ICT and Computing

Our aim is to build practical ICT and Computing skills for life as well as for use across the curriculum.  At the same time, we prepare pupils for making the choice between ICT and Computer Science for GCSE. There is a very strong emphasis on online safety including the safe and efficient use of the internet, email and other methods of electronic communication and storage.  In addition to the practical use of all the Microsoft Office programmes, we aim to foster creativity and individuality.

Year 7
  • File Management including discussions on the advantages and disadvantages of different methods of storing files.  
  • Lessons on homophones, input and output devices, spell checking and proofreading using Microsoft Word and how to use headers, footers, tables and annotated screenshots.
  • Using the internet safely and efficiently.  Lessons include watching and discussing films from CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Safety). A presentation of a summary of this work is made using Microsoft Publisher.
  • A unit of work on Health and Safety and the physical problems associated with the use of computers.  This work is presented using Microsoft Powerpoint after discussion about audience and what makes a presentation effective.
  • Simple use of Microsoft Excel including creation of graphs and charts to be incorporated into Word, Powerpoint and Publisher.
Year 8
  • Reinforcement of internet safety including safe use of social media and culminating in an effective Powerpoint presentation using more advanced features.
  • Flowol used as an example of graphics based programming language building on the use of Scratch which was taught in Primary school.  This leads on to the use of Python at the end of the year.
  • Plagiarsm and copyright discussed and the consequences of infringement.
  • More advanced skills using internet and email including those required in the working environment and how to evaluate a website for trustworthiness.
  • How to compose and set out both personal and business letters.
  • Python programming.  This is a text-based language and we give a basic introduction to its use.  Pupils will be encouraged to use this free program either in after school club or at home to further develop their skills.  Pupils who wish to take Computer Science as a GCSE option will need to have shown their aptitude and provide evidence that they have developed their programming skills in their own time.
Year 9
  • More advanced use of Microsoft Excel including skills needed for GCSE in other subjects such as Geography (analysis of data and graphs and charts) and Business Studies (break even charts and cash flow forecasts).
  • Reinforcement work on internet safety and research, referencing, plagiarism and copyright.
  • Further work on presentation in preparation for GCSEs in all subjects using Word, Publisher and Powerpoint and strengthening proof reading skills.
  • GCSE units of work which would be of value to pupils taking either ICT or Computer Science as an option.
  • Provision of after school clubs and support for pupils interested in programming as a GCSE option.