Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 students are taught ICT on a subject basis which, since 2010, comprises the equivalent of one 80 minute lesson per week for two terms of the three term year. The time allocation rotating with History and Geography, through which ICT skills are further developed as these subjects are also taught in the ICT suite.
At KS3 emphasis is placed on developing good keyboard and file handling skills to provide a firm foundation for subsequent work not just in ICT but to support work across the curriculum
Students are also introduced to a range of ICT applications and they develop the skills required to make use of these applications in other curriculum areas. Familiarity with a range of peripherals is also developed and as a consequence the students’ knowledge of computer terminology is developed and enhanced.
The use of ICT for control and simulation is explored through the use of Crystal Rainforest and other simulation packages.
Students are made aware of e-Safety issues and encouraged to develop strategies for ensuring the safeguarding of personal information and the maintenance of personal safety whilst using digital communications. The ICT Coordinator has undergone CEOPS e-safety training.
Key Stage 4
Work at Key Stage 4 builds on that undertaken at Key Stage 3 with students enhancing skills and familiarity with key application programs. Until 2011 students worked towards the completion of the OCR Entry Level Certificate in ICT. This is now in the process of being replaced by the the Open Awards Scheme which will acredit progress in key ICT skills
At KS4 ICT is also used to support work experience placement, careers studies in addition to all curriculum areas. It is an aim that by the end of KS4 as many students as possible should autonomous users of ICT.
ICT is not taught as a discreet subject. However, all students use ICT as an integral component to their study programme.