|Mr R Davies – Head of Department|
In Year 7 ICT is taught as part of the Integrated Curriculum and then in Year 8 pupils are taught in dedicated ICT classes.
At Key Stage 3, learners follow a scheme of work in ICT which incorporates communicating information, data handling, data modelling and sharing and exchanging information. Learners are encouraged to describe how they are using ICT and how it can be used safely, they are expected to produce an interactive PowerPoint presentation that describes four dangers of E-Safety and how they can best solve these dangers. They are also expected to fully evaluate their work and work of their peers and to produce an interactive movie that describes four dangers of E-Safety and how they can best solve these dangers.
Learners are encouraged to describe & create a spreadsheet to store information on costing for a school trip of their choice, they must show 4 different venues e.g. Oakwood Park, Swansea LC2, etc. They must show mileage, cost of petrol entrance costs. They create an appropriate graph for each element. Learners create advanced formulae and functions as well as sort and filters and are expected to find the most cost effective trip based on their research and findings.
Learners are also encouraged to describe & create a spreadsheet to store information on costing for a school tuck-shop. They attempt to find the optimum price for each item on sale. They also create an appropriate graph for each element. Learners create advanced formulae and functions such as macros, IF statements, linked sheets as well as sort and filters.
At GCSE, the WJEC specification for ICT is followed which incorporates communicating information, data handling, data modelling and sharing and exchanging information, as well as a significant theory element.
The knowledge gained at Key Stage 3 is developed and the following topics are studied:
- Become an independent and discerning user of ICT
- Implications of ICT for individuals, organisations and society
- Creative and technical skills
- Knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts
- ICT-based solutions to solve problems
- Current/emerging technologies and their social and commercial impact
- Legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT
- Recognising potential risks when using ICT
- Safe, secure and responsible practice when using ICT
- Developing skills to work collaboratively
- Evaluating ICT-based solutions
- Using digital tools and applications