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ICT

At St Gregory’s Catholic Science College, our aim is to use technology in our teaching and learning within the college across all curriculum areas.  ICT became an important subject in the national curriculum in 1995.  ICT teaches our pupils to be digitally literate which involves pupils learning how to use digital technology with understanding.  The need to update our technology as it changes is paramount. Although the hardware costs are high, this usually includes lots of things that are free to use, such as software for programming example - Scratch and QR Codes.

The ICT department is staffed by three highly qualified computing teachers who teach across the year groups and are specialists in different areas.

 KEY STAGE 3 OVERVIEW

We aim that by the end of Key Stage 3 we ensure that all pupils can use a variety of ICT skills confidentially, securely, creatively and independently.

Pupils at St Gregory’s will have their own user area on the network. The school’s network allows internet access that has a filter, which helps to safeguard unwanted materials being accessed either knowingly or accidentally.

YEAR 7 

We aim that by the end of Key Stage 3 we ensure that all pupils can use a variety of ICT skills confidently, securely, creatively and independently.  Pupils at St Gregory’s will have their own user area on the network. The school’s network allows internet access that has a filter, which helps to safeguard unwanted materials being accessed either knowingly or accidentally. At Entry level we decided to shape the students understanding of IT covering a wide range of topics which includes the following subject areas:

 

1. E-Safety - (PowerPoint)

Pupils learn the risks of online threats that could take place via several mediums (emails, websites, smartphones, applications and desktop computers). In addition, pupils learn to use MS PowerPoint.

2. Hardware and Software

Pupils identify hardware components and software applications.

3. Spreadsheet Modelling

Pupils create a model that calculates the cost of a computer.

4. History of Computers

Pupils learn about several key parts in the history of computers from the Abacus, Charles Babbage to Bletchley Park and Alan Turing with a focus on British history. Ending the unit by examining the future of computers.

5. Introduction to programming – LOGO    programing

Pupils develop their problem solving skills using LOGO programing. They understand what Algorithm has to do with computers.

6. Computer game design – Scratch

Using Scratch to program a game that pupils will create.

 

Useful Links:

http://teach-ict.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqmtsbk

http://scratch.mit.edu/

 YEAR 8

In the Second year IT takes on a more involved workplace needs and central to it is e-safety.

The Units covered are as follows:

1. E-Safety Website 

Pupils create a website for Year 7 pupils about e-safety topics in Serif WebPlus

2. Database

Pupils collect, store and retrieve data

3. Digital Imaging

Photo manipulation and advance skills using Serif PhotoPlus

4. Health & Safety in the workplace

Pupils learn and understand the potential health implications in using ICT.

5. Control Crocodile Clips

This unit offers a comprehensive introduction to using Crocodile ICT. It starts with a step-by-step overview of how to set up flowcharts and control the on-screen characters, and moves on to cover a wide range of techniques to make pupils’ program more varied and interesting.

 

Useful Links:

http://teach-ict.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqmtsbk

http://www.crocodile-clips.com/

 YEAR 9

In the third year of the IT course we introduce higher programming subjects which would prepare the Computing students for Pre- GCSE and GCSE.

The Units covered are as follows:

1. HTML

Pupils understand how the World Wide Web works and creates a basic website using HTML code

2. Introduction to Computer Science

Pupils learn what Binary is and the difference between ICT and Computer Science

3. Python programming

Pupils will learn the basics of computer programming by developing a chat bot using Python.

4. Podcast – IT and Society

Pupils will look at the controversial topic of Computer Games addiction. There is no correct answer; pupils must research, debate and evaluate the topics surrounding this issue.

5. Computer systems

Pupils understand the different types of computer systems used for both personal use and in the business world.

 

Useful Links:

http://teach-ict.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqmtsbk

https://www.python.org/downloads/

 KEY STAGE 4 OVERVIEW

IT is one of the most popular vocational qualifications subjects offered by OCR and the Cambridge Technicals build on the legacy and reputation of the OCR Nationals. IT is at the heart of everyday life, at home, work and in our leisure time from computer graphics and control systems to communications and problem-solving, IT has an ever increasing role to play.

Benefits

  • Wide choice of units including hardware, software and online
  • Includes practical activities in all units - learn, do, review
  • Develops transferable skills for the workplace or future studies

OCR - Cambridge Technicals IT Level 2 Certificate – 05340

 

 In St Gregory's we prepare our students for both Employment and Advanced Studies at Level 2 following these OCR Qualification.

YEAR 10 AND 11 

Cambridge Technicals in IT.

  • Wide choice of units including hardware, software and online units.

 

There are four Units in total for this L2 GCSE Qualification.

There are two Mandatory Units:

 [Units 1 & 2] which equals 10 Credits Plus a minimum of 20 Credits from Optional Units

  • Unit 1 – Communicating in the IT Industry. [Externally assessed Exams by OCR]
  • Unit 2 -  Working in the IT Industry.

For Optional Units, choose from a variety of  28 optional Units.

 

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/by-subject/ict/

 KEY STAGE 5 OVERVIEW

OCR - Cambridge Technicals IT Level 3 Certificate – 05347

Introductory Diploma – 05349

Diploma - 05352

 YEAR 12 AND 13

Cambridge Technical IT Level 3

This qualification

  • Includes practical activities in all units - learn, do, review
  • Develops transferable skills for the workplace or future studies
  • 100% internally assessed & Moderated Externally through coursework.
  • The Level 3 qualifications have UCAS points supporting progression to HE.

 

This Level 3 qualification offers sub qualifications that are made up as follows:

  • 3 Unit Qualification – AS equivalent,
  • 6 Unit qualification - 1 A/Level equivalent and
  • 12 Unit qualification - 2 A/Level equivalent.

 

All the above qualifications must include the two mandatory Units [Units 1 and 2]

  • Unit 1 – Communication and Employability Skills for IT and
  • Unit 2 – Information Systems.

This qualification is internally assessed and externally Moderated by OCR.

There are no exams attached to this qualification.

 

Units 3 - 43 are Optional Units to choose from to make the number of units for the students’ chosen qualification.