A skill for the ever changing world
ICT is vital as a discrete skill, the learning of which underpins the success of students work in other areas, and enhances the quality of their education. This takes many forms including research, handling data and presentation. It also develops the creative side of a student. 40% of our year 7 students will be working in jobs that have not been invented yet, but our students will have the ICT skills to meet many of the challenges ahead.
Although we follow the National Curriculum in Years 7 and 8, we have stylised it to meet a variety of needs. ICT without real world context is of little use. Addeys has over time always delivered ICT with coursework which reflects real life scenarios. Indeed, all of Year 8 ICT is undertaken within the context of a modern foreign language.
Later on in the school students are invited to bring their own outside interests, in the creation of web products which reflect their own motivations. This way we can guarantee that whilst lessons are being learned, they are also being enjoyed.
Key Stage 3
Students have one hour of ICT per week.
Students begin to understand and use core ICT programs by looking at the needs of a range of users and creating help guides for them. The next key focus in Year 7 is the use of images using a number of different programs and techniques. Not only do students learn a range of skills but they are also introduced to the cultural impact of image manipulation in the mass media. A third project involves students working in groups to plan and develop a game, designing the theme, characters and house style.
Students are assessed at the end of each unit, via combination of teacher and peer assessment
Students have two hours of E Learning (MFL and ICT) per week.
For two hours per week, the Languages and ICT Departments join forces to teach both subjects through a programme of innovative projects designed to develop team-working skills, independent learning, time management, as well as the subject specific content for ICT and French. Among the challenges are the launch of a French-speaking music act onto the market, creating a music video, and a marketing project to promote Deptford and the surrounding area to French-speaking visitors as places to stay, eat and shop during the Olympic Games. Students are assessed on their team performance, as well as on their individual merits.
Students have two hours of ICT per week.
In Year 9 students begin working on GCSE projects, enabling all students to complete one GCSE in Year 10. This is separate to taking ICT as an option in Year 10.
Students are taught how to use Flash, and by the end of the project they will have designed and implemented a Splash Page for the front end of a website, on a subject of their choosing. Students also learn the core ICT business elements, including modelling using spreadsheets, handling using database, presenting using PowerPoint and business documents using Word and Publisher. Students are assessed at the end of each piece of work, against the exam board criteria.
Key stage 4
Studying either the double or single option (4 or 2 GCSEs), students complete units on ICT for Business , Webpage creation, Animations for the world wide web, Graphics for the world wide web, Digital imaging, Sound, Video, Multimedia products.
Students not opting for ICT at GCSE will continue to study ICT for one lesson per week, during which time they will study a unit on ICT for Business, involving databases, spreadsheets and Power Point. In addition, they may study a second unit using Flash software, focusing on web design.