In ICT and Computing we are keen to prepare our students for their time after Clare Mount and so our curriculum reflects this throughout Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.
In Key Stage 3 we are teaching all of skills in order to prepare the students for their qualifications in Key Stage 4 ICT. The students will make Logos, Posters, create Spreadsheets and Databases as well as using Presentation software when learning through the Microsoft Office suite. They will also be learning how to program and create their own games and animations using Scratch, Kodu and Python programming language as well as Website Creation using Wix who are a website creation company.
All of the skills will prepare our students for their Key Stage 4 studies. All students in Year 11 will study to achieve at least a Level 1 qualification in the Cambridge National ICT course, a recognised qualification equivalent to GCSE, whilst those who choose the option lesson will study Computer Science at GCSE. In Year 10 all students are working towards the Cambridge National Award and the option group will study to achieve Computer Science GCSE through OCR. Throughout the year we work on standalone projects in relation to cross curricular studies including Maths, English and Science and also study E-safety every year during Safer Internet week.
Key Stage 5 some students are studying the skills which would enable them to achieve the ECDL qualification in ICT and some will attempt this next summer. Another group are working on basic Media work and improving their Media skills with the production of a 6th Form Newsletter whilst working on the BBC School News Report Project.