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ICT, Computer Science & Business Studies

Mr Wilkinson - Curriculum Leader Computing and Business Studies 

Developments in the Technological and Business world has changed the way that we work over the past century and, to be able to excel in the modern world, it is more important than ever that we are digitally fluent. In the Computing and Business Studies faculty at Park, our goal is to make sure that our students are readily prepared to compete and succeed in this increasingly digital world. Students will sample a broad range of skills and draw upon the knowledge of other disciplines across the curriculum, such as Maths, Science and Design & Technology.

At KS3, our focus is on upskilling students through a variety of project centred work, gaining useful communication and teamwork skills too. By acquiring skills in ICT, Computer Science and Business Studies, students will develop an awareness of the evolving business and technological world and the many career prospects available. Our KS4 curriculum is designed to build upon the skills developed at KS3, and we offer courses in Computer Science, Business Studies, and Creative Media Production.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 Computer Science & ICT

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

The National Curriculum for Computer Science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
  • Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
  • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

 

Key Stage 3 Overview

At Key Stage 3 the department offers students the opportunity to work with a variety of software, aiming to develop knowledge and understanding. Students are exposed to industry standard software and begin to learn and develop their technical skills with coding and digital media. Students are encouraged to work in ways that will prepare them for the rigour of GCSE Computer Science and the creativity of BTEC ICT.

Year 7

 

Year 8

Year 9 ICT

You will have the chance to study ICT as part of Park’s Curriculum Enrichment. You will learn how to use the functions of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. These two programs are used at GCSE level for writing up coursework and analysing data. The skills you learn will also help you in life after you leave school.

Assessment

Each unit is assessed through a variety of Homework and Classwork tasks together with summative assessments at the end of each term. The results of these assessments are reported home to parent via the termly student tracker.

  • Encourage your child to consider how Technology has changed their lives.
  • Encourage your child to work independently to solve problems.
  • Encourage your child to evaluate their work, focusing on key strengths and way to improve.
  • Encourage your child to participate in decision making around the home.
  • Encourage your child to try to solve problems, could be as simple as helping to fix the washing machine!
  • Encourage your child to use IT wherever possible.
  • Encourage your child to plan their time effectively by setting mini deadlines that are achievable.
  • Encourage your child to learn key terms that will be set at the start of every lesson.

Useful websites

Learn HTML and Python at W3Schools

HTML HTML Tutorial (w3schools.com)
Python Python Tutorial (w3schools.com)
BBC Bitesize KS3 - BBC Bitesize

Key Stage 4 Computer Science

Year 9

You will spend Year 9 developing your understanding of Computer Science by carrying out a range of projects throughout the year. The projects will help prepare you for the GCSE content of Year 10 & 11. In the Autumn term you will look at Programming. The spring term covers Linux and Commmand Line Programming  and Artificial intelligence. The Summer Term covers Cryptography and how computers decipher data.

Year 10 & 11

Course overview: OCR’s GCSE (9–1) specification in Computer Science builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established through the Computing elements of Key Stage 3. It encourages learners to be inspired, and challenged through completing a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. The specification will help learners to gain an insight into related sectors. It will prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

This is an engaging, contemporary course with an emphasis on giving an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on “behind the scenes”. Students will write their own code and “create” programmes rather than just “consuming” software written by others.

 

Year 10 Computer Science

Year 11 Computer Science

Useful websites

Seneca Learning Free Homework & Revision for A Level, GCSE, KS3 & KS2 (senecalearning.com)
Dr Frost Computer Science DrFrostMaths.com
GCSE Pod GCSE Learning and Revision | GCSEPod

Key Stage 4 Creative Media Production

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Key Stage 4 Business and Enterprise

The Business and Enterprise course at Park High School aims to inspire all students to learn knowledge and practical enterprise skills to prepare them for a career in business.  We endeavour to develop significant personal and vocational business skills that can be transferred to further study or employment.

Our vocational curriculum for Business and Enterprise incorporates both practical (synoptic) and exam based elements to engage a range of students.

Students are inspired by inspirational business people/entrepreneurs as well as learning all elements required to start and develop a successful business.

To support learning the examination element is available at different points within the year.  Study time enables students to access the full curriculum throughout the entire course which allows students to be confident in their subject knowledge.

We endeavour to create a supportive, inspirational and motivational, yet challenging environment that allows students to participate in business projects, to gain first-hand experience of a real business environment. This enriches and challenges the entire range of pupils who choose this subject and allows them to pursue an element(s) within a business environment.  Encouraging practical engagements ensures students gain a sense of both achievement and enjoyment, whilst gaining vital skills that can be transferred to employment or further study.

To promote independence and to ensure pupils have high aspirations, students are engaged in monitoring their own learning through a traffic light systems which is mapped against target grades, this enables students to recognise their own progress.  Independence is promoted through the building of a portfolio to help embed knowledge into long term memory and to link the areas of the curriculum together.