Year 7 - ICT
What is Taught?
The National Curriculum is followed by the pupils at an appropriate level. The pupils follow a varied scheme of work consisting of the following units:
- Introducing ICT – This unit will introduce ICT to pupils. It will cover the following topics. Rules of the ICT room, hardware, software and input devices. Pupils will also be taught about online safety and the importance for computer security. E.g. using usernames and passwords correctly.
- Communicating Information - This unit introduces basic word processing and presentation software. Pupils will use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to complete a range of tasks.
- Spreadsheet Modelling - This unit will focus on using spreadsheets to organise data and perform calculations. Pupils will be given an opportunity to use the basic tools and features of Microsoft Excel.
- Data Handling – This unit will focus on using a computerised database to organise, store, sort and search data.
- Summer Terms pupils commence work on the Essential Skills in ICT certificate. This involves completing a portfolio of work which will gain them a certificate at Level 1.
Pupils have homework every other week. Tasks vary, ranging from learning notes for tests to preparing data for input onto computers during the lesson. It is not essential, although desirable for pupils to have their own computer at home, since the school has computers available for pupils to use at lunchtime and after school. Pupils who wish to use their own computers for homework are encouraged to do so. The ICT department uses both the Microsoft Office and Serif packages for the skills taught.
How progress is assessed
In Year 7 the ICT department develops the ICT skills the pupils come to Bryngwyn with from the primary school. When the pupil has built on these skills they are prepared for the Essential Skills qualification assessment later in the Key Stage. Printouts of the work pupils complete are assessed, as are written class exercises and homework. Basic ICT skills are tested at regular intervals throughout the academic year.