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Middlewich High School

Achievement for all

ICT

"The future is ICT."

intent

Our intent is for students to have a deeper understanding how ICT is used in our everyday lives. Students gain knowledge in a number of key areas in the media field, from pre-production skills to digital animation. Using scenarios taken from industry Students will experience a hands-on approach to learning, to allow students to experience ICT in the real world.

As a core subject, all students will study the Cambridge National in Creative iMedia, therefore preparing ours students for life in the digital economy. The main intention is to provide opportunities to develop useful transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively.

https://alldigitalweek.eu/ict-jobs/ Estimate that there will be 913,000 unfilled ICT jobs by 2020. Technology moves forward very quickly with new job roles being invented all the time. Remember mobile phone APPS were first launched in 2008 creating a completely new digital employment sector. Can you imagine a life without: mobile banking, email or even CandyCrush. We want to prepare our students for the future. Therefore having all students achieving a qualification in ICT is intended to provide students with essential digital literacy skills so that they can move forward with technology and take their place in society.

DEPARTMENT AIMS

  • To develop essential ICT skills needed in future life.

  • To create a safe and purposeful environment.

  • To deliver a diverse and exciting curriculum.

  • To develop skills using a variety of software.

  • To ensure all pupils make progress.

KEY STAGE 3

Students will follow a standalone ICT curriculum that works alongside the Computer Science curriculum but has a very clear distinction between the two. This helps students to identify the difference between ICT and Computer Science with regards to future employment opportunities.

Y7 Topics Include:

Y8 Topics included:

Y9 topics include:

Digital Organisation skills Folders etc

Internet search safety and advanced search

Word processing skills

Presentation Skills

Online Banking safety 

Spreadsheet skills

Database Skills

Digital graphics

Preparing products for print and the wed

Creating a print document using publisher

Understanding a client brief

 

Creating a product that meets requirements

 

Digital sound creation skills

 

Designing a game concept

 

KEY STAGE 4

At Key Stage 4 students have one ICT lesson per week.

Cambridge Nationals I-Media  GCSE

This is a qualification for creative students with a passion for digital applications. It aims to empower students to play an active role in the digital sector rather than being simply consumers of digital content. It is tailor made to meet the needs of today’s creative industries, the qualification covers imaging, creative multimedia, website development and computer game production.

  • I-Media promotes the creative use of digital applications, enabling students to make the leap from passive consumers to active digital producers of digital content.

Assessment

25% external examination. This takes form of a practical computer-based website development task.

75% coursework to be completed in school in a series of three projects (Graphics, Animation and Website), each project is a ten hour exam-set practical task worth 25%.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

  • Robotics/Weather Balloon club which allows students to program Raspberry Pi’s in python, Arduinos, build electrical/computer circuits, and be part of a project that will launch a weather balloon with camera and tracker, and a second project that will launch a payload on an Arianna rocket into space!
  • 24-hour access to the school VLE and website.

OTHER DEPARTMENTAL INFORMATION

Our results at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are consistently high:

Key Stage 3

Level 5+ 93%

Level 6+ 75%

Level 7+ 35%

Key Stage 4

A* - C 99%

A* - A 33%