In Year 7, students study ICT for one hour a fortnight. Through the course of the year students cover three projects. These are Digital Literacy, Game Design and Computer Systems. So far we have completed the work on Digital Literacy, in which students have developed their organisation and presentation skills, and the Game Design project. In the Game Design project students have planned and created their own game using the Kodu Game Lab. The projects aim to develop the basic skills in a broad range of areas from basic computer operation to programming and other technical skills that students may wish to study in more detail in later years.
In Year 8, students study ICT for one hour a fortnight. Through the course of the year students cover 3 projects. These are a unit about the World Wide Web (including E-Safety), a unit where students have created their own game using Kodu and a unit about spreadsheets which students are currently undertaking. The projects aim to develop the basic skills that students will go on to study in more detail at KS4, where students may elect to study either ICT or Computer Science. Students who wish to learn more about computer programming may attend Python Club, which takes place every Friday lunchtime.
Year 9 pupils are following a rotation this year and will complete projects in 4 of the following areas:
Food, Textiles, Resistant materials, Graphics or Computer Science.
They will complete extended design and make tasks in these areas to experience work similar to GCSE. They will cover:
·developing, planning and communicating ideas (research, analysis, specification, generation of ideas, development of solutions, planning, graphical communication)
·working with tools, equipment, materials and components to produce quality products
·evaluating processes and products (testing and evaluating their own products; evaluating and analysing commercially manufactured products)
This will give them an experience of GCSE type work which will hopefully assist them with their decision making when they choose their options.