In ICT / Computing lessons we aim to provide students with an understanding of introductory concepts of Computing and Digital Technologies. We also aim to develop fundamental ICT skills in using digital technologies in a safe and responsible way, both in school and in the wider world.
Students are also reminded and encouraged to use and transfer these skills in different software packages from the context of ICT / Computing lessons to other curriculum areas, as well as realise these are skills that can be used at home and in the workplace.
In year 7 students are shown the fundamental concepts relating to:
1) File and folder management
2) Use of e-mail
3) E-Safety Issues
4) Cybercrime and specific Computer Health & Safety issues
5) Word Processing Skills
6) Basic Programming
7) Basic Programming Ideas
Whilst teaching theory concepts we aim to develop skills at the same time, for example we use DTP software to deliver elements of Computing Architecture.
In year 8 students have a basic recap of file and folder management, use of e-mail and then move onto the following topics:
3) Computer Networks
4) Flowchart use and construction
Later in the year students learn about Computational Thinking and AI and Machine Learning.
In year 9 students learn about the following:
4) Spreadsheets / excel
In year 10 students learn about:
2) Constructing websites
3) IT and the World of Work