Mrs A Balzan
Computers play a pivotal role in our society and in our everyday lives. Our curriculum aims to help students be equipped to use technology as they grow up, as well as future proofing them to be safe and confident users of computers in their future careers. They will study the 3 inter-related strands within the subject of Computing; Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology, through project-based learning. Students will develop their computational thinking and creativity so that they develop the ability to understand and change the world through application of their knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios.
Key Stage 3 Overview:
Key Stage 3 is taught in a carousel with drama and dance. Students study each subject for two terms before rotating around to the next subject. Homework will be set throughout KS3 to cover the topics of E-Safety, typing skills and current and emerging technologies.
Year 7 begins with an introduction to the school’s computer system in a short Digital Literacy project. This is followed by Computing Fundamentals which is designed to introduce students to the basics of computational thinking, programming and computer systems to ensure a shared level of understanding. They will then be introduced to the BBC Micro:bit which uses a block-based programming language and this allows them to undertake practical programming as part of a research and presentation project to design a new health device.
Year 8 students build on the skills learnt in Year 7, developing further programs for the Micro:bit. This is done through a Cyber Security and Cryptography project initially, where they will also gain a simple understanding of text-based programming. They will then learn further programming skills through the creation of Classic Games and Tunes.
In Year 9, students extend their knowledge of programming through the creation of retro style Arcade Games using a similar block-based programming language. They will then carry out a project based around Creating a Comic which is aimed to give them a taster of what the KS4 course is like, looking at the more creative side of using computers for digital media.
Assessment at Key Stage 3:
Assessment at Key Stage 3 is primarily through classwork and homework.
Key Stage 4 Overview:
At Key Stage 4, students can choose to study the OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia. This course equips learners with a range of creative media skills and provides opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills, such as research, planning and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills they will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products, such as those detailed below. The qualification encourages independence, creativity and awareness of the digital media sector ready for future career pathways and enhancing their employability.
Years 10 and 11:
Pre-production skills that are used in the creative and digital media sector are learnt in order for students to gain an understanding of the planning and creative process; this includes techniques such as mind maps, mood boards, storyboards, scripts, visualisation diagrams and work plans. Students will learn about digital graphics as the mandatory unit for Controlled Assessment on the course. They will understand the purpose and properties and know where and how they are used. They will be able to plan the creation of digital graphics and create new digital graphics using a range of editing techniques in Adobe Photoshop. They will also learn how to review a completed graphic against a specific brief. The second and third units for the Controlled Assessment will widen their exposure to different types of media products building on their knowledge and skills about digital graphics. These units currently include Storytelling with a Comic Strip and Creating Interactive Multimedia Products.
Assessment at Key Stage 4:
The course consists of one public written exam which is taken at the end of Year 11 and three Controlled Assessments which are completed throughout the duration of the whole course.