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Blackfen School for Girls

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Computing & ICT

Welcome to the Computing and ICT Department, part of the Vocational Faculty. Computing has never been more important in the modern work environment than it is today. Our computing curriculum has been designed to teach students a wide range of skills that modern day employers look for in their employees.

Key Stage 3 

Year 7

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Term 1

Internet/e-Safety & Leaflet Design

This unit of work teaches students the importance of internet and electronic safety. The unit will cover all modern threats from using popular social networking sites as well as using a phone safely.

The students will be taught a variety of software packages from Publisher, Photoshop and Powerpoint

Term 2

Scratch – Game Design

This unit will teach students about several programming elements going such as algorithms, variables, selection, loops and counts. The students will use these new key algorithms to create games such as pong, flappy bird and catch the ball. The students will also have the opportunity to create their very own games.

Students will learn the very basic level of programming using a program called Scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu/). They will create interactive animations, games and quizzes.

 

Term 3

History of Computers

This unit of work will explore the history of computers from what was capable during the early developments of computing to modern day computers and networks. This will teach students even more detail about modern hardware.

This unit will look into how programming has evolved from very basic instruments such as the abacus and to how this has had an effect on the very computers we use day to day.

Term 4

Introduction to Spreadsheets

This unit of work will focus on more data storage, manipulation and presentation with the use of formula and functions.

Students will create spreadsheets and using formulas, functions, macros, charts and other spreadsheet tools.

Term 5

HTML and Website Development

This unit will teach students the basics of HTML and CSS, and how to create websites which adapt to any screen size. They will learn the basics of good design how to create text styles and add content to a page (e.g. including text and graphics), as well as navigation links to other pages on their website and to external websites.

Students will develop their own HTML templates in a text editor such as Notepad. They will decide on a topic for their own websites, document their designs and collect suitable text and images.

Term 6

Animation in Flash

In this unit, pupils will learn how animations are created and use a variety of drawing and animation techniques including tweening and motion paths in order to plan, create and export a multi-layered animation into a format that can be played as a standalone file or as a moving image within a web page. The unit includes theory on frame rates and the effect on file size

Year 8

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Term 1

Understanding Computers

This is a theoretical unit covering the basic principles of computer architecture and use of binary. Pupils will look at the Input-Process-Output sequence, storage devices, the Fetch-Decode-Execute cycle and some simple binary to decimal conversion.

Students will investigate inside computer towers and gets participate in a hands on approach to working with and understanding computer systems.

Term 2

Using the Internet

In this unit, students will develop an understanding of computer networks and their relation to how the Internet works. They will also look at the various aspects that come together to give us the Internet as we know it today as well a historical view of how the Internet and the WWW have developed.

 

Term 3

 

 

 

Term 4

Databases

This unit covers essential theory of databases which will help to prepare pupils for GCSEs in either Computer Science or ICT. Supporting the basic theory, this unit has a practical focus, covering the creation and use of a single-table database and/or a simple relational database involving two tables in a one- to-many relationship using MS Access.

Term 5

Introduction to Python

This unit is an introduction to Python, an easy-to-use high-level programming language. The focus is on getting pupils to understand the process of developing programs, the importance of writing correct syntax, being able to formulate algorithms for simple programs and debugging their programs.

The pupils’ final programs are put into a learning portfolio with evidence of correct running, for assessment purposes.

Term 6

Grand Designs - CAD

This scheme of work aims to teach learners how to plan and carry out a project while applying a variety of IT skills, such as 3D modelling, spreadsheet modelling and presentation skills. Learners will plan their project by using a Gantt chart, design a house using Google SketchUp, calculate the expenditures of the project using Excel then produce a presentation to explain why their house should be built. The topic finishes with an evaluation of the work produced.

Year 9

Entry Level Computing (OCR)

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/entry-level-computing-r353-from-2012/

Entry Code: R353 (from 2012)

Qualification Title: OCR Entry Level Certificate in Computing R353

Reference: 600/7267/2

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn Term 1

Trends in Computing

This unit will require students to create a presentation or report about a current trend in computing e.g. Bluetooth, Mobile Phones, and Games Consoles etc.

This is Internally assessed and externally moderated by OCR

Autumn term 2

Hardware, Software and logic

This unit looks at the theory of Computer Hardware, Software and Logic.

OCR Set end of item tests, each approx. 15 minutes in duration, to be taken after teaching a topic.

Spring Term 1

Programming Coursework

This unit will require students to complete a coursework using an exam board set task in Scratch.

This is Internally assessed and externally moderated by OCR

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Graphics Project

This unit will prepare students for the Cambridge nationals at GCSE, they will be required to use Fireworks and Photoshop to create graphics for their chosen client.

Summer Term 2

Key Stage 4 

Cambridge Nationals

http://www.cambridgenationals.org.uk/
Entry Code: J808
Qualification Title: OCR Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Information Technologies

Year 10

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

 

 

 

 

Autumn Term 2

Unit R001 Understanding Computer Systems

Using Information and Data for Business Needs

Students by the end of this unit of work will understand the variety of information and data types that are used in modern businesses. This will cover how information is stored, communicated and kept secure.

 

 

Spring Term 1

Unit R001 Understanding Computer Systems

Using ICT to support business working practices

This unit of work will show how ICT aids many business working practices, it will teach students how tasks can be accomplished quicker, more secure and much simpler than legacy systems.

Unit R001 Understanding Computer Systems

Understand computer legal and ethical issues

Students will be introduced to legal and ethical issues in the use of ICT in the workplace, copyright, data protection act and terms and conditions are all covered.

Spring Term 2

Unit R001 Understanding Computer Systems Storage and network connectivity

Student’s final unit of work before their exam will cover how businesses store information and data effectively, and will give a brief introduction into how computers are connected by networks.

Unit R001 Understanding Computer Systems

Understand computer safety and security issues

By the end of this unit of work students will have a secure knowledge of a variety of ways businesses keep employees safe in the workplace and ways they keep their network secure from hackers, viruses and malicious software.

Summer Term 1

Unit R006 Manipulating Images

Students will use their time following the R001 exam to make improvements to their coursework ready for external moderation.

Summer Term 2

Unit R002 Using ICT to create business solutions

Cambridge Nationals

http://www.cambridgenationals.org.uk/
Entry Code: J810
Qualification Title: OCR Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in ICT
Reference: 600/4776/8

Year 11

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

Unit R006 Manipulating Images

Research and Design

Students will be given a business scenario in which they will have to research and design a multimedia product they will create.

Autumn Term 2

Unit R006 Manipulating Images

Creating and manipulating images

Evaluating and testing

Students will use their research and design to start creating and manipulating referenced images together to create a suitable, professional image for the business scenario provided previously.

During this section of the unit the students will test their website from multiple sources and produce an evaluation, evaluating the effectiveness of their image to their target audience.

Spring Term 1

Unit R002 Using ICT to create business solutions

Creating advertisements for a business
Use of e-mail in a business environment

Designing and creating a spread sheet solution

This unit of work teaches students a variety of tools using Database software. Students will use tables, forms, reports and queries to accomplish a variety of business tasks. Students will be given a number of business tasks to complete through this unit of work, creating professional memos, letters, flyers etc. Using all of the files and folders created for the units of work from year 10, they will show how to organise, backup and secure files and folders. This will show the importance of keeping files safe and professional in a business environment.

Spring Term 2

Unit R002 Using ICT to create business solutions

Designing and creating a database solution Creating Business Documents

Organising and backing up files and folders

Students will use their research and design to start creating and manipulating referenced multimedia components together to create a suitable, professional multimedia product for the business scenario provided previously.

Summer Term 1

Unit R006 

Manipulating Images

Unit R002 Using ICT to create business solutions

Students will use their time following the R001 exam to make improvements to their coursework ready for external moderation.

 

OCR GCSE 9-1 Computer Science (From Sept 2016)

Entry Code: J276

Year 10

Term

Unit of Work

Summary

Autumn term 1

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

This component incorporates and builds on the knowledge and understanding gained in Component 01, encouraging learners to apply this knowledge and understanding using computational thinking. Learners will be introduced to algorithms and programming, learning about programming techniques, how to produce robust programs, computational logic, translators and facilities of computing languages and data representation. Learners will become familiar with computing related mathematics.

It is expected that learners will draw on this underpinning content when completing the Programming Project component (03 or 04).

Autumn Term 2

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Spring Term 1

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Spring Term 2

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Summer Term 1

Computer systems

This component will introduce learners to the Central Processing Unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software.

It is expected that learners will become familiar with the impact of Computer Science in a global context through the study of the ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with Computer Science. It is expected that learners will draw on this underpinning content when completing the Programming Project component (03 or 04).

Summer Term 2

Computer systems