ICT

Welcome to ICT!

 

ICT IMG_4133ICT at Cheam High School is in the process of exciting change. Technology has evolved and advanced over recent years and the department has adapted its teaching and curriculum content in order to reflect this.  The department is aware of how our subject leads itself to develop all areas of the curriculum. With this in mind we encourage our students to transfer their skills and knowledge into all areas of the school. The department provides opportunities for students to develop both their computing and ICT capability. The department believes that students should be given the necessary knowledge and understanding to enable them to be digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace and to become active participants in a digital world.

 

Our Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Students in Key Stage 3 at Cheam High School have the opportunity to study a variety of exciting topics which are grouped under the new Computing Progression Pathways as defined by Computing At Schools:

·         Algorithms

·         Programming & Development

·         Data & Data Representation

·         Hardware & Processing

·         Communication & Networks

·         Information Technology

Key Stage 4 - GSSE ICT

Edexcel GCSE Information and Communication Technology helps students develop their knowledge of current and emerging technologies, a range of ICT tools and techniques and society's use of ICT. This specification requires students to develop their ability to work collaboratively.

The Full Course is made up of one externally assessed examination worth 40% of the qualification and a controlled assessment units worth 60%.

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World.  In this unit, students explore how digital technology affects the lives of individuals, organisations and society.  They will learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts.  Students will develop awareness of the inherent risks of using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice. Students will be assessed by means of a written exam.

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools This is a practical unit which will broaden and enhance learners’ ICT skills and capabilities. They will work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. Students will learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

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Key Stage 4 - GCSE Computer Science

AQA GCSE Computer Science.  This course gets students working with real-world, practical programming techniques that give them a good understanding of what makes technology work.

Computer Science is the study of the foundational principles and practices of computation and computational thinking and their application in the design and development of computer systems.  It is a subject discipline on a par with Maths or Physics.

This qualification has been developed collaboratively with teachers, industry and the wider computer science community.  The GCSE has built-in progression to further studies and is recognised as developing the skills that employer’s value.

The qualification is split into two components:

Component 1 - Practical programming - is examined by controlled assessment. Working independently students demonstrate their ability to code a solution to a given problem.

Component 2 - Computing fundamentals - is exam based. It will assess understanding of the theory content of the specification with a mixture of short, medium and longer answer questions.

GCSE Computer Science counts towards the English Baccalaureate science measure, offering students a new option that achieves maximum recognition. 

Key Stage 5 - BTEC Nationals Level 3

ICT is everywhere, no one can escape it from Twitter to Facebook, RAM to ROM our society is driven by an ever changing current of ICT and technology. BTEC ICT is an interactive applied course that covers a vast area of expertise including a wide range of disciplines from; graphics creation and manipulation, website authoring, to being able to take apart and rebuild a computer independently. This is a subject you can really get your teeth into.

The specification is designed to enable you to have a hands on learning experience. Those who are keen to pursue a career in ICT would benefit greatly from this course. The ICT and real life skills you will learn during ICT BTEC will be invaluable in preparation for university and any job where a technical mind is a must.

This qualification broadens and expands the specialist knowledge of the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma. This qualification will introduce students to the user side, maintenance and technical issues, graphics and animation as well as software development potential.

Modules studied:

Unit 1 – Communication and Employability Skills for IT

Unit 2 – Computer Systems

Unit 30 – Digital Graphics

Unit 28 – Website Production

Unit 31 – Computer Animation

Unit 42 – Spreadsheet

Unit 43 – Multimedia

Key Stage 5 - Computer Science

This will be available in the department from September 2016.

Enrichment and Extra Curricular

Raspberry Pi club runs in both Year 7 and Year 8. Pupil’s use Raspberry Pi’s to program Minecraft. Minecraft is a popular sandbox open-world building game.  Pupils will use Python programming language to write commands and scripts in code to build things in the game automatically. It's a great way to learn Python!

LEGO Mindstorm robot programing club science and technology challenge for teams of students, to encourage an interest in real world issues and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers. The students work together to explore a given topic and to design, build and program an autonomous LEGO robot to solve a series of missions.

Chickbot - microbit robot programming club.

Up a grade sessions for Key Stage 4 which enable pupils to work with teachers in smaller groups and have additional time to improve coursework or to access help for issues arising. 

A link to the most recent department review for ICT can be found here.