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At Lakeside we focus on enabling students to be confident, creative and productive in their use and understanding of ICT. This includes the mastery of technical skills and techniques as well as understanding how to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and in future employment.

Year 7

In ICT lessons in year 7, students will construct a Data Collection Form to note the results of certain sports/ PE activities that they will go out and record. These will then be inputted into a spreadsheet they have created along with the same results from the rest of their group. These results will then be modelled, analysed and predictions will be made from their work. With the teachers help, the results from the individual classes will then be imported into an overall Database where the findings from the whole year will be validated, queried and reported upon. All findings will then be brought together with a review of the findings into an overall project individual report. During the second part of the year, students will focus more on computing skills and they will use the programming software Scratch to produce a variety of computer games. Each student will then need to choose one game concept and develop and learn how the game is created.

Year 8

In ICT lessons in year 8, students will redesign and build a website for a particular audience, taking account of the users’ particular interests and individual needs. The lessons focus on the knowledge, skills and understanding of refining and presenting information and recognising fitness for purpose. This work will also reflect the processes of the Systems Life Cycle. During the second part of the year, students will further build upon their Computing skills be learning to use a text-based programming language to perform a variety of tasks. This unit will focus on learning how to understand the syntax of the language and develop their problem solving skills and ability to work independently to produce solutions for a variety of tasks.

Key Stage 4

ICT – Ingot ICT GCSE – Level 2 : 100% Exam, Level 1: 100% Controlled Assessment

ICT involves information gathering, presentation and technical processing skills, underpinned by understanding of key concepts related to the nature of information and of technology through communication. It includes, but is much broader than, a set of technical competences in common software applications sometimes referred to as Digital Literacy. In key stage 4, all students in the school are required to take ICT GCSE that provides them with a solid basis of both varied software skills and knowledge of how ICT is used and how it affects society.

Students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move). They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability through completing a Controlled Assessment. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

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