Computing

Key Stage 3

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Students gain an understanding of programming concepts and control technology. They begin to develop computational thinking skills and study topics such as, hardware, binary logic, programming and flowcharting, alongside creative projects that include spreadsheets and animations.  Topics are underpinned with E-safety with an additional focus regarding online safety.  Year 7’s also learn the ethical issues surrounding computers such as e-waste and recycling of computers.  Year 7 are encouraged to take part in focussed extra-curricular activities such as animation club.

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This year group build their knowledge of computer systems by studying the CPU, types of memory and networking. Year 8 also enjoy creative projects such as creating sound, flat file databases, websites, visual and text based programming as well as learning about the historical aspects of computing and communication. All topics are underpinned with E-safety, with an additional focus on digital footprints, ID theft and online safety.

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Students continue to develop computational thinking skills and enjoy learning about encryption, algorithms and relational databases. Emphasis is also placed on the language of computers, students look at number bases and further binary logic. Creativity is addressed though a computer games design project and creating and editing graphics. E-safety and the impact of computers on society are continuously addressed including legislation and a focus on file sharing and computer addiction.  Students enjoy looking at different careers which involve the use of ICT and Computing as well as threats to computer systems.

Key Stage 4

GCSE ICT 2016-18 (YEAR 10)

Course Title GCSE ICT 2012
Examination Board OCR
Qualification GCSE
Specification J461
QN Code 500/7947/5
Link to specification http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/74376-specification.pdf
Summary of course content Below are the knowledge/skills that will be gained through each unit of work: BO61 - you will study a range of ICT systems, as used in the home, at school, and in society. Through this unit you need to be aware of current and emerging technologies and the impact that advances in technology may have on you and others. BO62 - in this unit you will study a range of everyday software applications.  You will be able to manipulate and process data and other information effectively and efficiently and to present information in a format suitable for purpose and audience.  Your final task will be chosen from a range set by the examining board.  The task(s) will enable you to demonstrate practical ICT ability. The task tends to be a spread sheet based task. BO63 - this unit is based upon pre-release material relating to specified businesses or organisation(s) and its/their use of ICT. The pre-release material will be available to centres in the September of each year for the following January and June examination series. This unit will incorporate and build on the knowledge and understanding gained in units B061 and B062. You will learn how different businesses/industries such as Manufacturing use the internet, general and specialist software.  In addition you will study IT innovation in action. BO64 – you will gain skills in a range of creative software applications in order to create a multimedia solution to a given problem. Additionally you will be aware of how to analyse the problem as well as the steps needed to design, develop, test and evaluate the solution to the problem. You will be required to complete a task by creating and developing a multimedia solution with appropriate elements such as: • Sound clips • Video • Animation • Graphics Solutions may include but are not limited to: • A multimedia presentation • A multimedia website • A computer game The problem will be set by OCR and will require you to create a multimedia solution that combines a number of elements, provide evidence of the analysis of the problem as well as the design, development, testing and evaluation of the solution. This unit requires you to participate in group work and your contribution to the group will be assessed. It is expected that a number of skills will be demonstrated, including appropriate editing skills.
How will I be assessed? Four (4) units of work BO61 – ICT in today’s world Written Paper 1hr – marked out of 60 marks, 20% of GCSE BO62 – Practical Applications of ICT Controlled Assessment Marked out of 60 marks, 30% of GCSE Centre assessed and OCR moderated BO63 – ICT in Context Written Paper based upon pre-release information 1hr – marked out of 60 marks, 20% of GCSE BO64 – Creative use of ICT Controlled Assessment Marked out of 60 marks, 30% of GCSE Centre assessed and OCR moderated
What type of activities take place in lessons? We will go on an ICT trip to a theme park to see ICT in context Guest speakers are invited in to give a real world view of ICT Workshops to assemble computer components Paired and Group activities Research via the Internet/Books Teacher led activities
What type of homework tasks will be set? Homework tasks will involve extension of classroom activities, further research, reading current ICT based news articles, gaining feedback from users and creating designs (depending on the unit of work). 
Useful links www.ocr.org.uk http://www.teach-ict.com http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ict/ http://news.sky.com/technology http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology/ www.serif.com   My Revision Notes: OCR Information & Communication Technology GCSE Authors: Steve Cushing and Brian Gillinder  

Essential ICT GCSE: Essential GCSE ICT for OCR Student Book

Author: Stephen Doyle
How will this help students in the future? GCSE ICT will enable you to work in ANY industry in future.  During the course you will: • Become an independent and discerning user of ICT, able to make informed decisions about its use and aware of its implications for individuals, organisations and society • Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts • Develop ICT-based solutions to solve problems • Develop your understanding of current and emerging technologies and their social and commercial impact • Develop your understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT • Recognise potential risks when using ICT, and develop safe, secure and responsible practice • Develop the skills to work collaboratively • Evaluate ICT-based solutions.   GCSE ICT will also allow you to progress to A-Level ICTComputing Courses
How will this course build on Key Stage 3? In key stage 3 you have gained skills/knowledge in Spread sheets, Computer Systems, Games Programming, Databases, Animations, Image Editing, Website Design, Planning and Evaluating.  You have also learnt about the Impact of ICT and ensuring that your product is fit for purpose. This skills set will be fully utilised in the GCSE.  BO61 will draw on knowledge about the Impact of ICT and Computer Systems, BO62 and BO64, will allow you to further demonstrate your skills of planning, spread sheets, web design/programming and evaluating. BO63 will draw upon knowledge from the Impact of ICT and how ICT supports different business sectors. Underpinning all of this will be skills in presentation of work and written communication and in the two creative units (BO62 and BO64) ensuring that the product is fit for the audience.
What Skills will I develop? Understanding of ICT use in specialist industries, Understanding of Computer Systems including hardware, Spread sheets, Web Design, Image Editing and Application/Games Development skills

   

GCSE Computing 2016-18 (Year 10)

Course Title GCSE in Computer Science
Examination Board OCR
Qualification GCSE
Specification J276
QN Code 601/8355/X
Link to specification http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/225975-specification-accredited-gcse-computer-science-j276.pdf
Summary of course content Below are the knowledge and skills that will be acquired through each unit of work: 01 - Computer Systems: This unit covers knowledge about computer systems including the systems architecture, memory, storage, networks, protocols, topologies, system security, system software and ethical, legal cultural and environmental concerns. 02 - Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming This unit covers theoretical knowledge about computational thinking, algorithms and programming including creating and understanding algorithms, programming techniques, how to produce robust programs, computational logic, translators and facilities of languages and data representation. 03 - Programming Project This unit covers practical knowledge and skills about programming including the analysis, design, development, testing and evaluation of a computer program to solve a given problem.
How will I be assessed? 01 - Computer Systems: 1 hour 30 minute written paper Marked out of 80 Weighting:  40% 02 - Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming 1 hour 30 minute written paper Marked out of 80 Weighting:  40% 03 - Programming Project 20 hour non-exam assessment Marked out of 40 Weighting:  20%  
What type of activities take place in lessons? Practical activities to understand theoretical topics. Independent, paired and group work. Teacher led activities. Research tasks. Exam style question. Guest speakers and trips.
What type of homework tasks will be set? Homework tasks will involve extension of classroom activities, research, reading current computing based news articles and exam preparation.
Useful links BBC Bitesize:  www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty Teach ICT:   www.teach-ict.com  Exam Board:  www.ocr.org.uk   Cambridge Computer Science Student Book Author:  David Waller Course Consultant:  Ann Weidmann
How will this help students in the future? GCSE Computer Science will enable you to work in any industry in the future allowing you to develop an understanding of current and emerging technologies and how they work.  This qualification will also enable you to develop an understanding of how computer systems work including the components inside and their purpose as well as an understanding of how to analyse, design, develop, test and evaluate a computer program for a given problem.    This course provides a natural progression onto Computing/ICT courses in further and higher education.
How will this course build on Key Stage 3? At key stage 3 skills are gained in hardware and processing, information technology, data and data representation, communication and networks, computational thinking and programming.  This course builds upon and consolidates these skills.
What Skills will I develop? You will develop a knowledge of computer systems, their components and how they work.  You will also develop computational thinking skills and problem solving skills in order to analyse a given problem and design, develop, test and evaluate a solution.

 

OCR Creative iMedia Level 2 Certificate

Course Title

Cambridge Nationals Certificate in iMedia

Examination Board

OCR

Qualification

Level 2 Certificate

Specification

J817

QN Code

600/7043/2

Link to Specification

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/115888-specification.pdf

Summary of Course Content

This course is assessed through 4 units of work over 2 years.

R081 - Pre-Production Skills

Written paper - 25% of the qualification

This unit covers pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector. It develops understanding of client briefs, time frames, deadlines and preparation

techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.  This unit will give the knowledge and skills needed to create digital media products and gain an understanding of their application. 

R082 - Creating Digital Graphics

Controlled Assessment - 25% of qualification

The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. They will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process. 

R085 - Creating a Multipage Website

Controlled Assessment - 25% of qualification

This unit will enable learners to understand the basics of creating multipage websites. It will enable learners to demonstrate their creativity  by combining components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing website. It will allow them to interpret a client brief and to use planning and preparation techniques when developing a multipage website.

R087 – Creating an Interactive Product

This unit will enable learners to understand the basics of interactive multimedia products. They will learn where and why interactive multimedia is used and what features are needed for a given purpose. It will enable learners to interpret a client brief, and to use time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process when creating an interactive multimedia product.

How will I be assessed

R081 – Pre-Production Skills

This is a written exam paper of 1 hour 15 minutes worth 25% of the qualification.  This is marked externally by the exam board.  The focus of this exam is the skills needed in the planning and design of a media product. 

R082 – Creating Digital Graphics

Controlled Assessment task worth 25% of the qualification.  A task set by the exam board focusing on editing and creating digital graphics.  Assessed internally and externally moderated by the exam board.

R085 – Creating a Multipage Website

Controlled Assessment task worth 25% of the qualification.  A task set by the exam board focusing on the planning and creation of a multipage website.  Assessed internally and externally moderated by the exam board.

R087 – Creating an Interactive Product

Controlled Assessment task worth 25% of the qualification.  A task set by the exam board focusing on the planning and creation of an interactive product.  Assessed internally and externally moderated by the exam board.

What type of activities take place in lessons

Independent, paired and group activities.

Research via the internet and books.

Teacher led activities.

What type of homework tasks will be set

Homework tasks will involve extension of classroom activities, further research, reading current ICT/media based news articles, collecting research from users, gaining feedback from users or creating designs.  Homework will be set according to the homework timetable.

Useful links

www.ocr.org.uk

www.serif.com

www.teach-ict.com

www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology/

BBC Bitesize GCSE ICT

My Revision Notes:  OCR Nationals in Creative iMedia L1/2 Pre-Production skills and creating digital graphics

Author:  Kevin Wells

How will this help students in the future

This qualification will enable you to work in any industry in future.   After studying unit R081 learners will have knowledge on how to plan and create media products.  R082 will equip learners with skills in creating and editing graphics to promote products in the digital world.  R085 and R087 will equip learners with skills to plan and create websites/interactive products to promote businesses/individuals in the digital world.

How will this course build on key stage 3

Learners will have already have gained skills and knowledge in planning and design, websites, interactive products and image editing.  They will have learnt the importance of the target audience and ensuring that products are fit for purpose.  This course builds on and consolidates all of these skills.

What skills will I develop

Learners will develop skills in planning, designing, creating and evaluating media products.