students opting for this curriculum area, either study GCSE ICT (Edexcel) or GCSE Computing (OCR). More able students are encouraged to study the latter.

GCSE ICT

Year 9

Autumn Term
Personal digital devices: range of personal digital devices and how these impact on various sectors of society.
Spring Term
Research and information gathering:
Coursework: Activity 1
Summer Term
Modelling: how to build, adapt and enhance spreadsheet models
Coursework: Activity 2

Year 10

Autumn Term
Modelling: creating and developing charts and graphs to display numerical data, interpret results and make recommendations based upon them.
Coursework: Activity 2
Spring Term
Digital publishing: design digital products which are fit for purpose and audience
Coursework: Activity 3
Summer Term
Digital publishing: design digital products which are fit for purpose and audience
Coursework: Activity 3
Evaluating outcomes
Coursework: Activity 4

Year 11

Autumn Term
Operating online: implications of operating online, worldwide web, identification and authentication, online accounts, personal spaces, profiling (public and private) and data protection
Connectivity: device to device (cable, wireless) – broadcast (TV, radio, GPS), digital data – information – communication (email, voice, video) – applications (gaming, peripheral connections)
Mock examination

Spring Term

Online communities: social networking, online work spaces, virtual learning environments, user-generated reference sites and social book marking.
Online goods and services: online ‘shops’/physical goods , booking systems , banking and other financial services, education and training, gaming, news and other information services and auctions.
Issues: security, privacy, health and safety
Summer Term
Revision and preparation for the examination

GCSE Computing

Year 9

Autumn Term
Develop programming skills further in Scratch. Convert Scratch programs to Python. Extend Python programming skills in anticipation of coursework in Year 10. Introduction to hardware and software.

Spring Term
Binary, denary, hexadecimal number systems and conversion between these systems.
Logic gates and truth tables.
Continual programming revision exercises and challenges.

Summer Term
Designing and coding mobile phone apps for Android phones and tablets, using the App Inventor software.
Detailed study of the workings of a central processor using Little Man Computer simulator.
The contents of a processor.

Year 10

Autumn Term
Algorithm writing and documentation of coursework.
Programming coursework.
Further study of hardware and software.

Spring Term
Theory including networks and databases.
Digital storage of text, images and sound including pixels, sampling and metadata.

Summer Term
Categories of software: application software, utility software and operating systems.
Categories of programming language: high level, low level, machine code. Compilers and assemblers.
Preparation for investigation coursework.

Year 11

Autumn Term
Mock examination.
Investigation coursework.

Spring Term
Completion of theory work
Revision and exam technique.

Summer Term
Revision and preparation for theory examination.

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