ICT & Computer Science

‚ÄúAll 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.‚ÄĚ

KS3

Year 7

Department: COMPUTING 

Periods per fortnight 2

Class Organisation: Mixed ability 

Course Overview: Students will complete 3 units ‚Äst

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.

Self-study: 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 home study is completed.  Encourage use of computing at home.

Year 8

Department: COMPUTING

Periods per fortnight 3

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 - BTEC in Digital Information - Year 9 & 10

The new BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information is designed to offers practical introduction to life and work in the ICT industry as well as developing transferable skills that can be applied elsewhere

Students will be involved in learning about:
‚ÄĘ developing technical skills and techniques
‚ÄĘ planning a digital solution for a given brief
‚ÄĘ developing an understanding of what cyber security is and the importance of legal and
ethical considerations when using modern technologies.

The course consists of 3 assessment components, 2 internally assessed components and 1 externally assessed component:

Component 1: Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques 30%
Component 2: Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data 30%
Component 3: Effective Digital Working Practices 40%

These components build on each other to motivate your students by helping them put what
they’ve learned into practice and grow in confidence.

With a BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information Technology, students are able to explore,
challenge and realise their potential. During the course, students can assess whether the digital industry aligns with their expectations,by providing them with an insight into the skills and knowledge they'll need to succeed in this sector.
After completing the course, students can continue on to further vocational study with a
BTEC National in IT or Computing at Level 3. They could also progress to a Computer Science AS or A Level, as well as apprenticeships or traineeships.
Students will also gain transferable skills during their studies such as self-reflection,
communication, teamwork and problem solving, which will support their current and future
progression.

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 ‚ÄėComputing Science‚Äô 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 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