Curriculum Rationale in: ICT
KS3 Curriculum Overview
Whatever your chosen career path or interest, ICT is used in all areas of society. Studying this subject can enhance your chances of employability and work within different sectors. Studying this subject allows collaboration with others, solve complex problems, critical thinking, develop different forms of communication and leadership skills. The aim of this curriculum is to extend the skill set of students and to develop high level of expertise in a variety of ICT or Computer Science areas. The units studied at Key Stage 3 will provide a foundation into Key Stage 4 providing a detailed grounding if they opt into selecting ICT. Over the two years they will study E-Safety, Spreadsheets, Databases, Operating Online, Presentations, Knowledge of Computing, Web Design, Digital Graphics and Creating A Digital Video.
Year 9 is an important transition for our students as it is the start of their GCSE equivalent qualification. As a department, we believe it is important to give a three-year programme at Key Stage 4 rather than two years to ensure students have the necessary time to learn the skills needed. During year 9 students will learn about digital graphics and then create digital graphics based on a client brief provided by the OCR exam board. On the completion of this unit, it then prepares students for what is ahead in Year 10 and 11. During this unit it allows students to be creative and the ability to express themselves.
KS4 Curriculum Overview
We deliver the OCR Creative Imedia qualification at KS4 and students study four units which are:
Unit: R081 – Pre-production Skills – 25% – (Examination unit)
This is a compulsory unit, based on all aspects of planning projects from Mood boards to Gantt Charts. It will also develop their understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.
R082: Creating digital graphics
This is also a compulsory unit, in which Adobe Fireworks is used to edit photographs and images to suit given situations. For the assessment of this unit, students will complete a 10 hour controlled assessment which is marked by the teaching staff and externally moderated.
R085: Creating a multiple website
In this unit, students will have the opportunity to understand the basics of creating multiple websites through this unit. They will also be able to demonstrate their creativity by combining components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing website using Adobe Dreamweaver. For the assessment of this unit students will complete a 10 hour controlled assessment which is marked by the teaching staff and externally moderated.
R087: Creating interactive multimedia products
This unit builds on units R081 and R082 and students will be able to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding gained in those units. Interactive multimedia products are used widely in everyday life and the creative and digital media sector. They are used in computer games, mobile phone applications, presentations and many other areas. This unit will enable learners to understand the basics of interactive multimedia products for the creative and digital media sector. They will learn where and why interactive multimedia is used and what features are needed for a given purpose. It will enable them to interpret a client brief, and to use time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process when creating an interactive multimedia product.
The rationale for choosing this qualification is due to it being appropriate for the type of students we have at Aston Manor Academy.