IT @ KS3

Course Summary

During Key Stage 3 students cover a variety of topics using a wide range of resources.

The IT curriculum aims to teach students a variety of skills. It contains:

  • Opportunities to develop students’ confidence and skills in computing concepts.
  • Plenty of annotated exemplar work, providing students with information and examples that will enable them to raise their attainment.
  • Extension and challenge activities to stretch the more able students.
  • Fun, relevant topics that appeal to Key Stage 3 students.
  • A focus on e-safety in each year group.

Topics covered:

Year 7

  • The use of IT applications and effective use of files and folders.
  • The legal safeguards regarding computer use (legislation including DPA, Computer Misuse and Copyright).
  • How to protect yourselves from phishing scams and other email frauds, hacking, “data harvesting” and identity theft.
  • Health and Safety Law and environmental issues.
  • Analyse different publications for style and suitability to audience.
  • Use a range of software skills to design a professional and manipulated publication.

Year 8

  • Exploring how bitmap and vector graphics are represented and stored by a computer.
  • Practise skills in design, photo editing and image manipulation using Photoshop.
  • Undertake a creative project to analyse, plan, shoot and edit a short film advertisement for TV.
  • Identify the basic components of a digital game and their functions, design a game component, create characters and produce a narrative for a digital game brief.

Assessment

Students are internally assessed throughout Key Stage 3 following the department and whole school Assessment Policies. Students in Year 7 will receive formal examinations in the form of a baseline test at the start of the course followed by two further formal assessments during the year. Year 8 students will receive formal examinations in the form of two written and one practical assessment during the year.

Resources

At Key Stage 3 we use a wide variety of different resources to cover the breadth of the IT curriculum. Each student has access to all the resources required via the school shared area. In addition to the resources are many different teaching methods and revision activities to prepare students for their formal assessments.