The King's (The Cathedral) School

Peterborough

ICT taught at The King’s School is intended to provide students with skills to use computers in all areas of the curriculum as well as outside of school. There are many areas of ICT which are covered including databases, spread sheets, word-processing and programming. Students will also learn about graphics, webpage editing and the use of digital equipment. These areas are all covered to enable students to have a good understanding of computers and their practical application in society.

"Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all"

John F Kennedy

ICT lessons are taught in rooms where each student has access to a computer, microphones, digital cameras and video cameras. The computers are connected to the school's network with access to shared resources.

KS3

At KS3 pupils broadly follow the National Secondary Strategy units of Work that have been adapted by us to stretch and challenge our students.

Year 7 - 1 lesson a week

In Year 7 our students follow a varied curriculum which gives them an insight into a wide range of software and ICT applications.

Topics covered:

  • Presentation Software
  • Principles of Good Design
  • Computer Games Programming
  • Sound Editing
  • Data Handling - Spreadsheets and Databases
  • Internet Safety

Year 8 - 1 double lesson a fortnight

During Year 8 students build on the skills that they have developed in Year 7.

Topics include:

  • Computer Control (BBC Microbits and Bit Bots)
  • Animation (Adobe Flash)
  • Graphics (Adobe Fireworks)
  • Web Design (HTML and Adobe Dreamweaver)

Year 9 – 1 double lesson a week

The work in Year 9 is based on a series of mini-projects which involve all of the skills learned so far plus new ones based on aspects of Computer Science.

Topics include:

  • Coding - Introduction to Python
  • Group Project on Advertising
  • Coding an Interactive Quiz
  • Paired Project Computer Control - Design a Log Flume
  • Encryption

KS4

ICT is an ideal preparation for a technological world in which ICT touches every part of daily lives. The course at KS4 develops practical ICT skills and extends knowledge and understanding of ICT systems.

All the key pieces of software are included: word-processing, databases, spread sheets, desktop publishing, multimedia, graphics and web-design. The issues that face people as a result of the ever-expanding use of ICT systems and the Internet are considered.

The ICT course is based on practical work and problem-solving and involves pupils developing real-life ICT software solutions.

Edexcel GCSE in Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World (Externally assessed)

Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes
40% of the qualification
80 marks

In this unit students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move). They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Topic 1: Personal Digital Devices
Topic 2: Connectivity
Topic 3: Operating Online
Topic 4: Online Goods and Services
Topic 5: Online Communities
Topic 6: Issues

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools (Internally assessed)

Non-examined assessment: 20 hours
60% of the qualification
80 marks

This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

Topic 1: Research and Information Gathering
Topic 2: Modelling
Topic 3: Digital Publishing
Topic 4: Evaluating Outcomes
Topic 5: Working Efficiently and Safely 

For more information: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/ict-2010.html

Edexcel Computer Science (2016)

Component 1: Principles of Computer Science (Externally assessed)

Written examination: 1 hour and 40 minutes
40% of the qualification
80 marks

This component will assess all topics.

  • Understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; ability to interpret, amend and create algorithms.
  • Understand the requirements for writing program code.
  • Understanding of binary representation, data representation, data storage and compression, encryption and databases.
  • Understanding of components of computer systems; ability to construct truth tables, produce logic statements and read and interpret pseudo-code.
  • Understanding of computer networks, the internet and the worldwide web.
  • Awareness of emerging trends in computing technologies, the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues.

Component 2: Application of Computational Thinking (Externally assessed)

Written examination: 2 hours
40% of the qualification
80 marks

The main focus of this component will be:

  • Understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; ability to interpret, amend and create algorithms.
  • Understanding how to develop program code and constructs, data types, structures, input/output, operators and subprograms.

This component may also draw on:

  • Understanding of binary representation, data representation, data storage and compression, encryption and databases.
  • Understanding of components of computer systems; ability to construct truth tables, produce logic statements and read and interpret pseudo-code.
  • Understanding of computer networks, the internet and the worldwide web.
  • Awareness of emerging trends in computing technologies, the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues.

Component 3: Project (Internally assessed)

Non-examined assessment: 20 hours
20% of the qualification
60 marks

Students will develop a computer program. The content for this component will draw on:

  • Algorithms, decomposition and abstraction
  • Designing, writing, testing and refining a program
  • Data

For more information: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/computer-science-2016.html

 

Department Staff

Mrs Sharon Stimson (STS): Head of ICT Department
Mr Hayden Brader (HAB): Teacher of ICT