The ICT department aims provide an inspirational, relevant, innovative and challenging learning environment where pupils can become successful, independent and confident learners. ICT at Wright Robinson College aims to raise student’s aspiration with the use of regular verbal praise, feedback and reassurance.
At KS3 students will have 3 lessons per fortnight in Year 7 and Year 8 with 4 Lessons per fortnight in year 9.
Students will be expected to complete approximately 6 homework tasks per term These will be a combination of written thery tasks and practical assesments which can be done either using remote access or using the copllege’s facilities.
Students knowledge retention at KS4 is based on their practical skills as it these they will have to demonstrate in their external controlled assessment. Students are frequently require to draw upon and develop their skill set. As far as work outside of the classroom is concerned students are encouraged to research and develop their skills by working on their internal controlled assessment tasks independently.
In ICT at KS4 students will be offered the chance to learn and develop skills in the highly desirable areas of website design and interactive App design. The course is Level 2 NCFE in Interactive Media an within this course students will cover 4 main areas of study:
- Theory of Web Design and Application Design
- Planning a Web/App design project
- Designing and creating a website or App
- Presenting their finished product
All of these areas are equally weighted and are graded internally on a Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction* basis. At the end of these units’ students will sit a 15 hour controlled assessment spread over a number of weeks to affirm what they have learned throughout the course.
Students will learn and develop skills in software such as:
Image editing software (Adobe Photoshop)
Animation Software (Adobe Illustrator)
Graphics Software (Adobe Fireworks)
Web Design Software (Adobe Dreamweaver)
Using their understanding of these software packages and HTML coding students will create their own interactive website or App for a given brief.
Students are introduced to E-Safety – Students learn about the importance of safe-guarding, including e-safety, cyber-bullying and social media. They will complete a Graphic Design unit, where students will understand the difference between vector and bitmap graphics in order to design and develop a magazine front cover and inside page. In the third unit, Business studies, students will be introduced to the subject of Business Studies, covering topics such as; the reasons why people start a new business, understanding the target market and business competitors, the marketing mix with some basic business calculations surrounding costs and setting the right price. In Spreadsheets, students will learn how to use a spreadsheet to create simple calculations and formulas: IF formulas & conditional formatting. They will produce their own Quiz using these formulas. Students will learn how to create a spreadsheet model, by learning how to create graphs and analyse data. In the Web Design unit, students will understand the fundamental skills required to write a website in HTML. They will learn what HTML is, and use a variety of different HTML tags. Students will spend the first few lessons learning the fundamental skills required to build a website for a client. They will be given client requirements, which range from: creating and editing graphics, and creating a website which is suitable for a certain audience and purpose.
The first unit is Image Editing Software – Students will understand and be able to apply skills relating to editing images in preparation for them being published. As well as this students will learn about the moral and ethical implications the misuse of image editing has. The Graphic Design unit – students will understand the key concepts of graphic design and understand the difference between vector and bitmap graphics. Using this information they will create a set of products, and build their graphic editing skills. In the Business Studies unit, students will build on their learning from Year 7, focusing on Business Finance such as; source of finance, revenue, costs, and profit/loss and break even. Students will complete a Digital Media Unit – Students will understand the features of a website; house style/colour and font, and also take into consideration the target audience. They will be given client requirements, which range from: creating and editing graphics, and creating a website which is suitable for a certain audience and purpose.
In Year 9 students are required to apply the theory thay have learned and developed in Year’s 7 and 8 by carrying out a project besed assesment of their skills. Students will create an interactive digital product that showcases their understanding of a range of different ICT applications and concepts.
Students will start the new Interactive Digital Media V Cert qualification “NCFE Interactive Media”. This course equips students with all the skills and knowledge required to plan, design, create and analyse an interactive media product such as a website or a digital application. Students will cover Unit 1 of the course in year 9 in preparation for improving and developing their work in the following KS4 years.
Year 10 and 11 students will work independently on Units 2, 3 and 4 the course culminates in a controlled assessment over 3 days where students will be required to demonstrate their learning by producing an interactive media solution for a specific target audience and purpose.