Computing and ICT

Lessons cover topics including programming, analysing data, using technology safely, understanding hardware and software components. Students will get to grips with advanced programming, safety online and building upon their understanding of how computers work. They will explore technology used by business organisations. Creating digital images and multimedia through sound and vision, using diverse hardware and software.

Term 1

Understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems.
Homework: The history of computing, research the early days of computing.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

See website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv

Term 2

Understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns. Homework will be to design entries for the e-safety competition.

Design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behavior of real-world problems and physical systems. Database and spreadsheet work.

Homework: Practice examination questions for the assessment.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

See website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv

Term 3

Undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users.
Homework: Collect, prepare and plan resources for the project.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

See website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv

Year 8

Term 1

Programming using Gamemaker to create a computer game appropriate to their age.
Homework: Create resources for their game.
How to help: Discussion of age appropriate games and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

Term 2

Understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns.

Design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behavior of real-world problems and physical systems; database and spreadsheet work.

Homework: Design entries for the e-safety competition.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

See website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv

Term 3

Undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users.
Homework: Collect, prepare and plan resources for the project.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

See website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv

Year 9

Term 1

Advanced programming using  Python and Raspberry Pi.
Undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users.
Homework: Collect, prepare and plan resources for the project.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

See website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv

Term 2

Understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns.
Homework: Design entries for the e-safety competition.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

See website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv

Term 3

Understand simple Boolean logic [for example, AND, OR and NOT] and some of its uses in circuits and programming; understand how numbers can be able to carry out simple operations on binary numbers.

Undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users. Homework will be to practice examination questions for the assessment.

Homework: Practice examination questions for the assessment.

Year 10

Term 1

Introduces students to the central processing unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It also looks at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science.
Homework: Students prepare for the examination in Y11. Homework will be to practice examination questions for the assessment.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

See website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/

Term 2

Students apply knowledge and understanding gained in component 01. They develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and data representation. The skills and knowledge developed within this component will support the learner when completing the component 03 programming project.
Homework: Students prepare for the examination in Y11. Homework will be to practice examination questions for the assessment.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

See website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/

Term 3

Students use OCR practice assessment tasks to demonstrate their practical ability in the skills developed in components 01 and 02. In a controlled environment they will, define success criteria from a given problem, and then create suitable algorithms to achieve success criteria. Students then code their solutions in a suitable programming language, and check its functionality using a suitable and documented test plan.

 

Students prepare for the examination in Y11.

Homework: Practice examination questions for the assessment.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

See website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/

Year 11

Term 1

Students revisit the work in Y10 and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the central processing unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security, system software, ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science.
Homework: Students prepare for the examination in Y11. Homework will be to practice examination questions for the assessment.
How to help:  Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

See website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/

Term 2

They further develop their skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and data representation. The skills and knowledge developed within this component will support the learner when completing the component 03 programming project.
Homework: Students prepare for the examination in Y11. Homework will be to practice examination questions for the assessment.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

See website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/

Term 3

Students use OCR practice assessment tasks to demonstrate their practical ability in the skills developed in components 01 and 02. In a controlled environment they will, define success criteria from a given problem, and then create suitable algorithms to achieve success criteria. Students then code their solutions in a suitable programming language, and check its functionality using a suitable and documented test plan.

 

Students prepare for the examination in Y11.

Homework: Practice examination questions for the assessment.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

See website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/

Year 12/13

At Key Stage 5 at KRS we follow the Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT, which consists of a wide range of units such as installing hardware, creating a website, identifying an IT fault, computer animation and e-commerce. They are an ideal foundation for learners entering the workplace, providing them with a theoretical background reinforced with practical skills that transfer into the modern workplace.

Term 1

In Year 12 Autumn term, the pupils study COMMUNICATION AND EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS FOR IT. This unit will prepare learners to effectively use various communication channels, within a working environment and to understand what an employer expects of an individual and how to communicate effectively whilst developing their own personal development needs. The assessment is course work, marked by KRS and moderated by OCR.
Homework: Research and gathering resources for their work in class.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

See website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/

Term 2

In Year 12 Spring term the pupils study INFORMATION SYSTEMS, This will provide the learner with a greater understanding of how organisations use information internally and externally and the types of information they will encounter. The skills gained by completing this unit will give the learner knowledge of the functionality of information and to produce management information systems. The assessment is course work, marked by KRS and moderated by OCR.
Homework: Research and gathering resources for their work in class.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

See website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/

Term 3

In Year 12 Summer term and the whole of Year 13 pupils study 4 of the 41 available units depending on their chosen pathway. The assessment is course work, marked by KRS and moderated by OCR.
Homework: Research and gathering resources for their work in class.
How to help: Discussion of the topics above and sharing of any experience that relate to this would be hugely beneficial.

See website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/