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ICT

Croeso i’r adran Technoleg Gwybodaeth a Chyfathrebu /

Welcome to the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Department

AIMS OF THE SUBJECT

We live in rapidly changing technological times.  Today’s pupils have been born into a world where they have never known ‘no technology’; it is part of their everyday life.

Glan-y-Môr is therefore resolute in the aim to enrich learning for all pupils by developing their confidence and competence to use ICT.  We recognise that in order to achieve this aim, it is necessary for ICT to be taught in all areas of the curriculum. 

Consequently, ICT is integrated into all subject areas where teaching staff are involved in the development of pupil’s ICT skills, helping to prepare them for future employment in a constantly changing technological world.

In addition to supporting pupils with the practical aspects of using ICT, we also promote responsible and informed attitudes to global communication, information and services.

KEY STAGE 3

Currently, ICT lessons in Key Stage 3 are timetabled as follows:

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)

  • Year 7     2 lessons per fortnight (integrated into the Humanities Programme)
  • Year 8     2 lessons per fortnight 
  • Year 9     1 lesson per fortnight.

The Key Stage 3 scheme of work focuses on improving pupils’ skills in the use of application software.  For example, Microsoft Office, DTP, Graphics, Animation and Web Design.  Pupils also study the impact of technology on individuals, particularly e-safety.  The link between technological skills and future career opportunities are examined with our pupils prior to their option choices in Year 9.  Additionally, due to a global need to equip pupils with skills that will allow them to not only use technology, but to also design technology, our Key Stage 3 pupils are required to develop computer programming skills.

A variety of extra-curricular opportunities are available in the subject.  For example, lunchtime animation club and homework catch-up.  Links with the community are fostered and are continually developing.  Our Key Stage 3 pupils have attended ‘Technoclubs’ activities and received computer programming training by Swansea University personnel.  Most recently, pupils from our Key Stage 2 transition club won second place in the local heat of a national competition (Lego Challenge).  Currently, some of our Year 8 pupils, with the support of local colleges and organisations, are involved in a national innovation competition.

KEY STAGE 4

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)
Pupils are given the opportunity to study towards a range of ICT qualifications:

  • WJEC GCSE
  • AQA Foundation
  • ESW Levels 1 & 2

Pupils build on the knowledge and experiences attained in earlier years and develop new skills as part of their chosen course of study. 

WJEC GCSE ICT

The GCSE course enables pupils to demonstrate their understanding of how current technologies impact upon individuals, organisations and society.

Assessment Summary
The assessment of the GCSE is in two parts:
The written exams are 40% of the total mark.
The controlled assessments account for 60% of the total mark.

Candidates are required to pass four units:
Unit 1           ‘Understanding ICT’ (a 1½ hour written exam paper)
Unit 2           ‘Solving Problems with ICT’ (controlled assignment)
Unit 3           ‘ICT in Organisations’ (a 1½ hour written exam paper)
Unit 4           ‘Developing Multimedia ICT Solutions’ (controlled assignment)

In Key Stage 4, in order to support the GCSE assignments, pupils research and visit local organisations.

The ICT Department continually review the provision offered.  This ensures that pupils are fully equipped to meet the technological needs of the future workplace.

USEFUL RESOURCES

Due to the very nature of the subject, pupils support their skills, understanding and knowledge by accessing and using a variety of online resources.  The following websites are of particular benefit:

http://wjec.co.uk The awarding body for the ICT GCSE qualification.                                                                                                
http://teach-ict.com               A revision site primarily used for Key Stage 4 pupils to prepare them for the GCSE written examinations.  Also used by our Key Stage 3 pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical aspects of the subject.
 
http://teach-ict.com A revision site primarily used for Key Stage 4 pupils to prepare them for the GCSE written examinations.  Also used by our Key Stage 3 pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical aspects of the subject.
 
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/gcse/ict   A revision site for our Key Stage 4 pupils to prepare them for the GCSE written examinations.
 
http://hwb.wales.gov.uk   A bilingual all Wales virtual learning environment, that allows teachers and learners to access online resources anywhere, at any time, and from any internet enabled device.  Teachers and learners are able to create and share their own resources, to work collaboratively, and to have access to tools and content hosted across the web.
 
           https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk                                 Thinkuknow is an education initiative by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre - a UK national law enforcement agency.  The Government website offers advice for parents on how to keep children safe online.  It also provides information and activities to inform young people about the dangers, and how they can use technology safely.

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