As a school educating pupils for life in the 21st Century we recognise the necessity of developing learners to become excellent practitioners of ICT. These skills are encouraged and developed across all subject areas through our exciting notebook programme. To support this, we also recognise the importance of learning ICT skills through dedicated lessons.
Key Stage 3
In Years 8 and 9 every pupil receives regular lessons in developing their ICT as part of the weekly timetable. In Year 8 pupils learn a variety of skills based on the requirements of the national curriculum. In particular, pupils develop their skills in creating and using databases, spreadsheets and multimedia presentations. In Year 9 these skills are developed further, along with skills in using communication packages, to begin working on the Essential Skills Wales qualification in ICT. At Key Stage 3 gain experience of using the following software packages :
Key Stage 4
In Years 10 and 11 all pupils complete their study of the Essential Skills Wales ICT qualification as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate. In addition to this pupils have the option of studying the OCR Cambridge National ICT. This is a new qualification which develops pupils' theoretical and practical knowledge of the variety of computer systems used in business and industry today, from smart phones and tablets to desktop PCs and networks. Year 10 consists of an intensive 12 month course focussed on developing ICT skills for use in the business environment and deepening pupils' understanding of computer systems. Year 10 is assessed via an extended task (25%) and a written examination (25%). In Year 11 two of the topics covered in Year 10 are then selected to develop further and are assessed via extended tasks. These make up 25% each of the final grade and could include further study of web design, computer graphics, spreadsheets or databases.
As well as the software packages used at key stage 3, pupils also use various packages from the Serif range, including, but not limited to, Web Plus and Draw Plus.
As this is an ICT course, all resources at key stage 4 are delivered online via Moodle and pupils will need access to a notebook and the Internet to complete home learning tasks.
Key Stage 5