All students begin their ICT & Computing course by consolidating skills gained from KS2. Skills and knowledge is then developed throughout each year to enable students to reach a suitable level with the necessary qualifications they need to enter the real world of work or further education. The digital sector is a major source of employment in the UK. 1.46 million people work in digital companies and there are around 45,000 digital jobs advertised at any one time. Digital skills span all industries; almost all jobs in the UK today require employees to have a good level of digital literacy. The UK has positioned itself to be the ‘digital capital of Europe’ as it continues to invest billions every year in digital skills and commerce. Computing ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, students are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that students become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. The ICT & Computing Department helps learners develop knowledge and technical skills through studying the knowledge, understanding and skills related to data management, data interpretation, data presentation and data protection.
To ensure that students:
- are competent to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
- develop skills that prove their aptitude in digital information technology, such as project planning, designing and creating user interfaces, creating dashboards to present and interpret data
- students encounter processes that underpin effective ways of working, such as project planning, the iterative design process, cyber security, virtual teams, legal and ethical codes of conduct
- access the knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector, such as how different user interfaces meet user needs, how organisations collect and use data to make decisions, virtual workplaces, cyber security and legal and ethical issues.
- Curriculum is structured to allow students to see, understand, revisit and explore the underpinning ideas from the subject.
- The curriculum is further built around a process of interweaving topics and self-testing and re-testing to aid the development of long term memory and mastery of both the skills and the knowledge required
- We ensure we consistently follow our ARR handbook by testing through two frequent processes: formative and summative. Students will complete low stake and high stake tests to ensure knowledge of key concepts are being embedded and fully understood. DIRT time will be allocated to allow students to be able to reflect on PEN comments and work on their areas of weakness.
The key areas will be assessed through the following Assessment Objectives:
AO1 Demonstrate knowledge of facts, terms, processes and issues in relation to digital information technology
AO2 Apply an understanding of facts, terms, processes and issues in relation to digital information technology
AO3 Analyse, evaluate and make reasoned judgements about the use, factors and implications influencing digital information technology
AO4 Make connections with the concepts, issues, terms and processes in digital information technology
St Aidan’s Catholic Academy considers the greatest impact of the curriculum to be high rates of student progress:
- the development of capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology
- development and application of analytic, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills
- a deep understanding how changes in technology affect safety, including new ways to protect their online privacy and identity, and how to identify and report a range of concerns.
- A sufficient depth of knowledge to progress to higher levels of study or a professional career.