ICT (Computing) is taught throughout the school and in all year groups. Students have a weekly lesson timetabled in the ICT suite but laptops are available for use in other lessons to ensure that ICT is cross-curricular.
Key Stage 2
At Key Stage 2, the ICT curriculum primarily focuses on Information Technology to teach students basic functional skills in programs such as Word and Paint. The curriculum gives the students the opportunity to use the tools within word processing and drawing programs to present a range of data and information creatively.
Our intent is to equip students with the key skills, such as touch typing, mouse control and being able to access publishing and editing tools so that they can become confident and competent computer users.
Our curriculum also aims to teach students how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly therefore online safety is taught every term. Students are taught to recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and ways to report concerns.
Students are also given the following Computer Science and Digital Literacy opportunities:
to design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals with the intention of introducing them to the world of coding,
to send and receive emails to see how technology can be used for communication,
to learn about the inside of a computer and how a network works to offer collaborative working.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, the ICT curriculum is intended to build on and develop the skills learnt in KS2. Students continue to further their skills in programs such as Paint and Word but are also introduced to Excel and PowerPoint. The aim is to increase the students’ knowledge of a range of software and begin to think about which software to use for an intended audience and/or purpose. As in KS2, we aim to instil the importance of online safety in our students so every term they are taught about digital citizenship. Our intention is that students are shown how to be responsible when using social networks, technology and other online tools.
Students are also given the following computing and digital creativity opportunities:
to learn about binary letters and numbers so they have a greater understanding of how a computer works,
to develop their coding skills by creating a website using HTML script and experimenting with Python,
to further their understanding of how a computer works by identifying input and output devices and learning about software, hardware and operating systems.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, students complete coursework tasks for their IT User Skills qualification provided by TLM. This qualification is intended to provide students with basic functional IT skills so that they can efficiently use technology to improve their productivity and work in all subject areas thus equipping them for further study or the world of work.
Students complete the following units of work:
Unit 1 – Improving Productivity Using IT
Unit 4 – IT Security for Users
Unit 8 – Using the Internet
Unit 10 – Presentation Software
Unit 13 – Using Email
These units have been specifically chosen to meet the needs of our learners.
Our aim is for all students to leave Churchill with the following skills and attributes that can be used in their everyday lives and in the world of work:
how to be a safe and responsible computer user
how to use IT effectively to improve productivity
knowledge of how the internet works, is used and impacts on our lives
able to use email proficiently
able to create and present PowerPoints for an intended audience and purpose