Ethos and Overview
ICT is a key subject in improving standards of teaching and learning here at Tendring Technology College and as such it is a core subject for all students in years 7 to 11. It is also used as a tool to help learning in every subject.
Opportunities are available for students to develop the breadth and depth of their knowledge and skills so they can prepare themselves for a career in ICT or in a vocational area where ICT is important. Most jobs use ICT nowadays. These ICT qualifications will be available at KS3, KS4 and in the sixth form.
ICT is used as a medium for thinking and as a tool to develop and form thinking across the whole curriculum and to improve the processing and presentation of information specific to each department. The College will provide computer rooms to enable fast student access to appropriate software and the Internet. This will be known as ICT across the Curriculum.
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The main aim of the Year 7 course is for students to improve their key skills in ICT. Each year children arrive from their primary school with increased ICT knowledge and skills. There is a wide variation between children from one primary school and another. The Year 7 course ensures that all students reach the same basic standard, at the same time as providing opportunities for the best students to develop further without repeating low-level work. This is challenging and is carried out by setting open-ended activities. During Year 7, students will work though the following units:
E-safety: This unit extensively focuses of the development of social media and networking online and therefore the need for students to understand how they can stay safe. Students will look at various case studies and produce an information point that will help to raise awareness of the risks related to this issue and make people aware of ways these can be avoided.
All Year 9 students will begin their GCSE preparation
During Year 9 all students will work through their first unit (Artwork and Imaging), which will test their skills in graphic design.
They have the opportunity to continue this in Year 10 and Year 11 as a single award or study Computer Science
Gifted and Talented Program (ICT): A selection of talented ICT students are given the opportunity to work in collaboration between the ICT and Technology departments to develop skills in Product design, Development and programming. Each student will be provided with their own development computer (Raspberry Pi), which will used to complete the following tasks.
At Key Stage 4
In ICT students will be studying either ECDL or GCSE ICT