Years 7 – 9 Information Technology
All students are time-tabled with ICT specialists, working on broad based project topics with a strong cross-curricula bias. For purely skills-based work we follow the ICT Framework Solutions scheme which is based on the National Curriculum taught in the United Kingdom.
ICT in Years 7 – 9 at Uplands is designed to encourage students to enjoy working with technology, to be problem solvers and to equip them with strategies to cope with future computer innovations. Students will learn that, although technology is often complex, it is simply a way of doing things.
All students are time-tabled with ICT specialists, working on broad based project topics with a strong cross-curricula bias. For purely skills-based work we follow the ICT Framework Solutions scheme which is based on the National Curriculum taught in the United Kingdom. This combination allows us to lead our students toward the rigorous IGCSE IT exams that they will encounter in Years 10 and 11 whilst still giving them an opportunity to learn through inquiry and exploration.
The ICT labs are also used as part of the subject-based curriculum with both content and teaching made available by the Intranet, and when appropriate, the Internet. We have two standard computer labs and one specialist graphics facility in secondary. Both Design and Technology and Art and Design use specialist hardware and software including digital graph pads. The Science department includes Data Logging and simulation programs.
The very nature and speed of technology development means that we must be open to new ideas and ways to express them and our program has been written with this in mind. We put an emphasis on Information Literacy, future trends and the social and ethical aspects of Information Technology. We work with students to help them understand Internet safety and determining the reliability of online sources of information. All students record their computer generated work in an electronic portfolio and we have set up Wikispaces to provide discussion groups, resources and homework advice for our students.
Assessment, evaluation and communication of student achievement and growth are essential parts of the teaching and learning process. Each part of this process should be a positive experience for students and promote personal growth.
To assist students in meeting the aim of the ICT program of studies, assessment is a continuous, collaborative and comprehensive process that includes clearly identified and communicated criteria. The students take part in self-assessment and evaluation and we also provide opportunities for peer assessment.
- Each unit culminates in a project and a practical test.
- Each unit has a list of achievement objectives that the students review to gain an understanding of their own progress.
- Students will have regular homework, including a range of assignments
- Years 7-9 will undergo a skills-based practical end of year examination
- Regular reporting to parents or caregiver will take place in line with the schools policy