Head of Faculty

Mrs A Casey - acasey@ndonline.org

Aims

The ICT Department aim to equip students with the digital skills needed to succeed in school, further education and life. The department is aware of how our subject leads itself to develop all areas of the curriculum. With this in mind we encourage our students to transfer their skills and knowledge into all areas of school.

Our aims:

  • To provide a safe, enjoyable and positive learning atmosphere, that motivates and enthuses students to achieve their full potential
  • To develop students digital literacy skills (office applications) and enable them to apply this knowledge to all subjects
  • To develop students’ ability to handle data using ICT tools, giving them a solid grounding for a future career
  • To develop students’ knowledge with programming and web site coding, giving them a solid grounding for a future career
  • To develop students’ design and publication skills, giving them the skills to produce effective and professional digital graphics
  • To develop students’ independent learning skills, using ICT to make them more efficient
  • Our key aim is to make our students aware of how ICT is all around them, that ICT is at the core of all employment paths and can have a big impact on enabling them to be successful in life

 

Curriculum

The ICT Curriculum is split into three strands:

  • Publication Design
  • Data Handling
  • Computer Science

ICT follow a spiral curriculum. This means each topic area will be revisited at least once a year. This allows the students to act upon previously received feedback and improve their grade for that area. Students will complete one unit per term.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Introduction to ICT at ND & Internet Safety: Dongle (Publication Design)
  • PC Logo (Computer Science)
  • Modelling: Water (Data Handling)
  • Where we come from poster – an introduction to Photoshop (Publication Design)
  • Database: Leaf (Data Handling)

 

Year 8

  • Internet Safety: Cyber-bullying (Publication Design)
  • Database: Music (Data Handling)
  • Scratch (Computer Science)
  • Horror Movie Trailer (Publication Design)
  • Horror Movie Trailer CD Cover (Publication Design)
  • Modelling: Harry Plotter (Data Handling)

 

Year 9

  • Internet Safety: ‘Matt thought he knew’ (Publication Design)
  • Database: Fruit (Data Handling)
  • Corporate image and Star Struck Band appearance (Publication Design)
  • Modelling: Star Struck (Data Handling)
  • Star Struck Music Video (Publication Design)
  • Star Struck band website (Computer Science)

 

Key Stage 4

For the academic year 2012-13 students will study the DiDA course from Edexcel. This is coursework based and involves students creating an electronic portfolio to showcase their work. This  includes data handling tasks with spreadhseets and databases. Students also have to create a range of different digital publications.

Key Stage 5

Students study a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in IT. This is coursework based. For the subsidiary diploma (equivalent to 1 A Level) students complete 6 units, including 2 compulsory ones.

 

Assessment

Assessment occurs on a termly basis, using 1 of 3 assessment criteria, one for each strand of the curriculum. The assessment will normally involve assessing the outcome produced by the student and their written evidence/evaluation document. All assessment grades and feedback are recorded in students’ planners with a student reflection completed in the work book. The assessment criteria for each strand are displayed in both classrooms and shared with the students via My Big Campus. Students are also given the criteria as part of the assessment feedback.