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ICT and Computer Science

ICT and Computer Science at Beaumont Leys School comprises of 5 full time staff with a wealth of experience and expertise; Arron Smith (Faculty Team Leader), Ankit Patel, John Stewardson (Senior Standards Leader), Alex Vann (Assistant Head teacher) and Beena Sisodia (Assistant Head teacher).

There are five ICT suites, each with thirty machines guaranteeing that there is always a computer available for every student in every lesson.

Click below to find out more about what we teach.

ICT – Key Stage 4

Introduction

ICT in Key Stage 4 is an option subject that is chosen at the end of Year 9. Students who select ICT will study the Edexcel GCSE ICT course across the two years of Key Stage 4 with the same ICT teacher.

The course consists of one controlled assessment practical unit (Unit 2) worth 60% of the GCSE and one written exam paper (Unit 1) taken at the end of the course worth (40%).

Course Overview

Unit 1

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.

Unit 2

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. Students produce various digital products including: logos, digital posters, complex spreadsheet models, webpages and multimedia products for a given scenario provided by Edexcel.

They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

Curriculum time

Students have ICT three hours per week in both years 10 and 11.

Assessment

Unit 1

Unit 1 is assessed through a 1 hour 30 minute examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.

The total number of marks available for the examination paper is 80.

Unit 2

Unit 2 is assessed internally under controlled conditions.

Students must complete a controlled assessment task provided by Edexcel.

Students must complete the task within 40 hours.

Marking of the task is carried out by teachers and moderated by Edexcel against set assessment criteria.

The total number of marks available for the controlled assessment task is 80.

 

ICT & Computer Science – Key Stage 3

Introduction

The ICT and Computer Science curriculum in Key Stage 3 has been designed to equip pupils with a range of skills in various disciplines in line with the most recent national curriculum (Sept 2013).

Students develop skills and are assessed in three main areas; Digital Literacy, Information Communication Technology and Computational Thinking.

Digital Literacy

Students develop the ability to locate, organise, understand, evaluate, and create information using digital technology.

We aim to ensure that all of our students are competent users of digital technology and have the functional skills required to complete everyday tasks efficiently. We also develop their understanding of E-Safety and responsible use of digital technology outside of the classroom.

Information Communication Technology

Students develop software specific skills required to complete a variety of tasks in multiple software packages. This includes the use of all Microsoft Office products, Serif Movieplus, Abode Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver, Audacity, and Google Sketch-up. They also learn the importance of networks, including the World Wide Web and explore the personal digital devices used for communication in society.

Computational Thinking

Students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.

We aim to give all students experience of programming using different software, including Scratch, Flowol, Kodu and Python. Students will also explore the theory behind the evolution of computer systems and the practical knowledge required to build and maintain personal computers.

By the end of their KS3 journey our aim is to ensure that all pupils in KS3:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

Curriculum time

Students in Years 7 and 8 have one period of ICT and Computer Science per week.

Students in Year 9 have two periods per week.

Assessment

Students are assessed upon entry with a baseline test and then continually throughout their journey across Key Stage 3. Students complete assessment diaries that document their progress, these are marked by the classroom teacher in line with the school marking policy. End of module tests are also used a summative assessment method.

Homework

Homework is set three times for each unit covered, this should result in homework being set fortnightly for Year 9 and once every three weeks for Years 7 and 8.