KS3 ICT and Computing

In Years 7-9, we prepare students for courses in KS4 by giving pupils tasters of creative iMedia and computing. We also put in database and spreadsheets to help them if they decide to move onto KS5 BTEC. It is important for pupils to learn the key skills and then build on them as they progress through the years. It is important to note that everything taught at KS3 will either relate to the course on offer at KS4 and KS5.

Pupils will learn about:

Year 7

Half Term 1 and 2: E – Safety

Half Term 3: Spreadsheets

Half Term 4: Databases

Half Term 5: What is a Computer?

Half Term 6: End of Year Project – This project brings together all the skills and techniques pupils have learnt throughout the year. Pupils will be given a project which helps them prepare for KS4 by learning time management skills and identifying important elements to be considered and worked on.

Year 8

Half Term 1: Technology and Networks

Half Term 2: Flowol

Half Term 3: Spreadsheets

Half Term 4: Database

Half Term 5: Website

Half Term 6: Multimedia Project – This project will give pupils a taster of the ICT creative iMedia course they could select as an option for KS4.

Year 9

Half Term 1: Python

Half Term 2: Graphics

Half Term 3: Component 2 Computer Science

Half Term 4: Dreamweaver

Half Term 5: Multimedia

Half Term 6: End of Year Project – This project brings together all the skills and techniques pupils have learnt throughout the year. Pupils will be given a project which helps them prepare for KS4 by learning time management skills and identifying important elements to be considered and worked on.

5 ways I can help my son/daughter

1

Parent Guide: Understanding Cyber Bullying http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/cyber_bullying/

2

E-Safety for Parents

http://www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/kentict/kentict_esafety_parents.cfm

3

Your child will need to work more independently at secondary school than at primary school. But your interest and input will still be important and will help your child to do well in ICT & Computing.

4

Look for opportunities to talk to your child about ICT and how it has changed our society, in so many ways.  Children enjoy sharing what they are learning. Try to find topics you’re both interested in so it’s more of a conversation than an interrogation.

5

Ask your child if there’s anything you can do to help with homework. Discuss the organisation of the work.