Please see below some information about the course covered during Years 7 & 8. You will also find a minimum expected standards booklet in a hyperlink below. Inside this booklet you will find a summary of all the knowledge and skills that the academy expects your child to master in this subject by the end of the year. These are the minimum standards that we set for all students. If your child achieves this, they should be on track to achieve at least a grade 5/6 in your GCSE in year 11. During each half-term your child will have regular ‘learning checks to assess how well they are progressing against the expected standards. If they do not reach the expected standard in any of these checks, they should be seeking help from their teacher regarding the best possible steps. Teachers will also be sharing with students examples of how to go beyond the expected standards and providing additional challenge.
Summary of Years 7 & 8
Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 will study a bespoke curriculum designed to include computational thinking as well as traditional ICT skills. The aim of this new curriculum is to broaden the skill set of the pupils and enable them to develop high level expertise in a variety of ICT related areas. It will also support their continued study into key stage 4 providing a detailed grounding whether they select the option of Computing or ICT. Over these three years pupils will learn about online safety, the basics of programming, how to manipulate spreadsheets, be confident in the analysis of data and modelling finances and how to create effective animations, websites and multimedia products such as movies and podcasts. They will become more independent in their use of ICT and more critical in reviewing and evaluating their products and performance in order to make improvements.
Year 7 Units of Study
e-Safety; Introduction to programming principles using Scratch; Spreadsheet modeling; Graphic Design & animations(in collaboration with History).
Year 8 & 9 Units of Study
Introduction to databases; Website design; Advanced spreadsheets; Multimedia; Computational thinking with Python; ICT now & the future.