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COMPUTING AND MEDIA DEPARTMENT

Mr G Quinn Lead for Computing, ICT, and Media
Mrs K Clarke Teacher of Computing and ICT / Head of P.E.

INTRODUCTION

Computing is a practical subject, where invention and resourcefulness are encouraged. It has an important role to play in the both the curriculum of Lostock High and in the wider digital world.  It enhances the learning process through an extensive range of activities and provides our students with transferable skills that can be applied across all subject areas. 

The courses in Key Stage 3/4 are delivered using a broad range of applications, which reflect those used in society.  Computing ensures that students become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology. The contexts in which the courses are taught enable our students to apply ICT solutions to real problems and develop their independent skills and working methods.

key sTage three

The main aim of the KS3 course is to ensure that all students receive their full National Curriculum entitlement, and can successfully develop the necessary skills, confidence, and capability to enable them to progress into KS4. Students are taught in mixed ability groups for one 45-minute lesson per week. As the course progresses, students are encouraged to tackle more complex ICT tasks in order to present their own solutions to the problems they are faced with.     

A range of topics – both computational and graphical – are covered across the three years. These include Organisation and e-Safety, Visual Programming, Python Coding, Networking, Advanced Data Representation and Modelling, and Graphic Editing.

key sTage four

In Key Stage 4, students will explore how digital technology impacts individuals, organisations and society through the teaching of the OCR Creative iMedia course.

Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia are media sector-focused, including film, television, web development, gaming and animation, and have IT at their heart.  They provide knowledge in a number of key areas in this field from pre-production skills to digital animation and have a motivating, hands-on approach to learning.  With an exciting choice of optional units for the Certificate, students have the freedom to explore the areas of creative media that interest them.

More information about the current KS4 specification can be found at:
https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/creative-imedia-level-1-2-award-certificate-j807-j817/

Curriculum MAPS

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useful links

BBC Bitesize Computing - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zvc9q6f

BBC Bitesize ICT - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z8mtsbk

Typing - https://www.typing.com/

iDEA Certificate - https://idea.org.uk/

Quizlet revision - https://quizlet.com/