"If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow." - John Dewey
Head of Department:
Members of the Department:
Mrs Martin Garcia
My First Computer
Kodu + Graphics
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.
Students will create a video advert. They will film, act and edit the video in order to produce a final cut advertisement for a chosen product. This topic gives them an opportunity to work as part of a team.
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.
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).
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.
In addition to the previous unit, students will consider the wider aspects of a finished game. They will create a cover image and a logo that promotes their game in the best possible way. They will also create an advert in an attempt to sell their game
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.
Flowol and Independent reasearch project
HTML & Website development
Spreadsheet Modelling unit
he Year 9s will undertake the Cambridge nationals in ICT. This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The everyday use of ICT, from PCs to smartphones, now impacts all of our lives.
The students need to cover 4 units in total, and will start off learning about interactive products and multimedia elements (Unit R005: Creating an interactive product using multimedia components).
Create the interactive product with multimedia elements
Carry out usability testing
Creating an interactive product using multimedia components
Finalise the whole project.
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 ICT student will need to complete four equally weighted units in total, in order to achieve the Level 2 qualification, equivalent to one GCSE. In Year 10, the students will complete 2 units and will complete two further units in Year 11.
GCSE ICT students would have completed most of their controlled assessment in Year 10, and will finish off the remainder in the first half term in Year 11. The controlled assessment is worth 60%. The remaining 40% of the course will be assessed by examination which will be sat in May.
Edexcel 2IT01 GCSE ICT (Single Award)
GCSE ICT (Single Award)
Issues related to the use of computing technology
Students who have chosen computer science will be entered for the OCR GCSE Specification (J276).
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;
They will also complete Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) Programming project (03/04) in year 11 ONLY. This is worth 20% of their GCSE.
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.
OCR J276 GCSE Computer Science(9-1)
GCSE Computer Science (9-1)
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
To be confirmed
Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL
Mr Emlyn Lumley
0208 952 2803