Ormiston NEW Academy

Excellence through Endeavour

ICT and Computing

  • Head of subject: Mr M Blower
  • Year groups taught: Year 7 to 13

Introduction

Welcome to the ICT department we have a wide variety of courses on offer for our students to progress at a suitable level to their needs and requirements

Why is this subject important?

If students are interested in the following sectors then these course would support their direction towards these careers:

Media focused sector, General ICT, Problem solver, Project management, ICT Manager, Customer services, Human resources, ICT Developer, Computer Scientist, Programmer, Web Developer, Games Developer/Designer, Software Engineer, Database Administrator, Digital Analyst

Resources to highlight

The use of technology in our department is vital to the education and development of our students which is why we use the latest software in all fields so students who wish to develop their computing and ICT skills go out using industry standard software with confidence.

Key stage 3

Students study Computer Science, and elements of Information Technology. This enables our students to develop and apply their analytic, problem-solving, design and computational thinking skills. The topics of study aim to develop positive minds towards building technology as well as using it.  Students will study the use of numerical modelling to understand how to interrogate data. Student will also gain an understanding of storing, manipulating and interrogating data. They are taught how to keep themselves safe when using ICT. They will also study how to use a programming language to group a set of instructions to make interactive stories, games or animations.

Year 7

Students study a range of topics and from handling data, numerical modelling and programming concepts to enhance their skillset to prepare them for a more in depth study in year 8.

Students also learn how to communicate effectively in a range of ways whilst targeting specific audiences.

Students study 1 lesson per week.

The topics covered during these lessons are
Students will study the use of numerical modelling to understand how to interrogate data. Student will also gain an understanding of storing, manipulating and interrogating data. They are taught how to keep themselves safe when using ICT. They will also study how to use a programming language to group a set of instructions to make interactive stories, games or animations.

The skills students will learn this year are
They learn how to do numerical models using Excel, and how to add sequence instructions using Scratch. A foundation of knowledge on using a range of software and understanding the fundamentals of computer science will be delivered

Students are assessed by
Students will be assessed at the end of each topic and assigned an interim grade

Year 8

Structure of lessons
Students study Computer Science, and elements of Information Technology. They will develop their skills further in programming and computational thinking. Topics will include more detail about the internal workings of a computer and the processes taking place.

Students study 1 lesson per fortnight.

Topics covered
They will also learn how to control and sequence using software like Flowol and Scratch, using Scratch as an introduction to programming alongside understanding the use of data, storing data and manipulating data creating databases in Access and Excel.

The skills students will learn this year are
Students will be able to communicate to an audience using a range of tools. Have the ability to logically think and problem solve.

Students are assessed by
Students will be assessed at the end of each topic and assigned an interim grade

Key stage 4

Introduction

KS4 currently has a collection of different pathways to support our learners to study either a vocational course or GCSE.

Pathway: Creative iMedia level 2

  • Qualifications: OCR level 2 Certificate for Creative iMedia or Award in Creative iMedia
  • QAN Code: 500/8529/3 or 500/8535/9
  • Examining body: OCR

The skills and qualities students need to succeed in this course are
An ability to review, plan and evaluate is essential. Also an interest in creating a project using different skills for each unit is required.

What you will study
This qualification is aimed at learners interested in working in the creative and digital media sectors. It provides them with the core skills for scoping, planning and creating products and assets for the sector and encourages creativity and originality with a vocational focus.

This can be studied from Year 9 to Year 11.

Students are assessed by
Students are assessed by completing 5 pieces of coursework and achieving a Pass or Fail at the end.

Pathway: Edexcel GCSE in Information and Communication Technology

  • Qualifications: GCSE in ICT
  • QAN Code: 500/7575/5
  • Examining body: Edexcel

The skills and qualities students need to succeed in this course are
Students need to be good at thinking creatively, logically and critically, whilst being able to find, select and evaluate information for its relevance, value, accuracy and plausibility. For the controlled assessment they also need to be able to manipulate and process data and other information, sequence instructions, model situations and explore ideas whilst being able to communicate data and information in a form fit for purpose and audience.

What you will study
Students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts. Students study 2 units; unit 1 is split into 6 topics around living in the digital world. Unit 2 is split into four topics based on using digital tools.

This can be studied from Year 9 to Year 11.

How is the course assessed?
Unit 1 is assessed by an end of year exam totalling 60%, while unit 2 is assessed by a Controlled based assessment totalling 40%.

What might Students study after this?
Students studying this course may wish to progress to a variety of ICT courses such as Applied A Level or BTEc Game Design.

Pathway: OCR GCSE in Computing

  • Qualifications: GCSE in Computer Science
  • QAN Code:  00/8291/7
  • Examining body: OCR

The skills and qualities students need to succeed in this course are
Students will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills. It will help be a logical thinker and have good mathematical skills.

What you will study
You will be given in-depth understanding of how computer technology works which will lead to excellent preparation for higher study and employment in Computer Science

This can be studied from Year 9 to Year 11.

How is the course assessed?
The course is assessed on 3 units, 1 assessed by an exam totalling 40% of the marks, 1 a practical investigation project 30% and 1 programming project 30%.

What might students study after this?
Students studying this course may wish to progress to Computer Science or Applied A Level

For more information contact

Mr M Blower.