The work pupils complete in ICT is designed to develop a range of skills that they will require throughout school and beyond. As well as specific skills to ICT they will use skills that are common to all subjects including literacy and numeracy skills.
During the year pupils will be asked to think about the skills they use and how these could be developed further. Pupils will assess both their own and peer’s performance suggesting targets for improvement.
Year 7 pupils develop their ICT skills through the LINKS programme. During the year pupils will develop their Communication skills by designing and creating a GLOGSTER. Pupils will also be introduced to Computer Science where they will learn what an algorithm is, develop their sequencing skills and design and create their very own computer game.
Information about the LINKS programme
LINKS is designed to encourage and reward effort and resilience in the application of key skills. Assessment takes place in the form of comprehension which in turn helps to inform our interventions. LINKS will make a significant contribution to our pupils achievement in the National Literacy and Numeracy tests in May/June and results will be reported to parents in July. The Year 7 written reports in June will also feature LINKS where staff will give a National Curriculum level for ICT and comment in detail about particular Literacy/Numeracy strengths and areas for development.
Topic 1: Digital Citizenship
Pupils will explore the safety issues related to the use of technology. They will express opinions of the issues raised by the use of ICT and understand the dangers associated with the misuse of the Internet and related technologies.
Topic 2: Modelling
Pupils will develop their modelling skills using Microsoft Excel 2013. Pupils will plan, design and create a spread sheet model to investigate a problem. Pupils will implement their design using both basic and complex formulae to calculate. They will create a model that includes absolute cell references to investigate the effect of changing data, they will format their model and review and make improvements to their model justifying any changes they have made.
Topic 3: Web Development
Pupils will research and gather information on a controversial topic of their choice. This topic introduces pupils to HTML; pupils will learn how to develop a web page using HTML tags. Pupils will create formatted web pages that includes both information, images, links and a navigation bar.
Topic 1: E-safety
Pupils will continue to develop their knowledge on the safety issues related to the use of technology. They will express opinions of the issues raised by the use of ICT and understands the dangers associated with the misuse of the Internet and related technologies
Topic 2: Computer Science and Python Programming
Pupils will learn how to develop programs and solutions using computer programming. Pupils will gain an understanding of the Python programming language. Through a series of lessons they will be introduced to the basic Python syntax and look at selection, loops, functions, lists and classes. They use skills developed in their mathematics lessons to design and implement illustrations.
Topic 3: Microsoft Academy
Pupils will complete a course using Microsoft Office 2013. The aim of this project is to improve pupils’ ICT skills. Pupils will be given an individual log in and will be independently working through a series of training sessions and tests. This project thoroughly supports independent learning. At the end of the project there will be an external final assessment where pupils will receive a certificate.
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