IT & Computing

KS2

Pupils will be given an introduction to the three strands of Computing: Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Computer Science.

Throughout the year pupils will learn about programming with Scratch and Kodu, as well as being introduced to the IT curriculum using programs such as Photoshop to edit digital images.

 

KS3

Throughout the year pupils will be studying various aspects of the three strands of Computing. These are: Digital Literacy, Computer Science and Information Technology.

We study a range of topics in an innovative modular curriculum that is designed to engage and extend our pupils knowledge of computing in today’s Digital Connected World.

These modules cover topics such as:

  • Photoshop Digital Graphics
  • BBC Micro:Bit Programming
  • Video editing and design
  • Databases and spreadsheets
  • Web design
  • Kodu game design
  • Flash Animation
  • Python coding
  • Computer Hardware and Software
  • Binary and Logic
  • Computer networks and digital citizenship.

 

 How is the course assessed

Each topic area has a discrete assessment focus which links to the three strands of the CAS Progression Pathways.

How can you support your child at home

Encourage your child to explore online coding sites such as:

 

 

 

KS4

Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia are media sector-focused, including film, television, web development, gaming and animation, and have IT at their heart. They provide knowledge in a number of key areas in this field from pre-production skills to digital animation and have a motivating, hands-on approach to both teaching and learning. Cambridge Nationals deliver skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things.

We study two compulsory units which cover Pre-Production and Digital graphics, as well as optional units such as Cartoon Strip design, website design and digital animation.

Pupils not taking the Creative iMedia course may take a Functional Skill in IT qualification. Functional Skills are practical skills in English, Maths and ICT for all learners aged 14 and above. Functional Skills provide an individual with essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and work.

There is also the opportunity to study GCSE Computer Science. The course teaches pupils to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically to solve problems. It also teaches pupil show to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs.

Encourage your child to practice the skills they have learnt in iMedia to create, edit and manipulate digital images.

 How is the course assessed 

Every half term there will be a formal assessment based on the content covered that term. This could be a practical task such as digital graphics editing or a theory exam.

These assessments will be used to inform pupils of their progress in the key topic areas of the course

Functional Skills will be assessed with an online, practical based test.

This is a very demanding course, which is assessed with half-termly practical and theory exams.

 How can you support your child at home

Encourage your child to practice the skills they have learnt in iMedia to create, edit and  manipulate digital images