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Information Technology

Year 7

All Year 7 pupils have one hour of ICT per week. Over the course of the year we complete different units that cover different strands of the IT and Computing curriculum.

The three strands are explained in more detail below:

Computer Science is the study of the foundational principles and practices of computation and computational thinking, and their application in the design and development of computer systems.

Information Technology deals with the creative and productive use and application of computer systems, especially in organisations, including considerations of e-safety, privacy, ethics, and intellectual property.

Digital literacy is the ability to use computer systems confidently and effectively.

We cover units such as:

• Website creation
• Programming
• Computer Graphics
• Spreadsheet
• File management
• Presentation software
• Computer systems

All pupils will have the opportunity to do some programming using Scratch in Year 7. The new curriculum ensures that learners will know how computers and computer systems work, how they are designed and programmed as well as them making the best use of IT.

Computer rooms are open for students to use outside of lesson time. See ICT teachers and LRC timetable for more details.

SEND support in Year 7 is coordinated by school SENCO, Miss J Tandy. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.

Year 8

All Year 8 pupils have one hour of ICT per week. Over the course of the year we complete different units that cover different strands of the IT and Computing curriculum. We use this year to further develop some of the skills learnt in Year 7.

We cover units such as:

• Office Software overview
• Programming (Scratch and Python)
• Computer Systems
• Marketing
• Web Creation and graphics

All pupils will have the opportunity to do some programming using Python in Year 8.

Computer rooms are open for students to use outside of lesson time. See ICT teachers and LRC timetable for more details.

SEND support in Year 8 is coordinated by school SENCO, Miss J Tandy. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.

Year 9

Students will complete a number of projects using different software packages whilst developing their independent ICT skills.

Topics include:

• Digital literacy
• Web development
• E-Safety
• Creating digital products
• Entrepreneurship

To ensure success in ICT students will be completing products to a brief including planning, creating, justifying and evaluating their work.

Computer rooms are open for students to use outside of lesson time. See ICT teachers and LRC timetable for more details.

SEND support in Year 9 is coordinated by school SENCO, Miss J Tandy. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.

Year 10

Year 10 students are completing the new BTEC qualification in Digital Information Technology. The course is made up of three components: two that are internally assessed and one that’s externally assessed.

Component 1: Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques (Internal - 30%)

Component 2: Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data (Internal - 30%)

Component 3: Effective Digital Working Practices (External - 40%)

The internal components will be completed during Y10 with students ready to start exam preparation in Y11.

Computer rooms are open for students to use outside of lesson time. See ICT teachers and LRC timetable for more details.

SEND support in Year 10 is coordinated by school SENCO, Miss J Tandy. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.

Year 11

Year 11 ICT students are completing the second year of the Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA) qualification. Pupils have completed the external assessment worth 25% of their overall grade and for the remainder of their ICT lessons will be completing Unit 3 coursework.

Unit 3 aims to give students the skills to use the tools and techniques provided by artwork and imaging software to design and create effective graphic products for specified purposes and audiences. To complete this successfully they must demonstrate their ability to create effective images and graphic products through their work on a major project set by Pearson. This will include exhibiting their work and supporting evidence in an e-portfolio.

Students are working to a food festival brief and will be completing the following graphic products:

• street banner to go across the entrance to the festival
• blimp to advertise the festival
• programme to be issued to festival goers
• market stall
• skirt and canopy for the market stall.

Planning, documenting and evaluating the graphic products are essential to success in the qualification.

An overview of the brief can be found here: http://www1.edexcel.org.uk/dida-spb-31-08/sep-2017-f/Unit-3-Artwork-and-imaging/Index.htm

Computer rooms are open for students to use outside of lesson time. See ICT teachers and LRC timetable for more details.

SEND support in Year 11 is coordinated by school SENCO, Miss J Tandy. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.


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St Patrick's RC High School
56 New Lane, Eccles, Manchester M30 7JJ