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Curriculum Statement

Faculty: Science | Subject: IT and Computing

Subject Overview:

IT and Computing is about the use of computers and their applications in addition to their design and implementation.

The programme of study will consist of topics that will address the use of computer and the software available to install on them at the same time as discovering how the systems being used are constructed and programmed.

 

YEAR 7

Key Topics

Key Information

Topics that will be taught during year 7:

  • ICT Systems at Liskeard School & Community College
    • Access to Systems
    • Emailing
    • Health & Safety
    • Using ‘Learn Liskeard’
  • E-Safety
    • Social Networking
    • Online Shopping
    • Copyright & DPA
    • Safe Searching
  • Spreadsheets
    • Multiplication
    • Formulas
    • Questionnaires
    • Graphs
  • Introduction to Sequencing
    • Flow Charts
    • Scratch Game Design
    • Scratch Game Creation
  • Digital Imaging
    • Software Comparison
    • Creation of Night time scene with Adobe Fireworks
  • Animation
    • Key terms and tools.
    • Creation of street animation
    • During the year students will develop their skills on how to use the operating system and VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).
    • Students use software under the control of the teacher to create, store and edit digital content using appropriate file and folder names.
    • Understands that people interact with computers.
    • Shares their use of technology in school.
    • Knows common uses of information technology beyond the classroom.
    • Talks about their work and makes changes to improve it.
    • Uses technology with increasing independence to purposefully organise digital content.
    • Uses a variety of software to manipulate and present digital content: data and information.
    • Shares their experiences of technology in school and beyond the classroom.
    • Talks about their work and makes improvements to solutions based on feedback received
    • Obtains content from the World Wide Web using a web browser.
    • Understands the importance of communicating safely and respectfully online, and the need for keeping personal information private.
    • Knows what to do when concerned about content or being contacted.
  • Computer ‘Basics’
    • Types of computer
    • Computer hardware
    • Network basics
    • Software
    • Computing history
  • Computing mathematics
    • Binary
  • Video Editing
    • Mind mapping
    • Sourcing of resources
    • Advert creation
  • Databases
    • Introduction to tools and features of Microsoft Access
    • Forms & Reports
    • Mail Merge
  • Introduction to Python programming
    • Variables & Constants
    • Operators
  • Careers Investigation
    • Advance searching skills
    • Presentation skills
    • Recognises that digital content can be represented in many forms.
    • Distinguishes between some of these forms and can explain the different ways that they communicate information.
    • Understands how to effectively use search engines, and knows how search results are selected, including that search engines
    • Demonstrates responsible use of technologies and online services, and knows a range of ways to report concerns.
    • Recognises different types of data: text, number.
    • Appreciates that programs can work with different types of data.
    • Knows that digital computers use binary to represent all data.
    • Understands how bit patterns represent numbers and images.
    • Knows that computers transfer data in binary.

Homework Tasks

Homework tasks will be related to the topic that is currently being studied. The students will be asked to use the internet to read & research and also where available use the

Assessment

Throughout the year there will be assessments related to the current topics. Assessments will include Quizzes based on topic material and also formative feedback on work produced in the lesson (i.e. leaflet or Scratch game).

Key Skills

  • During the year students will develop their skills on how to use the operating system and VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).
  • Students use software under the control of the teacher to create, store and edit digital content using appropriate file and folder names.
  • Understands that people interact with computers.
  • Shares their use of technology in school.
  • Knows common uses of information technology beyond the classroom.
  • Talks about their work and makes changes to improve it.
  • Uses technology with increasing independence to purposefully organise digital content.
  • Uses a variety of software to manipulate and present digital content: data and information.
  • Shares their experiences of technology in school and beyond the classroom.
  • Talks about their work and makes improvements to solutions based on feedback received
  • Obtains content from the World Wide Web using a web browser.
  • Understands the importance of communicating safely and respectfully online, and the need for keeping personal information private.
  • Knows what to do when concerned about content or being contacted.

 

YEAR 8

Key Topics

Key Information

Topics that will be taught during year 8:

Homework Tasks

During this year students will carry out homework task within the context of their current topic. The homework will include online research and the online completion of some introductory programming tasks. Certain topics will include homework involving sourcing media content for classroom projects such as music and video clips

Assessment

Student progress will be assessed with the marking of produced pieces of work and testing knowledge through the taking of quizzes and tests based on topic content.

Key Skills

  • Recognises that digital content can be represented in many forms.
  • Distinguishes between some of these forms and can explain the different ways that they communicate information.
  • Understands how to effectively use search engines, and knows how search results are selected, including that search engines
  • Demonstrates responsible use of technologies and online services, and knows a range of ways to report concerns.
  • Recognises different types of data: text, number.
  • Appreciates that programs can work with different types of data.
  • Knows that digital computers use binary to represent all data.
  • Understands how bit patterns represent numbers and images.
  • Knows that computers transfer data in binary.

 

YEAR 9

Key Topics

Key Information

Topics that will be taught during year 9:

  • Research Project
    • Internet search skills practice
    • Creation of interactive presentation
    • Sourcing of images/media
  • ICT in the working environment
    • Data handling
    • Conditional statements & formatting
    • Spreadsheet modelling
    • Database queries
  • Website creation
    • Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver and associated tools
    • Website planning and design
    • Basic HTML
    • Hyperlinks
    • Image galleries
  • Mobile Application Design
    • Creation of app
    • Testing
    • Evaluation of app
  • ICT Threats
    • Viruses
    • Trojan horse
    • Hacking
  • Photoshop
    • Introduction to software and tools
    • Editing of image within a scenario
    • Makes judgements about digital content when evaluating and repurposing it for a given audience.
    • Recognises the audience when designing and creating digital content.
    • Understands the potential of information technology for collaboration when computers are networked.
    • Uses criteria to evaluate the quality of solutions, can identify improvements making some refinements to the solution, and future solutions.
    • Collects, organises and presents data and information in digital content.
    • Creates digital content to achieve a given goal through combining software packages and Internet services to communicate with a wider audience e.g. blogging.
    • Makes appropriate improvements to solutions based on feedback received, and can comment on the success of the solution.

Homework Tasks

Students will be using homework time to collect and collate information and resources for use in classroom production, this will extend at times to extending their classroom work by using the software available at home for writing up and evaluating examples of existing media products and websites.

Assessment

Assessment during this year will revolve around the quality of the work produced as outcomes of the topics. Students will also be assessed on their ability to respond to feedback on their work and how it is used to improve or expand their work.

Key Skills

  • Makes judgements about digital content when evaluating and repurposing it for a given audience.
  • Recognises the audience when designing and creating digital content.
  • Understands the potential of information technology for collaboration when computers are networked.
  • Uses criteria to evaluate the quality of solutions, can identify improvements making some refinements to the solution, and future solutions.
  • Collects, organises and presents data and information in digital content.
  • Creates digital content to achieve a given goal through combining software packages and Internet services to communicate with a wider audience e.g. blogging.
  • Makes appropriate improvements to solutions based on feedback received, and can comment on the success of the solution.

 


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