Welcome to the ICT Department

Curriculum Intent

We want to equip our students with the knowledge and skills they need to be creators of digital technology rather than just users. We want our students to be able to look at a digital product critically and be able to understand how and why it was made in the way it was; to have some understanding the way it works behind the scenes. In the same way we want to equip students with the knowledge to think critically of information they see and read online with a knowledge of how to find the motivations and biases of whoever created it. We want student to be comfortable working on the worldwide web, equipped with the knowledge and expertise to work with quality, efficiency, privacy and safely. We need to prepare our students for the encroachment of automation and artificial intelligence into every workplace; indeed we need our students to be equipped to take the opportunities this will present rather than resent it from the other side.

Subject Definition

The study of how computers and computer systems work, and how they are developed, programmed and used.

How ICT Links to our CARES Values

Computational thinking is an approach to problem solving which builds resilience when students are designing computer-based solutions. In key stage 3 students look at airbrushing or “photoshopping” and its impact on body confidence and respect for ourselves and others. Students also look at the rules or respect, self-control and treating other equally in their online communication.

How ICT Links to British Values and the Prevent Duty

In key stage 3 students learn about facts, bias and opinions and how they are presented and shared online, including “fake news” and its impact on democracy.

Subject Staffing

M Hazel
L Wilson
R Wilson

Key Stage 3 Overview - 3 Years

KS3 (Yr 7, 8 & 9) – Curriculum Content

Year 7

1. Scratch 1: programming a Pacman game
2. HTML 2: profile page
3. Data 1: Collection and Analysis
4. Fact and Opinion online

Year 8

5. Airbrushing: theme park graphics and ethical issues
6. HTML 2: theme park website
7. Programming systems: theme park
8. Python 1

Year 9

9. Data 2: data science
10. Python 2: programming with sequences of data
11. HTML 3: multimedia ePortfolio

Key Stage 4 Curriculum - 2 Years

OCR Cambridge Nationals - Creative iMedia

4 units:

  1. Pre-production skills (exam). How online media products are planned, designed and produced and shared
  2. Creating digital graphics – how and why digital graphics are created for different purposes and audiences
  3. Creating a multi-page website – how websites are designed, created/written and tested
  4. Interactive multimedia products – how multimedia products are produced for a range of different reasons and in different locations

Links to Enhanced Curriculum

Lego Robot Club (using Lego Mindstorms) with links to other STEM subjects.


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