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Computing, ICT and Digital Literacy: Key Stage 3

Subject Content: Year 7

Students will complete eight projects designed to develop their skills across a range of software whilst developing theory. Students will learn about binary and understand how it is applied. They will have an opportunity to learn about e-safety and know how to apply these skills into real life scenarios. They will begin to understand algorithms, using search criteria, whilst beginning to apply logic and sequence. Students will also have an opportunity to design web pages, games and models.

Subject Content: Year 8

The eight projects in Year 8 are designed to strengthen and develop skills learned in Year 7. Students will have the opportunity to investigate cryptography and further e-safety skills, particularly social networking. They will have an opportunity to develop programming skills as well as create web sites and advanced game making. There are elements of graphic design and photo editing and an opportunity to develop algorithm knowledge, sorting criteria.

KS3 Skills Taught

Students are taught a plethora of skills to enhance their use of different software packages, including Office 2010 and the Adobe Master Collection Suite.
A range of programming skills will be introduced and developed , alongside the ability to use logic and sequencing.
Students are taught to how to review, design, plan and build solutions to a range of scenarios.
Skills are developed towards students learning to become both confident and autonomous users of ICT.

Key Stage 4 –Year 9 and 10

Exam Board: Pearson CiDA – Certificate in Digital Applications
Subject Content:

Unit 1: Developing Web Products

You will need to complete a 2.5 hour practical computer-based examination. There will be one task divided into two activities.

In the first activity, you will have to use web authoring software and other software tools to create a web product for a specified audience and purpose, using a client brief. In the second activity, you have to evaluate your product.

What you need to learn:

  • 1.1 Audience and purpose
  • 1.2 Client briefs and the project lifecycle
  • 1.3 Site structure
  • 1.4 Consistency
  • 1.5 Composition and page design
  • 1.6 Accessibility
  • 1.7 Content selection and preparation
  • 1.8 Coding
  • 1.9 Testing
  • 1.10 Evaluation

Unit 3 Artwork an Imaging

This project brief will require you to produce images and artwork for a specified purpose and audience. It should take you approximately 30 hours to complete. You will be expected to:

  • Design and develop graphic products
  • Develop scaleable images and artwork
  • Develop bitmap images and artwork
  • Exhibit work in an eportfolio
  • Review the products

Subject Content: Year 9

The format for Year 9 introduces and strengthens skills in preparation for the coursework and controlled assessment. The structure allows students to become more autonomous learners, learning how to structure priorities, develop time management, meet deadlines and develop their skills in artwork and imaging. Students will also be introduced to web authoring and coding and begin to practice creating a website using more technical skills, needed for both units.

Subject Content: Year 10

The students in Year 10 will begin by developing a range of skills required to meet the coursework brief. In October they will begin the coursework and follow the criteria of the summative project brief released for that academic year. During this time students will also be introduced to web authoring and coding and begin to practice creating a website using more technical skills, needed for both units.

Key Stage 4 - Year 11

BTEC ICT
Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel
Subject Content

Unit 1 External Examination  - The Online World requires the following learning:

A investigate online services and online communication
B investigate components of the internet and how digital devices exchange and
store information
C investigate issues with operating online.

Unit 3 Digital Portfolio requires the following learning:

A design a digital portfolio
B create and test a digital portfolio
C review the digital portfolio.

Skills Taught

Students will be taught the skills required for independent  research and study. They will then embark on learning about The Online World in preparation for their online examination. They will investigate online services and online communication; investigate components of the internet and how digital devices exchange and store information; investigate issues with operating online.

Students will learn about what a digital portfolio is and begin to develop the skills needed in order to create their own digital portfolio for Unit 3. They will use a range of tools and develop skills using Dreamweaver. They will have the opportunity to look at existing digital portfolios to compare good and bad design.Student will then use a range of methods to design a digital portfolio and practise the skills that they have been taught in Dreamweaver.

Assessment Detail

  • Unit 1 External Examination  - The Online World (25% of Overall Grade)
  • Unit 3 Digital Portfolio (25% of Overall Grade)
  • Two further units of study are worth 25% each of the Overall Grade.