Eaton Bank Academy

Introduction

In our ever changing world, ICT and Computing are at the core. It not only prepares students for the world out there, but also shows them what that world is. We design our schemes of work to integrate the demands, activities, and strategies in line with what students need for their futures.

Staff and students work hard in the department and one of our visions is to make our lessons the best of the week. We expect all pupils to achieve their full potential; the whole team support the students and give a great deal of their time and expertise in pursuit of this ideal.

Mairi Rice
Head of ICT and Computing

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Key Stage 3

The aims of the ICT department at Key Stage 3 are:

  • To develop the relevance of ICT to students’ lives, personal experiences and futures, to give them motivation to succeed in the subject and make learning enjoyable for them.
  • To help students follow enquiries and solve problems, and enhance their skills in logical reasoning, questioning, analysis and research.
  • To enable students to try out ideas, seek innovative alternatives, take risks with their thinking and make new connections without fear of failure.
  • Encourage reflection on the growing use of technology and on its social, ethical and cultural implications for individuals and society.

At Key Stage 3 we will study:

Year 7

Be a Secret Agent

Organising

Introduction to the features of the school network and how to stay safe online.

Communication

Focus on the techniques of good communication.

Visual programming

Find out about control, flowcharts, sequencing and design.

Modelling

Use and modify rules in spreadsheets to build and design models to work out the costs of missions.

Exploring Data

Learn about how data is stored, how to retrieve it and how to cleanse data.

 

Year 8

World Tour Live

Organising for the Web

Learn to create bookmarks, use advanced web search and cloud computing, use timeline planning and further e-safety work.

Digital Media

Learn how to use transparency, layering and other graphical techniques to create a logo and wrist band.  Use sound recording and editing to create a web presentation.

Visualisation

Use complex models, route planners, cost benefit analysis, advanced graphs and data visualisation.

Web Programming

Create webpage elements in HTML.

Networks and the Web

Learn how networks work and investigate costs using advanced animation.

 

Key Stage 3 Assessment:

Class work

Homework

Students will be awarded levels of progress for each section completed within the year long project. Students will be set homework regularly.

 

Home Learning

How parents can help to support their son’s/daughter’s learning:

  • Regular checking of homework
  • Ask your child questions about what they are learning on home computers
  • Encourage your child to use computers to enhance their learning
  • Encourage the use of the Internet for its education purpose

If you have any queries, please contact Mrs M Rice – M.Rice@eatonbank.org 

Key Stage 4

ICT

In Core ICT students will be completing a recognised ICT qualification called Cambridge Nationals.  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. The 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.

Assessment:

Unit 1:   Mandatory Unit – Understanding computer systems

Written Paper – 1 hour

Unit 2:    Mandatory Unit – Using ICT to create business solutions

Centre assessed task that is moderated by OCR

Unit 3:    Creative Stand – Creating digital images

Centre assessed task that is moderated by OCR

Unit 4:   Technical Strand – Handling Data Using Spreadsheets

Centre assessed task that is moderated by OCR

Each unit is worth 25% of the entire qualification.

All results are awarded on the following scale:

  • Distinction* Level 2 (A*)
  • Distinction Level 2 (A)
  • Merit Level 2 (B)
  • Pass Level 2 (C)
  • Distinction Level 1 (D)
  • Merit Level 1 (E)
  • Pass Level 1 (F)

Commitments/Deadlines

Students will complete their Cambridge Nationals qualification by the end of Year 9.


Computing

Assessment:

Unit A451 : Computer Systems and Programming / Written Paper / 40%

Unit A452 : Practical Investigation / Controlled Assessment / 30%

Unit A453 : Programming Project / Controlled Assessment / 30%

A modern course for a modern world
This is a course that has real relevance in our modern world. While learners will no doubt already have some knowledge of computers and related areas, the course will give them an in-depth understanding of how computer technology actually works and a look at what goes on “behind the screens”. As part of this, they will investigate computer programming, which many learners find interesting.

The fun of computing
Through this study of computer programming, the course will help learners develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills. For many, it will be a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. In this way, the course will stimulate interest and engagement with technology and technology-related careers.

Looking to the future
In fact, information technologies continue to have a growing importance. This means there will be a bigger demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. If learners want to go on to higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science, they will find that this course provides a superb stepping stone. Learners who have taken a Computing GCSE and who then progress to study the subject at A Level or university will have a sound underpinning knowledge of this subject area.

TOPICS STUDIED:

In Unit A451, you will study the fundamentals of computer systems, different components of internal and external computer hardware, software, data representation, databases, computer communication and networking including the operation of the Internet.  You will then learn the fundamentals of computer programming: algorithms, program flow, selection, iteration, repetition, data handling and testing.  You will be examined on your knowledge in an external examination.

Unit A452 is designed to allow you the opportunity to carry out a practical investigation into a current Computing issue and engage you with computing in the real world.  You will be guided to choose an area to research from a list supplied by OCR and carry out your investigation producing a report which is assessed by your teacher.

Unit A453 is designed to allow you to develop a working solution to a computing problem which is supplied by OCR.  You will develop suitable algorithms to solve the problem, code your solution, test it and write it up into a report which is internally assessed.  You will be taught standard programming techniques and the different phases of program design, development and testing.

 

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