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Year 7 Curriculum Outline

Lessons per week: 1

Using the Internet

Students will explore the internet as a source of information and learn how to use the internet safely.

Computer Imaging

Students will learn to manipulate images using a wide range of tools and skills using Photoshop.

Presentation Software

Students will use ICT to plan and create presentations

Using Spreadsheets

Students will use spreadsheets to model simple situations. They will use basic spreadsheet functions to construct, explore and amend simple models..

Data Handling

Students will use a database application to create and query simple databases.

Control

Students will learn how to write simple procedures and to use software to control an onscreen “turtle”.

Year 8 Curriculum Outline

Lessons per week: 1

Using the Internet

Students will use the internet as a research tool and will learn how to make advanced searches.

Creating images using graphics software and morphing

Students will use graphics software to create images by applying a variety of techniques.

Publishing on the Web

Project work: Students will design and create a Website aimed at year 8 students. Students will explore the use of images, text, colour and layout to enhance their websites. They will learn how to match the design of their Website to a given audience and purpose.

Using Spreadsheets

Students will use spreadsheets to model situations. They will use spreadsheet functions to construct, explore and amend models and use graphs and tables in order to present their findings effectively.

Data Handling

Students will consider how to design appropriate data capture forms. They will use a database to investigate their findings.

Control

Students will learn how to build programs using simple procedures, to control real and virtual environments.

Programming real-world applications

Students will use MIT’s app inventor to build apps for mobile devices.

Year 9 Curriculum Outline

Lessons per week: 1

Graphics

Students will use graphics software to create simple animations.

Programming

Students will learn how to program using a Visual Basic.

Using Spreadsheets

Students will use the more advanced features of a spreadsheet, including using nested if functions and lookup tables to model situations. Students will learn how to “Mail Merge” from spreadsheets to documents.

Data Handling

Students will use the more advanced features of a database including, reports, forms   and multiple tables.

Online Application Forms

Students will create online PDF forms. Using these forms they will collect and prepare data for importing into a database.

 

Years 10 and 11

Cambridge IGCSE

ICT in years 10 and 11 is offered as an option, students follow the Cambridge IGCSE Informational Technology Course.

The Information Communication Technology syllabus combines theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability to use common software applications, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, e-mail, web browsers and website design. Students will develop a greater awareness of how applications are used in the workplace, and consider the impact of new technologies on methods of working and on social, economic, ethical and moral issues. The skills learnt will be useful to them in their work across the curriculum, and will prepare them for future employment. Assessment of the practical tests is hardware and software independent. Any hardware platform, operating system, and applications packages can be used, providing that students have the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of skills in the syllabus

 

Years 12

Cambridge A level Information Technology

About the syllabus

In a world where information technology (IT) is constantly changing, individuals increasingly need technological and information literacy skills that include the ability to gather, process and manipulate data.The impact of IT on society is enormous and as the percentage of businesses and households connected to communication networks such as the internet grows, so does the need for individuals who understand these new technologies.

This syllabus encourages learners to become effective and discerning users of IT. It helps them to develop a broad range of IT skills, knowledge and understanding. Learners study the structure and use of IT systems within a wide range of organisations, including the use of a variety of computer networks. As a result, learners gain an understanding of IT system life cycles, and how these affect the workplace. They also learn about the wider impact of IT on society in general. At A Level, learners also study simple programming for the web relevant to their own use of IT.

Key concepts

Impact of Information Technology

Information Technology (IT) is the application of technology to process information. The impact of IT on all aspects of everyday life is immense. The enormity of the impact can be seen in industry and commerce, transport, leisure, medicine and the home. The impact on the work force is a very important factor to consider and communications using new technologies have made the World seem smaller.

Hardware and software

Many hardware components and software applications are used in IT systems. It is important to understand how these work, and how they interact with each other and within our environment.

Network

Computer systems can be connected together to form networks allowing them to share resources.

The internet

The internet is a global communications network that allows computers worldwide to connect and share information in many different forms. Examples include email, web pages, and audio and video files. The impact of the internet on our lives is profound. While it provides huge benefits to society, security of data is an issue, both in the work place and for personal data.

System life cycle

Information systems are developed within a planned continuous cycle that covers the initial development of the system through to its scheduled updating or redevelopment. Each phase of development is organised into separate stages.

New technologies

As the information industry changes so rapidly, it is important to keep track of new and emerging technologies and consider how they might affect everyday life.

Year 13

Cambridge A Level Applied ICT

This syllabus encourages students to become effective and discerning users of ICT. It helps them to develop a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding. Students gain an understanding of the structure and use of ICT systems within a wide range of organisations, including the use of a variety of computer networks. As a result, students learn about ICT system life cycles, and how these affect the workplace. They also gain an understanding of the wider impact of ICT on society in general.

Aims

The aims are to encourage candidates to:

  • develop a broad range of ICT skills and be aware of new and emerging technologies;
  • develop an understanding of the parts, uses and applications of ICT systems within a range of organisations, including the use of basic computer networks;
  • develop an understanding of how ICT systems affect society in general;
  • develop an understanding of the main systems life cycle and apply this understanding to workplace situations;
  • develop a broad knowledge of the uses of ICT in workplace situations; candidates can then progress to learn more in ICT-related fields, and can progress from Cambridge International AS to A Level.

What Topics does the course cover?

  • the functions and uses of the main hardware and software components of ICT systems, including portable communication systems;
  • the ways in which organisations use ICT;
  • the impact on society of the use of ICT in the home;
  • the stages of the systems life cycle and the methods used within each of these stages;
  • ICT and computing terminology.
  • the ways in which a wide range of organisations use ICT;
  • the impact on society of the use of a wide range of online applications;
  • the networking of information-processing systems and the use of online services.
  • select the right software for the task;
  • communicate effectively with other ICT users using email and search for appropriate information using the internet;
  • prepare, create, amend and edit documents and interactive presentations;
  • create both flat-file and relational database structures, add data, check the data entry, perform searches, reorganise data by sorting and present calculated values based on the data;
  • create graphs and charts;
  • integrate data from several sources;
  • output data in different forms;
  • create and test a data model using a spreadsheet, extract and summarise data in a variety of forms.
  • create a mail merged document using a word processor and data handling package;
  • create an automated procedure which enables a user to select both the required document and the data
  • to merge it with;
  • output data in different forms.


 

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