Key Stage 3

Following the government’s announcement in January 2012 to abandon the old National Curriculum for ICT we have overhauled our Key Stage 3 curriculum in order to provide an excited, relevant and up to date curriculum for our pupils.

Although pupils will still cover the fundamentals of ICT such as word processing and spreadsheets there is more of an emphasis on developing computing skills. All pupils at Key Stage 3 will create and design their own websites, animations, computer games and podcasts. Computer programming has been introduced in Years 7, 8 and 9 and pupils will develop an understanding of the programming language, Java. At key stage 3 all pupils are set according to ability and work is differentiated to cater for this.

Year 7 Topics

E-safety searching the web spreadsheets
email skills online surveys Kodu programming
blogging presentations website design

Year 8 Topics

Podcasting Computer Hardware Fetch Execute Cycle
Legislation Networking Scratch programming
Searching the web User Interfaces E-safety

Year 9 Topics

Spreadsheets Greenfoot Programming New Technologies
Databases App inventor E-safety
Image Creation Greenfoot Programming 2  


KS4 Option Choices:

GCSE Computer Science

GCSE Computer Science is split into three units Programming, Practical Investigation and Computing Fundamentals. Students studying Computer Science will learn the roles of computer hardware and their functions; they will install operating systems, configuring software, writing programs using BASH and JAVA and gain experience of using different devices such as laptops and Raspberry Pi computers.

OCR Cambridge

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. This new Cambridge Nationals in ICT reflects this and provides students with a solid understanding of the subject which they can use in their working lives. Three themes are covered: business information systems, creative and technical.

AS Level IT

As part of our Gifted and Talented programme we offer AS IT to our most able students. We currently have 6 Year 10 pupils enrolled on the course and they will work over the next two years to complete their qualification.