ICT & Digital Media

Our Intent

The ICT and Computer Science Curriculum core purpose is to deliver an engaging and challenging curriculum. The curriculum has been developed to respond to rapidly developing/emerging IT technologies in today’s world. The aim of which is to make our students into 21st Century Digital Citizens who are able to learn, communicate and collaborate safely and responsibly using computer technologies.

We understand the need for all students to be confident in the use of ICT technologies and the wide role these technologies play in everyday life and career paths. The KS3 curriculum has also been planned to prepare students for KS4 options, we offer students the opportunity to study the OCR Creative iMedia and the OCR GCSE Computer Science Course.

How we intend to remove barriers

Students will be able to use ICT Technologies safely, responsibly and within the confines of the law. As part of this use students will learn how to use the school’s ICT systems and the range of Google Educational Apps. The ICT and Computing curriculum allows students to develop their Literacy and Numeracy skills. Numeracy skills will be developed through the Computing SOWs and Topics we offer. Students will have the opportunity to develop their Oracy skills in every lesson when answering questions or engaging in class discussions.

How we develop skills for learning

Throughout the ICT and Computing Curriculum students will develop creative skills by designing and creating Digital Media Products (Videos, Sounds, Websites and Interactive PowerPoints). Students will also be able to evaluate these products and determine if they are fit for purpose and fit the needs of the project brief/requirements. In order to develop Analytical skills students will be able to debug broken programming code and be able to correct the errors in order to make the code work correctly.  Through the writing of programming code students will develop Logical and Computational Thinking skills.

How we foster personal attributes

Aspects of the Rawmarsh Way are built into the ICT and Computing Curriculum. Students are taught to use ICT equipment safely and responsibly. Students will develop independence skills by undertaking and completing Digital Media projects in the ICT topics. Independence and Resilience skills will also be developed by students learning how to programming code in the Computer Science topics. Overall, students will be able to develop fundamental ICT skills which will allow them to apply for a range of Higher Education courses or a range of careers, enhancing their employability when they leave Rawmarsh School.

How we intend to enrich student experiences and broaden the horizons of students

Students are given a range of opportunities to broaden their horizons in the ICT and Computing curriculum. Firstly students are taught a wide range of skills using different software packages, some of these packages are industry standard which students wouldn’t normally be able to access at home. The other software packages that we offer are free to use and download, which allow students to install these apps at home to further develop the skills they have learnt in lessons. Theory Topics such as Computer Ethics are planned around real life case studies, allowing our students to gain a  wider understanding of the world around them.

They will also gain an understanding of how ICT technology can impact themselves and society as a whole. When studying the Computing Topics students will have the opportunity to learn programming techniques in a range of programming languages, giving them a wider breath of programming skills and knowledge. The department will also run in lesson workshops where students will have the opportunities to disassemble and reassemble computers in order to learn about how the devices work.

Our Curriculum in ICT & Digital Media

Year 7

In Year 7 students will cover the following topics: Intro to ICT/G-Suite Apps, E-Safety, Scratch, Kodu Game Lab, Animation Creation, Digital Video Editing and Powerpoint Skills. 

The students will learn the following skills over the course of year 7 curriculum:

  • Able to use the school’s ICT Systems and the range of Google Educational Apps
  • Understanding of Risks and Dangers when operating online and how to avoid/prevent these risks.
  • Learn practical skills that allow students to create a range of Digital Media products to given scenarios and requirements.
  • Have an introduction to Computational Thinking and Programming Skills which will provide students with a foundation in Computer Science.

Year 8

In Year 8 students will cover the following topics: Google Sketch Up, Python Programming, Web design/development, Micro:bit Programming, Data Modeling, Sound Editing and Interactive App Creation.

The students will learn the following skills over the course of year 8 curriculum:

  • Continue to build on the students skills of creating interactive Digital Media products in order to meet different scenarios and requirements.
  • Students will learn how to make professional digital products that demonstrate the students ability to create products that are interactive but can be used in a range of  different curriculum areas and career paths.
  • Further develop the students Computational Thinking and Programming skills by allowing students to create text based applications.
  • Students will be able to develop an understanding of business finances by completing the spreadsheet data modelling topic. Students will also develop their maths mathical skills by creating a series of graphs using Microsoft Excel.

Year 9

In Year 9 students will start to study the OCR Cambridge Nationals iMedia course. They will complete the Digital Website and Digital Graphic Units. Students will have the opportunity to practice the Practical Skills required to complete the Controlled Assessment part of the two iMedia units. 

  • R082 – Creating Digital Graphics – Students will learn the basics of digital graphics editing skills in order to create a DVD or game cover to a set of specific requirements.
  • R085 – Creating a Multipage Website – This unit enables students to understand the basics of creating multi-page websites, with a range of interactive features.

The students will learn the following skills over the course of year 9 curriculum:

  • Students will develop skills needed to create Digital Graphics and Interactive Websites.
  • Understand the Purpose of different Graphics and Websites used in different industries and businesses
  • Review existing Graphics and Websites and Evaluate their effectiveness at meeting their intended purpose.

Year 10

In Year 10 students will cover the Theory Aspects of the iMedia course. Students will learn about Pre-Production Documents and the theory behind planning and running Digital Media projects. Students will sit the Written Examination at the end of Year 10. The rest of the year will be used to complete the two units started in Year 9.

The students will learn the following skills over the course of year 10 curriculum:

  • Understand how the following documents are used (Moodboard, Mind Map, Script, Visualisation Diagram and Storyboards)
  • Able to plan out a Digital Media product by interpreting the Client Requirements and Target audience of the project. 
  • Plan out a Media Product by completing a series of design documents  and plan out the duration of the project by creating Work Plans
  • Understand the legal issues and laws that may impact or restrict a media product from being undertaken

Year 11

In Year 11 students will complete the final unit of the iMedia course. Students will also use this year to resit the exam component or improve and resubmit the two previous controlled assessment units.

  • R087 – Creating Multimedia Products – Students will learn where and why interactive products are used and their different features. Students will plan and create interactive multimedia products using sound, video and animation.

The students will learn the following skills over the course of year 11 curriculum:

  • Students will develop skills needed to create Interactive products.
  • Understand the Purpose of different Interactive Products used in different industries and businesses
  • Review existing Interactive Products and evaluate their effectiveness at meeting their intended purpose.

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural)

In ICT students learn about E-Safety, which includes information about protecting their identity online, staying safe whilst using the internet, and the dangers and effects of cyberbullying. Students are also taught how to report abuse. Later in Key Stage 3, students also learn about IT and the law, including Copyright Law (especially relevant for downloading music, games and films). Students learn about the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act which covers important information about mobile phone privacy. The aim of these topics is to encourage students to consider the moral and social implications of respecting and understanding IT law, and the values aspect of not using social media to cause harm or distress to others.

Recent Faculty News

ICT Staff

Mr M Snaith
Subject Leader: ICT and Business

Mr M Snaith
Subject Leader: ICT and Business

Mrs J Cooper
Teacher of Subjects: ICT/Business

Mr S Treanor
Teacher of ICT

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Y9 Options Pathway

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Reminder: Y6 Transition Evening - Wednesday 11th March - 5pm