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ICT & Computer Science

ICT & Computer Science

The school is very well resourced for ICT and facilities are continuously being updated to both enhance learning and to meet the growing needs of the pupils and staff.

ICT is a compulsory subject for year 7, 8 and 9. The girls have one double period of ICT each week throughout the year. GCSE Computer Science and ICT is also offered for year 10 and 11.

STAFF

STAFF ROLE
Miss V RusuHead of ICT & Computer Science
Mrs M AnastasiTeacher of ICT & Computer Science/Database Manager
Mr S AndrewsSystems Manager
Mr M JaskiewiczIT Technician
Mr T OladutiDirector of Information Services, Francis Holland School Trust


 

Curriculum

KS3 Curriculum

ICT is a compulsory subject during the first three years. The girls have ONE double period of ICT each week throughout the year.

Theory and computer-based work on a variety of topics is set regularly in year 7, 8 and 9. This helps to monitor each girl's progress and any further needs she may have in ICT.

Programming skills are developed over the three years and students are introduced to a variety of programming languages.  An extra-curricular coding club is also available.

Year 7:

Areas of focus: 

  • Learn about the system, the network areas and ICT terminology
  • Learn to use the internet safely and be aware of internet and email security
  • Learn to touch type
  • Introduction to computational thinking using Scratch
  • Learn to present work formally through formatting and presentation skills
  • Learn to collate, enter and manipulate data to produce graphs
  • Learn to use basic spreadsheet formulae
  • Learn to extract and manipulate pictures
  • Learn editing features of movies

Year 8:

Areas of focus:

  • Research factual information about their chosen topic
  • Create a professional brochure using desktop publishing
  • Create an interactive presentation
  • Create a booking system using a spreadsheet which requires computational thinking
  • Create a database
  • Create a website using HTML
  • Introduction to Python

Year 9:

All year 9 pupils will work towards completing the BCS Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills (ECDL) by the end of the summer term.  The aim of this qualification is to recognise the application of a range of IT user skills and knowledge in the workplace, meeting employer workforce demands. 

ECDL is the world’s number one IT user qualification – and the benchmark for digital literacy in educational systems around the globe. It is widely recognised by employers as proof of competence in IT, making it a valuable credential on a young person’s CV.

There are FOUR modules in total for the ECDL Qualification:

Word processing

Spreadsheet software

Presentation software

Improving productivity using IT

This qualification will give pupils performance points (please note this is NOT a GCSE qualification).

ECDL GradePerformance PointsWhat does this mean?
Distinction*58To achieve a ‘Distinction*’, a learner must achieve an aggregate mark of 85% or above across the 4 modules.
Distinction52To achieve a ‘Distinction’, a learner must achieve an aggregate mark of 80% or above across the 4 modules.
Merit46To achieve a ‘Merit’, a learner must achieve an aggregate mark of 75% or above across the 4 modules.
Pass40To achieve a ‘Pass’, a learner must achieve an aggregate mark of 70% or above across the 4 modules.

After the ECDL qualification is achieved, students will spend part of the summer term learning the programming language Python in more depth.

KS4 Curriculum

GCSE Computer Science (September 2016)

The examining board for GCSE Computer Science is AQA. 

The specification content is assessed in these three units:

Paper 1: Computational thinking and problem solving

What's assessed

Computational thinking, problem solving, code tracing and applied computing as well as theoretical knowledge of computer science.

How it's assessed

Written exam set in practically based scenarios: 1 hour 30 minutes (40% of GCSE)

Questions

A mix of multiple choice, short answer and longer answer questions assessing a student’s practical problem solving and computational thinking skills.

 

Paper 2: Written assessment

What's assessed

Theoretical knowledge from subject content.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (40% of GCSE)

Questions

A mix of multiple choice, short answer, longer answer and extended response questions assessing a student’s theoretical knowledge.

Non-exam assessment

What's assessed

The non-exam assessment (NEA) assesses a student's ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical programming problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving.

How it's assessed

Report: totalling 20 hours of work (20% of GCSE)

Tasks

The development of a computer program along with the computer programming code itself which has been designed, written and tested by a student to solve a problem. Students will produce an original report outlining this development.

 

GCSE ICT (no longer available to new students)

The examining board for GCSE ICT is AQA.  The course consists of applying ICT skills to practical real scenarios to solve problems.

The specification content is assessed in these three units:

  1. 1 hour 30 minute exam – 40%
  2. Controlled Assessment Task – 30%
  3. Controlled Assessment Task – 30%

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