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Wright Robinson College

ICT

INTRODUCTION

 At KS3 students  have 2 lessons per fortnight. Students will be expected to complete approximately 4 homework tasks per term These will be accessible via the college's remote learning platform Microsoft Teams.

Students knowledge retention at KS4 is based on their practical skills as it these they will have to demonstrate in their external controlled assessment. Students are frequently require to draw upon and develop their skill set. As far as work outside of the classroom is concerned students are encouraged to research and develop their skills by working on their internal controlled assessment tasks independently.

 In ICT at KS4 students will be offered the chance to learn and develop skills in the highly desirable areas of website design and interactive App design. The course is Level 2 NCFE in Interactive Media and within this course students will cover 4 main areas of study: 

  1. Theory of Web Design and Application Design 
  1. Planning a Web/App design project 
  1. Designing and creating a website or App 
  1. Presenting their finished product 

All of these areas are equally weighted and are graded internally on a Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction* basis. At the end of these units students will sit a 15 hour controlled assessment spread over a number of weeks to affirm what they have learned throughout the course. 

Students will learn and develop skills in software such as:  

  • Image editing software (Adobe Photoshop) 
  • Animation Software (Adobe Illustrator) 
  • Graphics Software (Adobe Fireworks) 
  • Web Design Software (Adobe Dreamweaver) 

Using their understanding of these software packages and HTML coding students will create their own interactive website or App for a given brief.  

KS3/4 Curriculum Map

ict pupil pathway.pdf

 

Curriculum in Year 7

In the Digital Safeguarding topic students are taught to understand how to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely whilst recognising how to report any inappropriate content they come across. In the Digital Creative Project students undertake a creative task that involves them selecting, using and combining multiple applications to meet the requirements of a given brief. Students are also introduced to Business Studies in year 7 where they are encouraged to create, revise and repurpose digital artefacts with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability. In the Computer programming unit students are taught to identify and understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems and understand how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system. In the Digital Showcase Project students will develop their web design skills whilst showcasing the learning they undertaken throughout the year.

 

Rationale

The reasons behind this particular scheme of work is that it gives students a broad range of understanding into the various subjects covered by the ICT faculty. They will learn and develop fundamental ICT, graphic design, web development and computing skills as well as gaining an understanding of other subjects that they may choose to opt for at KS4

 

How we assess:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Overview  7.1 & 7.2 7.4 & 7.4 7.1-7.5
Content Online Test Project Assessment Written Assessment

 

How can parents help?

  • Where possible if students could have access to software packages such as MS Office Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Fireworks at home this would enable students build up their skills and their confidence in the use of these applications

 

Curriculum in Year 8

In the Image editing unit students undertake a range of creative tasks developing an understanding of different tool s and techniques to meet the needs of a particular brief. Students then move on to a digital creative project where they use a combination of office based software applications and adobe software to create meet the requirements of a brief. In the Social Media project students are tasked with combining their understanding of all the application software they have used to create an interactive website. Finally students will carry out a controlled assessment task whereby they create a range of interactive elements using different applications to showcase a particular event or festival.

 

Rationale

Students in year 8, whilst learning to fundamental concepts of office based applications, will develop a deeper understanding of the more creative digital applications. This will prepare them for the Digital creative theory based SOW in Year 9 but will also equip them with the relevant understanding to complete the course requirements at KS4.

 

How we assess:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Overview  8.1 & 8.2 8.1 - 8.2 8.3
Content Project Assessment Formal Written Assessment Controlled Assessment

 

How can parents help?

  • Where possible if students could have access to software packages such as MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Fireworks at home this would enable students build up their skills and their confidence in the use of these applications

 

Curriculum in Year 9

This revised scheme of work is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the general aspects of ICT. Students will be introduced to a range of different software applications that they will be required to explore in greater depth as they progress through the bands, such as Adobe Photoshop, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, including basic use of Microsoft Office applications. The SOW is designed to encourage students to identify the different applications they can use to find information, develop ideas, communicate their ideas and evaluate their findings. The fundamental principle of the SOW is to encourage students to approach problems with confidence and develop the necessary skills to solve them. Where possible the scheme has been tailored to include relevant and current examples and topics.

 

Rationale

The principal element to the scheme is to provide students with a range of technological and analytical skills which allow them to design create and use ICT software effectively in a wide range of scenarios and purposes. The units of work provide a foundation of understanding in areas including Web Design, Image editing, Graphic Design and Interactive Media and will provide students with skills for future use in a range of different career paths.

 

How we assess:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Overview  Interactive Media  Adobe Editing Software Hardware and Software
Content Controlled Assessment Controlled Assessment Controlled Assessment

How can parents help?

  • Where possible if students could have access to software packages such as MS Office Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Fireworks at home this would enable students build up their skills and their confidence in the use of these applications

 

Curriculum in Year 10 & Year 11

NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Interactive Media (603/0852/7)

Interactive media is the integration of digital media including combinations of electronic text, graphics, moving images, and sound, into a structured digital computerised environment that allows people to interact with the data for appropriate purposes.

The qualification focuses on an applied study of the Interactive Media sector and learners will gain a broad understanding and knowledge of working in the sector. This qualification has been designed to sit alongside the requirements of core GCSE subjects and is appropriate for learners who are motivated and challenged by learning through hands-on experiences and through content which is concrete and related directly to those experiences

 

Rationale

Learners will develop skills and knowledge:  in using digital technology safely and competently when responding to a design brief; when experimenting with materials and techniques; in adapting their own ideas and responding to feedback; in evaluating their own work; in literacy, numeracy and ICT.

The course aims to develop skills that are essential for the modern workplace, such as team working; presentation skills; independent working; working to deadlines; efficient use of resources.

 

 How we assess:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Overview  NCFE Unit 2 NCFE Unit 3 NCFE Unit 4
Content Controlled Assessment Controlled Assessment Controlled Assessment

 

How can parents help?

  • Where possible if students could have access to software packages such as MS Office Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Fireworks at home this would enable students build up their skills and their confidence in the use of these applications.