Information Communication Technology

As the tide is moving away from GCSE ICT to the introduction of Computer Science across most Schools in the country, we have embarked on embracing the new Computing curriculum from as early as Year 7.  This has provided us with a unique opportunity to broaden the curriculum to include exciting aspects of ICT and Computer Science to meet the requirements of Computing in our School.  In achieving this goal, students would be taught the following topics throughout the Year.

Website design
Interactive Web Banner
Logo Design
Video Production
Computational Thinking
Programming using Python
Systems Life Cycle
Resources

The school is equipped with state of the art computing resources. We have at least ten air conditioned computing suites around the school, which we are continually updating with the latest software and technology. This year, two of our suites have been completely renovated with high quality Desktop Macs.
Students are provided with in-house worksheets, workbooks, user guides and textbooks from Edexcel and ZigZag Education.

Homework
Our School subscribes to ShowMyHomework which is accessible by Students, Parents and Teachers. Students are given one piece of homework every fortnight and are expected to complete it for the next week. 

ICT Clubs and Extra-curricular Activities 

In ICT we offer a wide range of activities and trips during the academic year.

ICT Clubs: Monday to Friday after School till 6pm
Saturday School from 10am to 2pm each week (variations of sessions will be sent separately to students)

ICT Trips:

ICT Conference held at Alton Towers in September for Key Stage 4 
The BETT Show
Bletchley Park
Nokia
London Dungeon
Cadbury World

GCSE ICT has been taught as a core subject in Kingsdale for over five years.  This has provided a unique opportunity for all students to effectively develop the necessary skills, learn about the tools and techniques in using various software applications.  This has had a significant impact on students, helping to enhance their independent learning skills, to meet the needs and requirements of every subject area.  

The Edexcel GCSE ICT provides our students with a single GCSE qualification which is structured in a two unit course.

Unit 1 Living in a Digital World 

In this unit is worth 40% of the entire course and it is assessed in a 1 hour 30 minutes written exam.  Students are given the opportunity to explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. Students 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 well-being, on the move). They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice. 

Unit 2 Using Digital Tools 

This Unit is worth 60% of the entire course and it is the Controlled Assessment. It involves a practical task designed to encourage 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. Students learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. They put into practice what they learned about digital technology in Unit 1. 

The current Year 11 and 10 Students are working on the Controlled Assessment Brief “Animal Shelter” and “Prom”.

Task completed as part of the Controlled Assessment

  • Creating a logo
  • Carrying out an Investigation
  • Creating and working on a database
  • Analysing data in a spreadsheet
  • Creating an interactive web banner
  • Creating a Power Point Presentation
  • Creating a Movie
  • Creating a Web Site
  • Keeping a record of Sources
  • Writing up an Evaluation

 

 
 
 

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