Walton High

Curriculum

Overview of Walton High’s curriculum

ICT

ICT webpage poster 1Technology is increasing in importance in people’s lives and it is expected that this trend will continue, to the extent that technological literacy will become a functional requirement for people’s work, social, and personal lives. In the twenty-first century, ICT has an especially prominent, and growing role in learning in the classrooms, in organisations and in the society we live in. Studying Information Communication Technology is therefore seen by many to be a necessity, as it equips students not only with the skills they need to learn and live in the 21st Century, but also to cope with the rapid rate of change we associate with living in the world today and enable them to be capable and appreciative users of IT.


The creative study and use of ICT at Walton High aims to provide pupils with a high quality of learning and achievement at all levels in:

• The ability to critically evaluate and assimilate the information they encounter, particularly through sources such as the internet.
• An appreciation of the role IT plays in the world around them.
• An understanding of the need to practice e-safety when using IT resources, particularly online.
• The role ICT plays in businesses
• To reinforce a cross-curricular approach to ICT - students should encounter ICT in a wide range of contexts and not exclusively through the study of ICT itself
• To emphasise access - Children should have frequent access to ICT tools and have adequate opportunity to use these tools when it is appropriate to do so

 

The study of ICT, at all key stages, encourages students to develop an appreciation and understanding of the impact that developments in information technology have on themselves, communities worldwide, and the future. It also helps emphasizes the growing importance attributed to the communication aspects of new technologies which students are so keen to engage with nowadays. Consequently, studying ICT will contribute in a significant way to the general education of pupils, whether or not they intend proceeding to further studies or employment specific to information technology.

 

Below are our Curriculum/Courses:

• Basic Skills: Introduction to ICT & Computing
• BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in ICT
• AS/ A2 Information & Communication Technology

 

AS and A2 ICT Revision programme

Key Stage 3 Year 8 ICT

In Year 8, we believe it is important for our students to gain experience and skills of ICT as well as Computing at KS3 and our curriculum allows them to achieve this. Through the year students will be able to develop their computational thinking and creativity. The KS3 curriculum can help inform students about their options choices for KS4 and whether they might be suited to ICT or Computing. Units of study across the new ICT and computing curriculum in Year 8 includes:
• Computer Architecture
• Databases
• Digital Eportfolios
• Programming (Scratch)
• Podcasting/Video
• Graphics/Animations


Key Stage 4 ICT

In Year 9 and upwards, students receive 4 sessions of ICT per fortnight. Students who choose ICT as their applied learning option take the BTEC First in Information and Creative Technology qualification, equivalent to four GCSEs at grades A* - C.
Students use a variety of tools including the Microsoft Office suite and the Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Flash and Dreamweaver. Students have access to the virtual learning environment (Moodle). This system is available from home and school from any computer that is connected to the Internet.
The BTEC course is assessed completely through a portfolio of coursework and online exam assessment. As this is an applied learning course, students have the opportunity to understand how ICT works in real world working environments.
Below are sample work produced by students taking the course.

Examples of Digital Animation

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Key Stage 5 ICT

Technology related skills are a major factor in the UK’s economic and social success. Students at A level get to study a range of units under the AQA exam board which will equip them with the knowledge, technical know-how and opportunity to put into practice a wide range of software and hardware to create solutions to solve problems.

AS and A2 ICT Revision programme

AS ICT
At AS, there are 2 complementary units concerned with applying ICT to solve problems and the study of the opportunities for and effects of using ICT in the world today. The units are:
• INFO1: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World
• INFO2: Living in the Digital World.

A2 ICT
At A2, there are also 2 complementary units. Students study the concepts associated with the use of ICT in the 21st century. They also have opportunities for acquiring skills needed in the IT profession such as co-operative working and project management. The units are:
• INFO3: The Use of ICT in the Digital World
• INFO4: Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World.
Unit 3 looks at the fast changing subject of ICT, including developments in technology and ICTsystem capabilities, and how this might affect the world that makes use of ICT.
Students will look at how ICT is used in organisations, the role it plays within organisations and how ICT is managed in an ever-developing technological world.
These practical skills can be developed in areas of ICT that are of interest to them. Students can also use these newly acquired skills as a springboard into other qualifications and working environments.
Most of the work students learn in INFO3 carries across to the project-INFO 4, which provides students with the opportunity to complete a substantial project involving the production of an ICT-related system over an extended period of time. In so doing, students will enhance their transferable practical skills.

At A level students are encouraged to undertake more independent learning and study.
Students would be expected to have studied ICT at GCSE level or equivalent.

Below are sample work produced by students taking the course.
pdf-icon INFO1 Example Work
pdf-icon INFO2 Example Work
pdf-icon INFO3 Example Work

 

 

Gallery of Activities

In the Autumn term all Year 8 to Post 16 students took part in the international hour of code programming event to develop their programming and problem solving skills and . Below are snap shots of students programming and receiving their well earned certificates.
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Visit to TNMOC

Students had quite a revelation and a roll back through the years when they played retro games on some old gaming computers from the 70’s down to the 90’s.


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Other main areas visited at the TNMOC:

Little known stories of the heroines of computing: Women in computing doing what they love:

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Students answering questions in their ICT workbooks. Oh how engaged they are!

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