IT, Media & Computing

Intro

At De Warenne Academy, ICT and Computing is taught with the aim of empowering young people to become good digital citizens with the skills and understanding to keep themselves safe online while learning the long-term implications of their digital footprints. We believe that all pupils deserve a computing curriculum which prepares them for the digital world they live in. Pupils at De Warenne will learn to become digitally literate; someone able to use a computer, develop their ideas and express their creativity through information technology. We teach our pupils to be logical thinkers with the knowledge and understanding to succeed in a digital world with a range of skills including computer programming, graphic design and web design.

Scheme of work

Pupils in Year 7 and 8 are taught a wide range of digital activities starting with a focus on a healthy online presence and developing an understanding of how to stay safe online. In addition to eSafety knowledge pupils will learn about the different types of graphics and how to combine these to create new and unique graphics made for different audiences. Pupils can build on these skills to develop graphics to use in websites and learn the skills needed for creating interactive platforms. In addition to the creative skills, pupils are introduced to computer science lessons where they will learn computational skills, programming, binary and binary addition, breaking down big problems into small manageable chunks (decomposition) and develop their resilience when dealing with challenging problems.

Pupils in Year 9 and 10 study for the OCR Creative I-Media qualification. They will cover themes that include graphic design, pre-production documents, web development and the creation of interactive media products. The exam unit will allow pupils to develop an understanding of how to plan and effectively execute a project. This unit also teaches young people about health and safety needs in a digital environment. In addition to this the lessons build upon the Year 7 & 8 programme of study, delivering units of work designed to further deepen pupils’ understanding of the creation of digital graphics, web development and creating an interactive media product.

Pupils in Year 11 can study for the OCR Computer Science qualification. This builds on the skills pupils learned in Year 7 and Year 8. There are two exam units in this qualification. Paper one looks at computer systems, components and the way that data is processed and executed inside a computer processor. Paper two builds on the computational thinking skills that pupils developed in Key Stage 3 and they learn to develop algorithms, write code and apply this knowledge to given scenarios. Next year De Warenne will be running a trip for Year 10 pupils to Eurogamer in London. In addition to being a fun day they will get the opportunity to meet with game developers and representatives from top universities. They will be shown that there are different pathways into the gaming industry from university to apprenticeships. There are also many different roles, such as programmers and graphic designers and this ties in well with their programme of study from Year 7 to 11.

Enrichment

Every pupil is encouraged to attend enrichment. Throughout the year there are opportunities to further develop digital literacy. At KS4 we offer Creative iMedia sessions run by Mr Joyce and Mr Brown. At KS3 pupils are entered into a national competition called Bebras; this tests their understanding of computational thinking and allows them to gain national recognition for the skills that they have learned.