Department Vision:

As we move forward into the new Millennium the industrial age is being superseded by the information age. Literacy is no longer defined just as the ability to read and write, but also the ability to access, create, and send information and data. The ICT department aims to provide our pupils with the necessary skills to allow them to engage themselves fully in today’s society.

We aim to enhance and develop our student’s ICT skills encouraging them to become independent learners who are e-confident and capable of researching, processing, storing, analysing, exchanging and presenting information. The department aims to motivate and inspire pupils thus raising standards within the subject.

The department aims to enhance the curriculum offered to pupils allowing for a number of pathways to be available at KS5 with a wide and differing range of courses. The courses we currently offer, and will offer in the future, will allow pupils to create and move along a personalised pathway suited to their own individual aptitude and interest.

In response to recent changes to the curriculum in all key stages, the Computing and Information Technology department at SFX aims to provide pupils with the necessary skills to allow them to engage themselves fully in today’s society.  There is now a greater emphasis on ‘computational thinking’ and independent learning to ensure that our pupils develop their skills to solve problems and to be empowered from the earliest stage in their educational journey to university and beyond.

Curriculum Information

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Term 1 Topics & Content:

  • Under the Hood of a Computer – Using analytical skills and learning to think like a computer and understand how they process data.
  • Think Like a Computer Scientist – Using problem solving skills to learn about algorithms and pattern identification
  • Drawing and Manipulating Shapes- Using creative thinking and design skills to learn about graphical and text based programming software

Term 2 Topics & Content:

  • The Foundations Of Computing – The origins of computing and using problem solving skills to understand an introduction to programming
  • How the Web Works – Using design and creativity to create a web page and understand how the web works
  • Designing for HCI- Designing a hand held digital device and understanding operating systems

Term 3 Topics & Content:

  • Representing Images – Using collaboration skills to learn about static images in order to stream a video
  • Programming a Calculator – Using logical thinking and analytical skills to program variables
  • Programming a Quiz – Decomposition and generalisation

 

Year 8

Term 1 Topics & Content:

  • Operating Systems – Using evaluation skills to learn the similarities and differences between common operating systems
  • CMD, The Command Line – Manipulating files and folders and scripting using problem solving skills to use a command line interface
  • Binary – Using numeracy skills to store data in binary strings and binary addition

Term 2 Topics & Content:

  • Instruction Set Design – Using analytical thinking and problem solving skills to program a robot with a three bit instruction set
  • Programming Using Selection Statements and Boolean Expressions – Using Boolean logic
  • Connecting to the Internet – Internet hardware and protocols

Term 3 Topics & Content:

  • Sorted! – Using analytical and problem solving skills to write a program for a computer game
  • How to Make a Computer Appear Smart – Developing a program and storing responses
  • Recursive Patterns – Using analytical and creative skills to write a program that enables a computer to output a recursive pattern

Year 9

Term 1 Topics & Content:

  • Cracking the Code! – Using numeracy and problem solving skills to learn about binary characters, cyphers and encryption
  • Representing Sounds – Collaboration and problem solving skills are used to compress sound files
  • Simple Database Tables – Constructing and interrogating a database

Term 2 Topics & Content:

  • Searching – Implementing a linear search and programming a binary search using numeracy skills
  • Getting Down and Dirty with Networks – Evaluating the Internet protocol suite and the application layer
  • Client Side and Server Side Scripting – Understanding and evaluating web forms and client side scripting and web server databases

Term 3 Topics & Content:

  • Digital Circuits – Using problem solving and analytical skills to understand switches and Gates
  • Computer Architecture – Comparing different computer architectures
  • Creating an App to Solve a Problem- Using creativity and design techniques to learn about Apps and App development

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE ICT (4520)

Year 10

Term 1 Topics & Content: Controlled Assessment: Introduction to Boardset assignment.  Analysis Problem 1 and 2, Design Problem 1, Implementation Problem 1, Testing Problem 1

Term 2 Topics & Content: Controlled Assessment: Completion of Problem 1.  Problem 2 Design, Implementation, Testing

Term 3 Topics & Content: Controlled Assessment: Completion of Problem 2, Evaluation, Report, Evaluation of Other’s Use of IT

Year 11

Term 1 Topics & Content: Controlled Assessment: Project Milestones, Risk, Progress, Managing Storage.  Theory Topics Unit 1 – 10

Term 2 Topics & Content: Controlled Assessment: Project: Collecting, Selecting, Formatting and Developing Information.  Modelling with Data. Documentation.  Theory Topics Unit 11-15

Term 3 Topics & Content: Theory Units 16-22.  Revision.

OCR GCSE Computer Science (J276)

Year 10

 

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Practical: Programming

Theory Topics: Algorithms, Iteration

 

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Practical: Programming

Theory Topics: Boolean Logic, Data Types and Structures

 

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Practical: Programming

Theory Topics: Searching and Sorting Algorithms, Data Input and Output, Problem Solving

 

 

Year 11

Term 1 Topics & Content: Programming Project using programming techniques and analysis (controlled assessment).  Theory continues

Term 2 Topics & Content: Programming Project using programming techniques and analysis (controlled assessment). Theory continues

Term 3 Topics & Content: Revision

 

ECDL Level 2 for Schools (European Computer Driving Licence)

Year 10

Term 1: Word Processing

Term 2: Word Processing, Spreadsheets

Term 3: Spreadsheets

Year 11

Term 1: Presentations

Term 2: Presentations, Improving Productivity

Term 3: Improving Productivity

 

Key Stage 5

BTEC

Year  12

  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology

    Term 1:

    Information Technology Systems: Demonstrate knowledge of information technology terms, standards, concepts and processes

    Creating Systems to Manage Information: Database development terminology, concepts and processes

    Using Social Media in Business: Explore the impact of social media on the ways businesses promote their products and services

    Term 2:

    Information Technology Systems: Apply knowledge of information technology terms, standards, concepts and processes

    Creating Systems to Manage Information: Analyse and evaluate information about database problems

    Using Social Media in Business:  Develop a plan to use social media in a business to meet requirements

    Term 3:

    Information Technology Systems: Select and Use information and technologies and procedures to find solutions to problems in context

    Creating Systems to Manage Information: Develop a database solution

    Using Social Media in Business:  Implement the use of social media in a business

Year 13

  • Term 1 Topics: Database systems
  • Term 2 Topics: Information systems
  • Term 3 Topics: Impact of ICT on Business Systems

A LEVEL

Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National in Information Technology

Year 12

Term 1, 2 and 3 concurrently:

Topics & Content: Unit 1:  Employability and Communication Skills for IT: The aim of this unit is to ensure that learners understand both the personal attributes valued by employers and the principles of communicating effectively whist developing effective communication skills and addressing their own personal development needs

Topics & Content: Unit 2: Computer Systems: The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the components of computer systems and develop the skills needed to recommend appropriate systems for business purposes and set up and maintain computer systems

Topics & Content: Unit 8: E-Commerce: The aim of this unit is to ensure that learners know the technologies involved in e-commerce, understand the impact of e-commerce on organisations and on society, and that they are able to plan e-commerce strategies

Year 13

Term 1, 2 and 3 concurrently:

Topics & Content: Unit 3: Information Systems: The aim of this unit is to ensure learners understand how organisations use information and the surrounding use of information, know about information systems and develop the skills necessary to produce management information.

Topics & Content: Unit 4: Impact of the Use of IT on Business Systems: The aim of this unit is to ensure learners understand the effects developments in IT have on organisations and how organisations respond to these developments, and enable learners to propose IT-enabled improvements to business systems

Topics & Content: Unit 18: Database Design: The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the features of relational databases and to develop the skills necessary to design, create, populate and test a relational database incorporating advanced features

AQA Information and Communication Technology A Level (2520)

Year 12

Term 1 Topics & Content: Input, Output, Storage / Analysis, Design, Use of Various Software Packages, Software[DM1] .

Term 2 Topics & Content: Completion of Sample Work , Implementation, Testing, Maintenance, Evaluation, ICT Systems.

Term 3 Topics & Content: Data and Security,  Backup and Recovery, Factors and Consequences of the use of ICT.

Year 13

Term 1 Topics & Content: Completion of INFO 4 coursework

Term 2 Topics & Content: Completion of INFO 4 Coursework Cont., Managing ICT Policy, Strategy and Law

Term 3 Topics & Content: Future Developments, Information Systems, Developing ICT Solutions, Use of ICT in Employment and Large Organisations.

 

Department Staff:

  • Mrs J. Holmes - Head of Department
  • Miss K. Lindop
  • Mr P. Evans
  • Mrs L. Cavanagh
  • Mr L. Atkinson

Department Courses:

Key Stage 3:

Schemes of work in line with the National Curriculum

Key Stage 4:

GCSE ICT (AQA) & Computing

Key Stage 5:

AS/A Level ICT (AQA) & BTEC ICT (Edexcel)

Out of Hours Activities:

NightOwl:

As per NightOwl Timetable

Revision Sessions:

School Holidays

Lunctime Sessions:

Weekly

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