Subject: ICT and Computer Science
Members of staff: Mr T Mayer – Department Leader
Mr A Thornton (part time)
Mr A Dixon (part time)
Subject Overview:

Learners will develop their ICT skills and knowledge by analysing, designing, developing and evaluating digital products. Learners will also learn how to program and understand the architecture of computer systems and networks.

At GCSE level, students will study for:

  • OCR GCSE Computer Science
  • OCR Cambridge Nationals in iMedia
Key Stage 3
Content: Year 7: Year 8: Year 9:
Autumn Term 1: 1. The properties and purpose of digital video
2. Client requirements for a digital video
3. Pre-production documents for a digital video
1. Surveillance and censorship
2. Artificial Intelligence
3. Teenagers and technology
1. Python – Developing programming skills
Autumn Term 2: 1. Collecting and re-purposing assets
2. Developing digital video
3. Evaluating digital video
1. The digital divide
2. Environmental issues
3. Legislation and Computer Science
1. Python – Development of their programme
Spring Term 1: 1. Computer Systems
2. Input and Output devices
3. The CPU
1. Network topologies
2. Network hardware
3. Network security
1. Digital graphics – their use and properties
2. Digital graphics – Developing Photoshop Skills
Spring Term 2: 1. Secondary storage and RAM
2. Software
3. Networks
1. The internet and the World Wide Web
2. Routers and Modems
3. Compression and file types
1. Digital graphics – Developing their own digital graphic fit for purpose and audience.
Summer Term 1: 1. Introduction to the Scratch environment
2. Flowcharts and iteration
3. Flowcharts and selection
1. Network security – passive and active attacks
2. Network security – Viruses, worms and Trojans
3. Network security – Different types of malware
1. Interactive Multimedia Products – their use and properties
2. Interactive Multimedia Products – Using pre-production documents
Summer Term 2: 1. Variables in Scratch
2. Game development
3. Game development
1. Network security – Prevention
2. Network security – Website development (HTML)
3. Network security – Website development (HTML)
1. Interactive Multimedia Products – Developing their own product fit for purpose and audience.
Key Stage 4
Content: Year 10: Year 11:
Autumn Term 1: ICT – R081 (pre-production materials)
ICT – R082 – Digital Graphics
Computer Science – System Architecture, memory, storage, algorithms, programming techniques
ICT – R087 – Interactive Multimedia Products
ICT – R087 – Interactive Multimedia Products
Computer Science – Wired and wireless networks, network topologies, producing robust programs
Autumn Term 2: ICT – R081 (pre-production materials)
ICT – R082 – Digital Graphics
Computer Science – Wired and wireless networks, network topologies, producing robust programs
ICT – R089 – Creating a Digital Video Sequence
Computer Science – Protocols and layers, system security, computational logic
Spring Term 1: ICT – R081 (pre-production materials)
ICT – R082 – Digital Graphics
Computer Science – Protocols and layers, system security, computational logic
ICT – R089 – Creating a Digital Video Sequence
Computer Science – systems software, translators and facilities of languages
Spring Term 2: ICT – R081 (pre-production materials)
ICT – R087 – Interactive Multimedia Products
Computer Science – systems software, translators and facilities of languages
ICT – R089 – Creating a Digital Video Sequence
Computer Science – Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns, data representation
Summer Term 1: ICT – R087 – Interactive Multimedia Products
Computer Science – Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns, data representation
ICT – R089 – Creating a Digital Video Sequence
Computer Science – Exam revision and practise
Summer Term 2: ICT – R087 – Interactive Multimedia Products
Computer Science – System Architecture, memory, storage, algorithms, programming techniques
Revision Links for GCSE Course:

GCSE Pod: https://www.gcsepod.com
Google Classrooms: https://classroom.google.com
GCSE Bitesize: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z34k7ty
Teach ICT: https://www.teach-ict.com

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

1. Encourage thorough and regular independent study for assessments and formative exams
2. Encourage learners to attend coursework intervention where needs be
3. Engage with the curriculum – join Google Classrooms to check what your child’s learning

Extra-Curricular Activities:

1. Game development club
2. Kingswood Residential
3. Trips related to vocations in the ICT/Computer Science industry