Welcome to ICT

"I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user."

Bill Gates

The increasing use of computing technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of Information and Computing Technology an essential skill for life. I&CT capability encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. I&CT capability is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society.

I&CT can be used to find, develop, analyse and present information, as well as to model situations and solve problems. At The Long Eaton School, we have developed a curriculum that enables rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures, and allows students to collaborate and exchange information on a wide scale. Students have the opportunity to follow a programme of study in I&CT that enables them to experience the full range of diverse fields that are open to I&CT practitioners.

Key Stage 3:

Students follow a core programme of study for one hour a week in Years 7 and 8. During this time they gain experience of completing a range of projects around a variety of contexts.

Year 7

  • Introduction to the Network and Formatting
  • Being Safe Online
  • The Algorithms of Shape
  • Binary Maths
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Computing in the World
  • The Size of Files
  • The Design of a Digital Device

Year 8

  • Using Logic
  • Cyber Security
  • Personal Networks
  • Programming a Calculator
  • Making Data Work
  • Sorting and Searching
  • Programming the grade converter
  • Encryption

Key Stage 4:

All students will build on their work in Years 7 and 8 to prepare themselves for their option choices for Years 9, 10 and 11. In KS4, students can choose either an academic route or a vocational route. Students wishing a more academic route can choose GCSE computing, where they will explore the architecture of computing systems in detail. They will learn about how components in a computer will work and interact. They will also learn how to start creating their own programs in languages such as Python.

An alternative route to this is the vocational course in ICT. This course is more suited to students who prefer a continual assessment type of course. The units that are covered in this course focus on the more creative elements of I&CT such as graphic design, animation and web design. Whilst the majority of this course is assessed with coursework, the student will still sit one computer based exam at the end of the course about the application of I&CT in today’s world.

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