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Park High School

 Welcome to the ICT Department

"If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow." - John Dewey

Head of Department:

Mrs Kerai

e-mail: s.kerai@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Members of the Department:

Mrs Kerai

Ms Tisson

Ms Patel

 

Mrs Martin Garcia

 

Key Stage 3

Computer Science and ICT are taught together at Key Stage 3, and include practical elements, such as programming, video making, image editing, game development, as well as theoretical elements to help students to understand the key concepts and be able to apply them. Students are taught to be confident and safe users of commonly used digital technology (mobile phones, social media, the internet), and know what a crucial role computer science plays in our everyday lives. Key Stage 3 units of work aim to prepare: 

  • Students to be effective users of digital technology, and efficient in its use; 
  • Students to be able to use basic office applications, such as word processing and presentation software; 
  • Students to know how technology impacts individuals, society and the environment; 
  • Students to know how technology is used in the real world; 
  • Students to be able to analyse computational problems, and plan and write computer programs. 

Year 7 

In Year 7, students begin with ‘Computer crime and cyber security’, to ensure that all students are familiar with the dangers involved with the use of technology, and know how to protect themselves from them. Students learn how encryption keeps data safe and how to perform basic binary number conversions. In developing knowledge of the internal components of a computer, students strengthen their oracy skills and research in preparation for a presentation to peers. The year culminates in students learning about game development, utilising their previously acquired knowledge to understand how this affects gameplay, and in turn create their own games.  

Autumn Spring Summer

Computer Crime and Cyber Security

What is in a computer (hardware)

Kodu

Encryption

Game making in Kodu

Creating a video

 

Computer Crime and Cyber Security

Pupils will learn about a variety of malware and computer threats. This unit also looks into the legal, and social aspects as well as the health & safety aspects of using computers and the internet.

Encryption

In this unit pupils will learn a few ways of encrypting messages and the importance of encryption. The main focus will be to learn about how computers use binary. They will use their newly acquired skills to translate to and from binary codes.

What is in a Computer

In this practical unit pupils will learn about the various hardware parts that make up a computer. They will do some research into how motherboards, CPUs, video cards, and other internal components work. They will use this knowledge to create an interactive tutorial on those topics using Visual Basic programming language (VBA).

Kodu

This highly engaging unit which gives pupils the possibility to learn how to program games. Using the software Kodu, they learn about sequence, algorithm, variables, and other programming concepts. By the end of the unit, the students will have produced their own game.

Video editing

Students will create a video advert. They will film, act and edit the video in order to produce a final cut advertisement for their Kodu game. This topic gives them an opportunity to work as part of a team.

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KS3 Assessment:

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by the department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Year 8 

Year 8 begins with control technology, enabling students to understand how different systems use computer technology to control them, and equipping them with the knowledge required to apply the concept of algorithmic thinking, by breaking problems down and sequencing instructions, in order to solve a problem. Students learn why some businesses use image editing and the fundamental skills required to edit themselves. Students build on their algorithm writing skills and develop basic programming skills, which include using variables, correct data types, taking user input, using selection, sequencing and iteration. An understanding of how digital animations are created requires students to create an animation using frame-by-frame animations and motion tweens.

Autumn Spring Summer

Flowol 

Programming in Python

Animation

Image Editing

HTML

Flowol

In this unit pupils will be covering the principles of producing control systems using a flowchart-based interface (Flowol 4). Pupils will start by producing systems that use simple loops and basic outputs, and then move on to look at systems that have multiple inputs and outputs. They will refine their solutions using subroutines and variables.

Image Editing

Students will learn how to manipulate images in Photoshop. They will learn how to remove background from a photo, how to enhance the colours and contrast, how to cut out an object from its environment and other airbrushing techniques.

Programming in Python

Students will practice using variables, operators, inputs, outputs and assignments.
They will use the three basic programming constructs used to control the flow of a program.
They will design and test programs through algorithms.

Animation

By the end of this unit students will produce their own Flash animations to include in the final unit – HTML website. Adobe Flash is a software that allows shapes to be moved on screen using a motion tween.

HTML

In this unit pupils will learn the basics of HTML and CSS, and how to create a responsive design which adapts to any size of screen for viewing on, for example, a mobile phone or a PC. They will learn how to create text styles and add content, including text and graphics, in a specified position on a page, as well as navigation links to other pages on their website and to external websites.

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KS3 Assessment:
Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Year 9  

In Year 9 students learn about digital literacy where some of the content taught in Year 7 and 8 is integrated into this unit to remind them how to be safe and efficient users of technology. They then build on their block-based coding skills to learn about text-based coding using Python. In the final term, students get to use a variety of ICT and computing skills to complete two projects, which enable them to develop skills which are required at KS4.

 

Autumn Spring Summer

Digital literacy

Programming

Integrated project 1( ICT)

Integrated project 2 (Computer Science)

Digital literacy

Students are taught about: Digital footprints, causes of data loss, preventive measures for data loss, data security and related laws, basic email skills, storage units, digital memory, computer processors and mobile phone features.

Programming

Students are introduced to programming using the text-based language Python. They learn how to code for inputs, outputs, use arithmetic, sequence, selection and iteration, as well as how to use the graphical interface element.

Integrated project 1 (ICT)

Students learn to integrate a variety of ICT skills such as image editing, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software and spreadsheets, in order to fulfil  project requirements.

Integrated project 2 (Computer Science)

Students follow the project lifecycle to research, design, create, test and evaluate a computer science related project. Students would use the programming language Python to create a solution for the given problem.

 

Key Stage 4

The department offers two courses at KS4: ICT and Computer Science. The students get taught both aspects in Year 7 and 8, and have the option to pick one area to specialise in as they reach KS4.

In ICT,  students learn how to use various application software,  understand how digital tools can make certain tasks easier to complete/manage,  create different digital products, and research, design, create and test their creations for real-life projects.

In computer science, students learn how to thinking rationally and logically, solve programming tasks, learn how the insides of a computer work(hardware/software), be aware of where computing technology is used, and learn how to program.

ICT

Year 10 

Autumn Spring Summer

Investigating computer games

Planning a computer game

Developing a computer game

Testing the game and making improvements

Developing computer games- skills builder

Making improvements and Documentation for the game.

Students will start to learn the skills for their Game making unit (Edexcel CiDA course) in Year 9. Students will learn about the various aspects involved in game making. They will start off by looking at existing games and then will plan their own. Next, they will be introduced to  games authoring software to show them the elements involved in game making and how to use the software. Once they are familiar with the software, they will proceed to make their planned game. In the final term, they will obtain feedback from potential users and make improvements to their games and create documentation to aid maintenance.

KS4 Assessment 

Home learning tasks will be set on a weekly basis. The work produced during this year will be assessed using the exam board’s marking criteria. The practical coursework tasks will be assessed as each section gets completed. There will be no end of year exam this year, as the focus will be on developing practical skills

Year 11 

Autumn Spring Summer

Complete image editing unit (R006).

 

R001-LO3 Know how ICT can be used to support business working practices

R002: Creating business solutions. Email skills, producing adverts, searching the internet effectively, using spreadsheet software.

Mock paper for R001 and preparation for final exam.

 

R001-LO4 Legal, ethical, safety and security issues.

R001: Wider reading for mock case study and exam preparation for mock examHTML

R002: Database skills and data security considerations.

R001: Wider reading and case study for R001, to prepare for the exam.

Students will complete the Image editing unit which they would have planned and designed for as a part of their bridging work.

Before the mock exam, they will carry out research for a mock case study and study the remaining theory components for R001.

In the Spring term, the students will start the final unit of the course (R002) and will complete it by the end of the spring term.

In the Summer term, the students will prepare for the final exam by reading around the case study for their exam and by revising all the R001 content.

KS4 Assessment 

Units R002 and R006 are coursework units, which will be internally assessed as they get completed. The examined unit (R001) will be undertaken at the end of Year 11 and will be externally assessed.

Percentage of Coursework: 75%

Percentage Exam marks: 25%

Examination Board :

OCR

Course Specification:

OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT 

Qualification obtained:

Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in ICT (120 GLH) J810

Useful Websites:

http://teach-ict.com/gcse_new/gcse_ict_home.html

https://www.bbc.com/education/subjects/zqmtsbk

 

Computer Science

Year 10  

Students who have chosen computer science will be entered for the OCR GCSE Specification (J276).

KS4 Assessment 

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

The qualification is assessed through external examinations and controlled assessment. Students will need to complete the following three units over the course of two years;

  • Computer systems (01). Assessed through external examination worth 40% of their GCSE.
  • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02). Externalled assessed and also worth 40% of their GCSE.

They will also complete Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) Programming project (03/04) in year 11 ONLY. This is worth 20% of their GCSE.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Year 11 

GCSE Computer Science students would have been studying the theory elements for component 1 (Computer systems) and component 2 (Computational thinking, algorithms and programming) as well as learnt the skills necessary to embark on the Non examined component (NEA) when it is released in year 11. All theory elements of the course are examined in May/June.

KS4 Assessment 

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Examination Board :

OCR

Course Specification:

OCR J276  GCSE Computer Science(9-1) 

Qualification obtained:

GCSE Computer Science (9-1)

 

Additional Information

Useful Reading Material 

OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT Student Book

Edexcel GCSE ICT Student Book Paperback.

Revise Edexcel GCSE ICT

GCSE Computer Science for OCR Student Book

New GCSE Computer Science OCR Revision Guide - for the Grade 9-1 Course

New GCSE Computer Science OCR Exam Practice Workbook - for the Grade 9-1 Course 

 

 

Key Stage 5

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Email:info@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Phone:020 8952 2803

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