Information Technology

The courses within the department aim to develop key skills and enhance young people’s career prospects in the workplace and higher education. The department also offers a range of extra-curricular activities.

1. KEYSTAGE THREE

Throughout years 7, 8 and 9 the following areas are covered:

• Internet safety and communication.
• Sequencing instructions and computer games.
• Exploring databases.
• Searching the internet and collecting information.
• Website authoring and design.
• Spreadsheet modelling.


2. KEYSTAGE FOUR

BTEC ICT (EDEXCEL)

The BTEC Firsts in ICT course has been designed to address the needs of Level 2 learners in key areas. The aim of this course is to enable learners to use IT tools to communicate and exchange information safely, securely and effectively with different audiences. Learners will also consider the impacts of IT.

Specialist units in the course include:

• Unit 1 – Communicating in the IT industry.
• Unit 2 – Working in the IT industry.
• Unit 16 – Database systems.
• Unit 26 – Developing Computer Games.


The assessment approach of the BTEC Firsts in ICT allows learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they provide evidence towards the grading criteria. The course is a mix of coursework assessment and module tests. Evidence of research will be based on a variety of methods.

3. EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Dinnertime robotics club.

After school lego club for year 7 pupils on Mondays.

After school Robot wars club (using Lego NXT programmable robots) for year 8 pupils on Tuesdays. Lego NXT ideal for teaching STEM subjects with a deeper focus on D&T and Computing.

After school Programming / coding club for year 9 on Wednesdays.

Technocamps projects:

• Kodu programming to take place at Penydre. Technocamps will bring their own laptops and pupils will learn to program using xbox controllers. 20 pupils from year 7/8.

• Python programming to take place at Penydre. 20 pupils from year 8/9.

The Eden Technology Centre will deliver sessions using Lego Technology at Penydre, and many of our feeder primary schools. We will work with 12 families per school over a 5 week period. The families will be identified by the individual schools, through the sessions we hope to:

• Improve family engagement
• Improve attainment
• Improve attendance
• Improve behaviour