Weobley High – Information Technology
Key Stage 3
Pupils at Weobley High School have one lesson per week, where they follow the modern and exciting curriculum that we have developed over the past few years. Our subject has seen many changes in recent times with the addition of Computer Science; the units we have developed for our students are a combination of ICT and Computer Science, giving them a clear idea of which path they may wish to choose later on in their education.
There are four units to follow in Year 7; they are “Spreadsheets”, “Databases”, “Microbits” and Game Making with Kodu”. The Spreadsheets and Databases units are centred around a Harry Potter theme, to make them more exciting more our students. They have to complete tasks such as a spreadsheet which calculates which of the Hogwarts houses students are put in, and a database to store records of all the Quidditch equipment.
The four units of study in Year 8 are “What is a Computer?”, “Advanced Scratch”, “Grand Designs” and “Web Awareness”. The “What is a Computer?” unit is always a firm favourite which our students because it is during this unit that they get to take apart old PCs and see how they are made up.
Year 9 has changed the most in recent times thanks to the introduction of Computer Science. We have developed a programming unit called “Python Magic” were people learn to code using the language of Python. They also study Photoshop during the “Digital Imaging” unit as well as “Computational Thinking” and “Algorithms and Boolean Logic”.
Key Stage 4 ICT
Pupils have the option of studying OCR Information Technologies course as part of their Key Stage 4 curriculum. The course consists one written exam (worth 50% of the course) and a practical controlled assessment (also worth 50%). The practical project that the students make undertake involves computerising a business, and consists of spreadsheets, web design etc. The controlled practical assessments are completed over a number of hours during lesson time and test the pupils’ ability to apply their ICT skills to a project scenario.
We study the theory section in Year 10 and the practical assignment in Year 11. We do this because it is less pressure on pupils sitting the exam at the end of Year 10, and they have an opportunity to re-sit in Year 11. The theory section is all about using ICT systems to manage a project. Pupils study the project lifecycle and look at different ways of solving problems using ICT; there is a real business element to this course, which is very useful to pupils when they leave school.
Key Stage 4 Computer Science
An exciting new addition to the KS4 offering is GCSE Computer Science. This course follows the OCR board and covers areas such as Systems Architecture, security, algorithms and programming. Unlike the ICT course, Computer Science delves into how computers are built, and how they operate. Pupils are required to write their own programs using the language Python. The course consists of two written exam, with a practical controlled assignment to submit as well.