Key Stage 3
ICT is taught from Year 7 using dedicated lessons to fulfil the National Curriculum, using one of the many dedicated ICT suites that Rooks Heath College has to offer. Building on existing skills, users begin to learn how to become familiar with presentation, database, spreadsheet, desktop publishing, animation and word processing packages. E-safety is covered at the beginning of Year 7. There is a continued focus to ensure students understand the implications of using ICT safely.
The aim of Year 8 and Year 9 is to embed the skills they have learnt in Year 7. Students are encouraged to make decisions about the best software to use for a particular task, group work tasks are used to enable students to learn how to collaborate and bring a variety of packages together to find a solution to a problem.
Further advanced skills are taught in Year 9 in spreadsheet, database and presentation packages
Other units of work include –
- ‘Technology of the future’ - a fascinating unit where students get to research into the latest developments in ICT and to think about future possible technologies.
- ‘Cryptography’ – where students learn about the early use of coding data, the Enigma machine at Bletchley Park and how encryption has not only had a huge impact on World Wars but is also used in day to day activities such as online transactions and email.