“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
|Mr Rubery||Head of Department||Contact|
|Mr Nesbitt||Classroom Teacher||Contact|
|Mr Auger||Classroom Teacher||Contact|
|Miss Morris||Classroom Teacher||Contact|
Computing and ICT at Central Lancaster High School is designed to allow opportunities for all pupils to develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology regardless of their starting point. They will develop and apply their analytic, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills. By understanding how changes in technology affect safety, including new ways to protect their online privacy and identity they will be able to recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct, and know how to report concerns. They will become creators as well as users of digital content.
The Key Stage 3 programme of study will allow pupils to develop their ICT and Computing skills, develop their problem solving skills and introduce them to the concept of project work. They will develop an understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to work to a client brief, use a range of different software applications, meet deadlines, be organised and be able to reflect and evaluate on their work.
The Key Stage 4 iMedia course has been chosen to allow pupils to understand how computers work, how to use them in a productive way but also to enable them to become creators as well as users of software. This qualification will prepare pupils both for the world of work, support them in other subjects of study, and open up pathways to Level 3 courses and further study at colleges and universities.
KS3 Overview of Units
|Term 1 Topics||Term 2 Topics||Term 3 Topics||Detailed Overview|
|Year 7||Baseline test, Using computers safely||Modelling data - spreadsheets||Introduction to coding through Scratch (Pt.1) & (Pt.2)||View Document|
|Year 8||Understanding computers||Networks from semaphores to the Internet||
Data protection and cybersecurity
|Year 9||Graphic design and manipulation||Advanced game programing using Construct 2||HTML and website development||View Document|
Parents / carers can best support pupils by: Talking to pupils about what they have learnt, allowing structured time and access to computers at home. Encouraging pupils to be curious, brave and optimistic about how computers and technology can be used in positive and productive ways.
Key Stage 4
Qualification type, exam board and syllabus if applicable: Cambridge Nationals Level 2 Certificate in Creative iMedia (CiDA).
Web link to specification: Specification Details
|Unit R081||Pre-production skills (Exam)||1hr 15mins||25%|
|Unit R082||Creating digital graphics (CW)||Coursework portfolio||25%|
|Unit R092||Developing digital games (CW)||Coursework portfolio||25%|
|Unit R085||Creating a multipage website||Coursework portfolio||25%|
Parents / carers can best support pupils by: Pupils would benefit from a computer of their own if studying this course. This is not essential however as computers are available at school. Talking to pupils about what they have learnt, allowing structured time and access to computers at home. Allowing pupils to install software at home. Encouraging pupils to be curious, brave and optimistic about how computers and technology can be used in positive and productive ways.
Additional materials to support study and revision: