IT

Teacher of IT:    Mrs R Gouws
Teacher of IT:    Mr S Cook                                                                                                                                      Teacher of IT:    Mr A Bobbo 

Information technology is at the core of the modern world and preparing students at The Forest to take advantage and exploit that technology is at the core of the department’s ethos. Whether using IT within school to support learning and development in our department or across the whole school curriculum, each year is designed to ensure that students develop their core skills and an understanding of computer science and information technology and its application.
We teach our students not just to be highly confident users of technology but to have open enquiring minds and how to develop their ideas and creativity, be it in the form of digital graphics or programming and computational thinking skills. We encourage creativity, innovation when solving problems, develop perseverance and collaborative learning skills and aim to inspire our students so that they want to learn for themselves, aspire and exceed their targets.
 

KS3 INCLUDES YEAR 7 & 8

In Year 7 students study:

7.1 - Introduction to IT (File Management, Social Networking, Keeping Data Safe, Using Email, Searching the Web)
7.2 - Introduction to coding through Kodu (How Programs Work, Creating Landscapes, Navigation and Pathing, Clones and Creatables, Pages and Selection, Game Depth and Complexity)
7.3 - Control Systems with Flowol (Flowcharts, Sequences, Sensors, Subroutines, Actuators, Variables)
7.4 - First Steps in Small Basic (Graphics, Drawing Shapes, Using Variables, Conditioning and Branching, Using Random Numbers)
7.5 - Spreadsheets (Computer Models, Creating Financial Model, What If Scenario's, Conditional Formatting and Validation, Macros and Charts)

 

In Year 8 students study:

8.1 - Understanding Computers (Elements of a computer, The CPU, Understanding Binary, Binary Addition, Storage Devices, Convergence and New Technologies)
8.2 - Creating a Video (Introduction to Digital Video, Planning, Scripting and Story boarding, Shooting Scenes, Final Shoot, Editing your Movie, Final Cut)
8.3 - Introduction To Python (Introducing Python, Numbers and Arithmetic, Selection, Writing Algorithms, While Loops, Searching)
8.4 - HTML and Website Development (HTML, CSS, Design, Development, Creating a web form)
8.5 - Animation in Flash (Frame by Frame Animation, Motion Tweening, Text, Button and Action Script, Planning an animation, Adding Sound effects, Publishing an animation)
8.6 - Game Programming using Scratch (Movement, Lives and Scoring, Adding a new level, Randomizing the behavior of sprites, shooting and jumping, adding sounds, testing and assessment)

KS4 INCLUDES YEAR 9, 10 & 11

In Year 9 students may choose GCSE - IT Cambridge National Level 1/2:
Learning Outcome 1: Understand the tools and techniques that can be used to initiate and
plan solutions
- 1.1 - The phases of the project life cycle and the tasks carried out in each phase
- 1.2 - The interaction and iteration between the phases of the project life cycle
- 1.3 - The interaction and iteration between the phases of the project life cycle
- 1.4 - Initial project considerations
- 1.5 - Planning tools and the software types used to develop project plans


Learning Outcome 2: To be able to initiate and plan a solution to meet an identified need
- 2.1 - How to initiate a project by analysing the requirements to a given context
- 2.2 - How to mitigate risks through the planning process
- 2.3 - Creating planning documentation using appropriate technology and planning tools
- 2.4 - How to undertake iterative testing

Learning Outcome 4: Understand the factors to be considered when collecting and processing data and storing data/information
- 4.1 - Types of threats
- 4.2 - The vulnerabilities which can be exploited in a cyber security attack
- 4.3 - Impacts of cyber-security attack, consequence of a cyber security attack
- 4.4 - Prevention measures for cyber security
- 4.5 - Current relevant IT legislation, at time of delivery, its implications and applications
- 4.6 - The importance of validity, reliability and bias when collecting and using data and information

Learning Outcome 8: To be able to iteratively review and evaluate the development of the solution
- 8.1 - How to carry out and document an iterative review.

 

Year 10

GCSE - IT Cambridge National Level 1/2:
Learning Outcome 3: Understand how data and information can be collected, stored and used
- 3.1 - Data -What is data? Data types
- 3.2 - Information - What is information, How data and information relate
- 3.3 - The methods used to collect data and store data/information, and the appropriateness of the use of these in a given context
- 3.4 - Different storage methods and the appropriateness of the use of these in context
- 3.5 - The use of data in a given context including Big Data, Applications and interaction of data stores, Benefits and drawbacks of the use of data
Learning Outcome 5: To be able to import and manipulate data to develop a solution to meet an identified need
- 5.1 - How to create, edit, delete and process data using appropriate software tools and techniques (Spreadsheets and Databases)
Learning Outcome 6: Understand the different methods of processing data and presenting information
- 6.1/2 - Selection and justification of the appropriate software tools and techniques to process data to meet the defined objectives in a given context
- 6.3 - The resources required for presenting information and the appropriateness of the use of these in context
Learning Outcome 7: To be able to select and present information in the development of the solution to meet an identified need
- 7.1 - How to select and extract data for an identified need
- 7.2 - How to present information using appropriate software tools and techniques

 

Year 11

GCSE IT -Cambridge National J808:
Complete Component 1: R012 - Non Exam Assessment - based on Exam Series Scenario provided
Revision for Component 2: R013 - Written Exam - 1hour 45mins (May Exam Series)

GCSE - IT - Cambridge National Level 1/2 OCR - J808

 

 

KS5 INCLUDES YEAR 12 & 13

Year 12

Cambridge Technical Level 3 Information Technology:
Unit 1 : Fundamentals of IT (Written Exam - 1 Hour 30mins)
Unit 2: Global Information (Written Exam - 1 Hour 30mins)

 

Year 13

Cambridge Technical Level 3 Information Technology:

Unit 3: Cyber Security (Written Exam - 1 Hour)
Unit 8: Project Management (Coursework Element - internally assessment and moderated by OCR)
Unit 17: Internet of Everything (Coursework Element - internally assessment and moderated by OCR)

A Level - IT - Cambridge Technical Award Level 3 Information Technology - OCR

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