What is ICT important?

ICT is very important to the success of our students in a digital, inter-connected world. ICT is a discrete academic discipline but is also embedded in virtually every area of academic study, since the use of computer technologies, data and digital storytelling have become essential skills. Additionally, computer technology has become an important tool in creative expression, supporting an exponential growth in the ability of artists, including musicians, gamers and filmmakers, to self-publish and to collaborate with people from around the world.

What is the aim of ICT curriculum at Oaklands?

The ICT curriculum at Oaklands aims to ensure that all students can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. Students learn to analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems. Students will evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems. In doing this, students will become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology, enabling them to succeed in the modern world.

How is the curriculum in ICT structured?

At Oaklands School we incorporate Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy as three distinct strands. 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 information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills.

Topics covered in Year 7

  • Using computers safely, effectively and responsibly
  • Introduction to coding through Kodu
  • Game programming in Scratch

Topics covered in Year 8

  • Graphics
  • Understanding Computers
  • Introduction to Python

Topics covered in Year 9

  • Spreadsheet Modelling
  • Python: Next steps

Topics covered in Year 10

Creating a multipage website

  • Understand the properties and features of multipage websites
  • Be able to plan a multipage website
  • Be able to create multipage websites using multimedia components
  • Be able to review a multipage website

Creating interactive multimedia products

  • Understand the uses and properties of interactive multimedia products
  • Be able to plan interactive multimedia products
  • Be able to create interactive multimedia products
  • Be able to review interactive multimedia products

Topics covered in Year 11

Pre-production skills

  • Understand the purpose and content of pre-production
  • Be able to plan pre-production
  • Be able to produce pre-production documents
  • Be able to review pre-production documents

Creating digital graphics

  • Understand the purpose and properties of digital graphics
  • Be able to plan the creation of a digital graphic
  • Be able to create a digital graphic
  • Be able to review a digital graphic

KS4 Qualification title

Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia

KS5 Qualification title

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Information Technology

ICT & Computer Science Curriculum Maps

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