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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

 

Year 7 (ICDL) 

Curriculum Intention:

  • So that students can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computing
  • To allow students the exposure to analyse problems in computational terms
  • To have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve any problems
  • To ensure they are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of ICT
  • Prepares students looking to take GCSE Computer Science, where the skills developed will be:
  • Their knowledge of computer science, digital media and information technology
  • To apply their analytic, problemsolving, design, and computational thinking skills
  • To understand how changes in technology affect safety

 

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

 

Binary and Data Representation

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

 

ICDL Presentations

Computer Systems & Storage

20th April – 18th May

 

Presentations Revision & Exam

Scratch

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

 

Binary and Data Representation

24th Feb – 30th March

 

ICDL Presentations

Computer Systems & Storage

1st June – 13th July

 

Presentations Revision & Exam

Scratch

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

  • Pupils should be able to use computational thinking and creativity.
  • Pupils could make links with mathematics, science, and design.
  • An understanding of how digital systems work.
  • Should be equipped to use IT to create programs, systems and content.
  • Students must be more digitally literate for their futures

 

How will students make progress?

  • Through practice tasks in lessons  
  • Through homework completed (all digitally)
  • Through class based discussions and AFL in lessons
  • Through improved student data / marks
  • From Diagnostic Tests results (allowing students to go through the testing environment in the same setting as the certification test)
  • Students will be advised to have a passing rate of 80%+ for the diagnostic test before being encouraged to sit for the actual ICDL certification test

Employability skills:

The following skills are acquired and practiced throughout: Evaluate information and changes in technology; Interpret, use and evaluate data; Be effective communicators; Understand the principles, concepts and techniques associated with the technology of computers and digital communication systems; identify and handle ethical, and social issues in relation to ICT;

Manage time; Learn independence.

 

Year 8 (ICDL) 

Curriculum Intention:

  • So that students can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computing
  • To allow students the exposure to analyse problems in computational terms
  • To have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve any problems
  • To ensure they are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of ICT

link to next steps

  • Prepares students looking to take GCSE Computer Science, where the skills developed will be:
  • Their knowledge of computer science, digital media and information technology
  • To apply their analytic, problemsolving, design, and computational thinking skills
  • To understand how changes in technology affect safety

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

ICDL Word Processing Revision Exam

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

ICDL Presentations

Computer Systems & Storage

20th April – 18th May

Microbits

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

ICDL Presentations

Computer Systems & Storage

24th Feb – 30th March

ICDL Presentations

Computer Systems & Storage

1st June – 13th July

E Safety

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

  • Pupils should be able to use computational thinking and creativity.
  • Pupils could make links with mathematics, science, and design.
  • An understanding of how digital systems work.
  • Should be equipped to use IT to create programs, systems and content.
  • Students must be more digitally literate for their futures

Students make progress?

  • Through practice tasks in lessons  
  • Through homework completed (all digitally)
  • Through class based discussions and AFL in lessons
  • Through improved student data / marks
  • From Diagnostic Tests results (allowing students to go through the testing environment in the same setting as the certification test)
  • Students will be advised to have a passing rate of 80%+ for the diagnostic test before being encouraged to sit for the actual ICDL certification test

Employability skills

The following skills are acquired and practiced throughout: Evaluate information and changes in technology; Interpret, use and evaluate data; Be effective communicators; Understand the principles, concepts and techniques associated with the technology of computers and digital communication systems; identify and handle ethical, and social issues in relation to ICT; Manage time; Learn independence.

Year 9 (ICDL) 

Curriculum Intention:

  • To ensure students have the best possible chance at passing all the modules
  • To allow students the opportunity for increased practice
  • To ensure students have high standards and are aiming for 100% pass on all modules studied

Link to next steps

  • Students can go onto complete Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) at another institution or move onto the BTEC Level 3 National Extended certificate in Information Technology offered in school.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

ICDL Word Processing Revision Exam

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

ICDL Presentations

Computer Systems & Storage

20th April – 18th May

Microbits

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

ICDL Presentations

Computer Systems & Storage

24th Feb – 30th March

ICDL Presentations

Computer Systems & Storage

1st June – 13th July

E Safety

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

  • Skills and concepts relating to the use of devices, file creation and management, networks and data security.
  • Skills and concepts relating to web browsing, effective information search, online communication and email.
  • Skills to accomplish everyday tasks associated with creating, formatting and finishing word processing documents
  • Skills to perform tasks associated with developing, formatting, modifying and using a spreadsheet, to use standard formulas and functions, and to competently create and format graphs or charts.

Students make progress

  • From Diagnostic Tests results (allowing students to go through the testing environment in the same setting as the certification test)
  • Students will be advised to have a passing rate of 80%+ for the diagnostic test before being encouraged to sit for the actual ICDL certification test

Employability skills:

The following skills are acquired and practiced throughout: High levels of proficiency in word processing; spreadsheet software; presentation software; databases; improving productivity using IT; project management; independence and time management. 

 

 

Year 10 (ICDL) 

Curriculum Intention:

  • To ensure students have the best possible chance at passing all the modules
  • To allow students the opportunity for increased practice
  • To ensure students have high standards and are aiming for 100% pass on all modules studied

 

Next Steps

  • Students can go onto complete Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) at another institution or move onto the BTEC Level 3 National Extended certificate in Information Technology offered in school.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

ICDL Presentations

Computer Systems & Storage

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

ICDL Spreadsheets

 

20th April – 18th May

ICDL Improving Productivity

 

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

ICDL Presentations

Computer Systems & Storage

24th Feb – 30th March

ICDL Spreadsheets

 

1st June – 13th July

ICDL Improving Productivity

 

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

 

  • Skills and concepts relating to the use of devices, file creation and management, networks and data security.
  • Skills and concepts relating to web browsing, effective information search, online communication and email.
  • Skills to accomplish everyday tasks associated with creating, formatting and finishing word processing documents
  • Skills to perform tasks associated with developing, formatting, modifying and using a spreadsheet, to use standard formulas and functions, and to competently create and format graphs or charts.

Students make progress

  • From Diagnostic Tests results (allowing students to go through the testing environment in the same setting as the certification test)
  • Students will be advised to have a passing rate of 80%+ for the diagnostic test before being encouraged to sit for the actual ICDL certification test

 

Employability skills:

 

The following skills are acquired and practiced throughout: High levels of proficiency in word processing; spreadsheet software; presentation software; databases; improving productivity using IT; project management; independence and time management. 

 

Year 11  

 

Year 12 (BTEC) 

Curriculum Intention:

  • To ensure full curriculum delivery
  • To ensure students meet their coursework deadlines
  • To ensure students are prepared fully for their external exams

Next Steps

  • Provide key skills necessary for progress onto IT based degrees
  • To support students choices with their careers
  • To ensure students have the capacity to understand the role of the IT in their wider contexts

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Unit 3: Social media platforms

Types of audiences; How businesses use social media to promote their business

Unit 2: Relational database management systems; Manipulating data structures and data in relational databases

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Unit 3: Using social media in a business to meet requirements

Unit 2: Producing a database solution

Testing and refining the database solution

 

20th April – 18th May

Unit 1: Learning Aim A - Digital devices in IT systems; Learning Aim C - Operating online

 

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Unit 3: Completion of Unit 3 Assignment 1

Unit 2: Normalisation; Relational database design; Design documentation

24th Feb – 30th March

Unit 3: Completion of Unit 3 Assignment 1

Unit 2: Database design evaluation; Evaluation of database testing; Evaluation of the database

1st June – 13th July
Unit 1: Learning Aim A - Digital devices in IT systems; Learning Aim C - Operating online

 

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:  

  • Through Internal assessments for Unit 5 Data Modelling; Unit 3 Using Social Media in Business
  • Through External assessments for Unit 1 Information Technology Systems and Unit 2 Creating Systems to Manage Information.

 

Students make progress:

  • Exam question responses
  • Unit 5 Coursework grades

Employability skills:

Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology; intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation; self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

Year 13 (BTEC)
 

Curriculum Intention:

  • To ensure full curriculum delivery
  • To ensure students meet their coursework deadlines
  • To ensure students are prepared fully for their external exams

Next steps

  • Provide key skills necessary for progress onto IT based degrees
  • To support students choices with their careers
  • To ensure students have the capacity to understand the role of the IT in their wider contexts

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Unit 1: Learning Aim A - Digital devices in IT systems;

Learning Aim E - Impact of IT systems

 

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Unit 1: External Exam

Unit 5: Data modelling and the decision-making process; Assignment 1 - Investigate data modelling and how it can be used in the decision-making process

20th April – 18th May

Unit 5: Assignment 2 - Design and create a data model to meet client requirements

 

 

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Unit 1: Learning Aim B - Transmitting data; Learning Aim D - Protecting data and information; Learning Aim F - Issues

24th Feb – 30th March

Unit 5: Data models to meet client requirements; Assignment 2 - Design and create a data model to meet client requirements

 

N/A

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

  • Through Internal assessments for Unit 5 Data Modelling; Unit 3 Using Social Media in Business
  • Through External assessments for Unit 1 Information Technology Systems and Unit 2 Creating Systems to Manage Information.

Students make progress

  • Exam question responses
  • Unit 5 Coursework grades

 

 

Employability skills:

Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology; intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation; self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.