Computing at Key Stage 3:
In year 7 pupils are taught in sets, in year 8 pupils are taught in mixed ability groups and in year 9 ICT is taken as an option, it is a popular choice and pupils are taught in 5 mixed ability groups. For year 7 ICT pupils have two lessons a fortnight, year 8 have one and year 9 have three. We deliver a modern & engaging scheme of work developed by the department staff to ensure pupils are taught all elements of the new national curriculum for Computing as well as wide range of key ICT skills. Internet safety is taught throughout key stage 3 ICT and to all year groups as part of the PSHE curriculum.
Computing at Key Stage 4:
Pupils have the opportunity to choose to study Cambridge National ICT or GCSE Computing as part of their key stage 4 options. The key stage 4 courses are 4 lessons a fortnight in both year 10 & 11 and are taught in mixed ability groups. For the Cambridge National ICT qualification the units of study are R001 Computer systems exam, R002 Business solutions controlled assessment, R005 Multimedia controlled assessment & R007 Dynamic products controlled assessment. For the GCSE Computing qualification (OCR exam board), the units of study are A451 Computer systems and programming exam, A452 Practical investigation (using MIT App Inventor) & A453 Programming project (using Python).
Assessment : Exam board course details : OCR J810 Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in ICT
Year 10: R001 Examination
Year 10: R002 Controlled Assessment
Year 11: R005 Controlled Assessment
Year 11: R007 Controlled Assessment
Assessment : Exam board course details : OCR J275 GCSE Computing
Year 10: A452 Practical investigation (using MIT App Inventor)
A453 Programming project (using Python).
A451 Computer systems and programming exam