ICT & Computer Science

“All students should have the opportunity to experience ICT and Computer Science, leaving Wildern as digitally literate citizens, as safe and responsible ICT users and equipped with the skills, knowledge and qualifications needed for their life and careers.”

KS3

Year 7

Department: COMPUTING 

Periods per fortnight 2

Class Organisation: Mixed ability 

Course Overview: Students will complete 3 units – 

1) Unit 1: Digital Literacy - Using Google Apps for Learning 

2) Unit 2: Hardware, Software and Logic

3) Unit 3: Computational Thinking and Problem Solving

How students will be assessed: Baseline assessment within first month. Mid unit and end of unit formal teacher assessment.

Homework: Home Study takes the form of an extended learning project that both embeds the learning of the lessons within the unit, and provides skills-building in preparation for each mid and end assessment point.

Parental support:  Make sure homestudy is completed.  Encourage use of computing at home.

Year 8

Department: COMPUTING

Periods per fortnight 2

Class Organisation: Mixed Ability

Course Overview: Students will complete 3 units:

Unit 4: Python Programming 

Unit 5: Graphic Products

Unit 6: Web Development

How students will be assessed Teacher assessment at mid and end unit points. 

Homework: Homestudy takes the form of an extended learning project that both embeds the learning of the lessons within the unit, and provides skills-building in preparation for each mid and end assessment point.

Parental support: Checking homestudy regularly  Encourage use of computing at home.

KS4

KS4 ICT - CiDA

The new revised Certificate in Digital Applications is designed to engage and enthuse young people with an interest in creative media production and to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to design and make effective digital products. CiDA is taught in ICT lessons with the GCSE computer science.

Young people will learn how to express their creativity in an informed and responsible way and encourage them to reflect on what they produce and strive for Excellence.

Students will gain the skills they need to support future learning and to exploit the creative and commercial employment opportunities on offer in the digital world in which they are growing up.

Learners must complete one mandatory unit in exam conditions
Developing Web Products
And one coursework unit:
Artwork and Imaging

The new Certificate in Digital Applications includes an external assessment which comprises 25% of the total assessment for the qualification. The external assessment takes the form of a practical, computer-based task and is available twice a year in January and June.

KS4 Computer Science - GCSE Computer Science

 This is a new, single tier, linear GCSE in Computing Science and is an option choice for students in Key Stage 4. By delivering a GCSE in Computing Science we will be providing more choice to students who wish to study for a recognised qualification in computer science. Whilst recognising that computing science is a rigorous academic subject, we hope that this new GCSE will foster creativity and inventiveness. The new specification ‘Computing Science’ will emphasise the fact that learners will be expected to apply their knowledge of computer systems and programming to solve problems using rapid prototyping techniques to test out ideas and prove that they work.

Learners will be expected to: 

  • AO1. Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of the concepts and principles of computing science
  • AO2. Apply tools and techniques from computing science to analyse problems and produce solutions
  • AO3. Understand, evaluate, make reasoned judgements about the use of computer systems in industry, commerce, arts and elsewhere, including ethical, social, legal and environmental factors

GCSE Computing Science will have 3 Assessment components: Two externally assessed 1 hour 30 minute examination papers, contributing 80% of the total assessment weighting. Two externally assessed controlled assessment tasks, contributing 60% of the total assessment weighting in programming, Apps, gaming and web design. 

The GCSE Computing Science qualification will be available to all learners who are capable of reaching the required standard. It will support progress to further study at Level 3, including GCEs and BTECs in IT, Computing and related subjects.

Clubs/extra-curricular 

A coding club is available to any students that are keen to learn and develop their coding skills. Students will be able to meet other like minded students and learn how to use a BBC Microbit. The main language learnt is Python but others can be explored.

Drop in clinics run daily to during lunch and after school to support pupils learning

Visits

A unique trip to visit Bletchley Park, the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern Information Technology.  Students will spend the day learning about how Alan Turing, the Founder of Computer Science, cracked the Enigma code that helped the allies win WWII.  The guided tour and workshop included explore mathematical encryption and encoding techniques that have been used throughout history, tackling complex processes to solve a code breaking challenge. The workshop also includes a unique opportunity to see a genuine Enigma machine and be introduced to its design and role in WWII.

Facilities and Resources

There are 12 ICT suites spread across the school.  PCs in these suites run Windows 7,Microsoft Office 2013, Adobe  Master Collection as well as many other applications specific to various different departments.

All ICT teachers have access to a PC and interactive whiteboard in their individual teaching rooms.

When not in use for ICT lesson each suite is available for booking for use by other subjects