Information Technology

Delivery of ICT at Uffculme is through both dedicated lessons and cross-curricular provision.  All pupils at Uffculme School study ICT for a minimum of one hour per week in a dedicated ICT suite with a specialist teacher.  All departments contribute to the enhancement of pupils’ ICT experience in a wide variety of ways.

The ICT scheme of work has been developed to enable pupils to work independently, with all the necessary information available to them on the school’s learning portal which students can access with their own personal log in.

Key Stage 3

All pupils have a minimum of one hour long dedicated ICT lesson per week during Years 7 and 8.  The ICT curriculum has recently been updated and we now have a 2 year, accelerated KS3 curriculum giving pupils the opportunity to be independent, creative and reflective learners.  Pupils learn a wide range of skills using a variety of technologies through a combination of ICT and computing – the computing is to help develop the pupils’ skills as computational thinkers.

Year 7

In Year 7 pupils explore photo editing, video editing and animation software.  Pupils learn about the dangers of the internet and how to keep safe online.  The curriculum also develops the pupils’ spreadsheet skills that are essential for the business world. Pupils also tackle a controversial issue later in the programme of study, they will then look at computer systems in terms of the hardware and processes that run them.  We will develop the pupils’ basic programming skills using Scratch where the concept of algorithms are introduced and developed.  Later in the year pupils will use Flowol which is a flowchart based programming language used to monitor inputs and control outputs.

Year 8

In Year 8 pupils have the opportunity to develop their organisational skills in the ‘Getting Organised’ unit of study.  Pupils are introduced to audio editing in a topic involving creating a scary story suitable for radio broadcast.  Two core units, known as Box Office A and Box Office B, running alongside the school production which helps to build upon pupils’ spreadsheet and presentation skills.

In Year 8 the pupils will continue to develop their programming through Scratch and Python.  In the unit “The Games Factory” pupils get the chance to design and build their own computer game.  The “Coding” unit introduces the pupils to command line programming using the text based Python programming language.

Year 9

In Year 9 we begin our KS4 programme of study.  Learners combine their knowledge and skills learnt in Years 7 and 8 to plan and manage their own learning and progress through a more ‘independent study’ approach to lessons. In this year students study towards the European Computer Driving Licence qualification known as the ECDL+.

Key Stage 4

Core

One hour per week is devoted to a core lesson for ICT in both Year 10 and Year 11.  In this core lesson all students study the European Computer Driving Licence.  The ECDL+ is unique in offering the tools and resources needed to deliver high quality training to students. Students use this knowledge to produce professional coursework in other subject areas.  The ECDL+ is a continually assessed vocational qualification and has a GCSE equivalence of between grade C and A*.

Options

Option A - BTEC

Two hours per week are made available to students who opt to follow the more extensive Level 2 BTEC qualification in ICT. This qualification is also suitable for those wishing to gain a Level 3 qualification in the future to support further study in FE.

Option B - Computer Science

Computing GCSE is an option at KS4.  Pupils study for the GCSE OCR Computing qualification.  This is a two year course followed through Years 10 and 11 which has the students studying many aspects of computing, including the fundamentals of computer systems, hardware & software, data & databases, communications and networking.  A large part of the assessment is based on the students’ programming skills.  For this course programming is carried out using Python software.

Curriculum and Qualifications

At KS3 the department follows the National Curriculum's programme of study.  Full details can be accessed from here.

In summary, the courses followed at KS4 are the ECDL, BTEC and Computer Science.

The specifications can be found here:

If you require further information about the ICT curriculum at KS3 or KS4 please contact Mr Smith, Head of Department, at smithg@uffculmeschool.net