Welcome to ICT!
Head Of Department:- Mrs. Sanjeera Siddiqui
We are a fast improving department at The Winchester School. In ICT we aim to provide a safe, caring environment in which all students can achieve their potential whilst helping them to become independent learners and with the skills and knowledge which will help them in their futures. We recognise that all students are individuals with their own learning styles and needs and so the curriculum has been chosen to ensure that all pupils are able to access information in order to be successful.
All staff within the department are passionate about ICT, and this is apparent in the way that ICT is delivered. In doing so we strive to ensure that all pupils have an excellent experience with ICT which they will find useful throughout their lives.
The department is composed of 5 specialist rooms designed as ICT rooms ( 2 Primary ICT Lab and the 3 Secondary ICT Labs). Other ICT rooms are used throughout the school for theory work. All have the facilities and equipment necessary to give the students an excellent experience of ICT at The Winchester School.
KS3 CURRICULUM BRIEF SUMMARY
At Key Stage 3 the department follows the British National Strategy for ICT which is significantly adapted to suit our students and our school.
This scheme is taught discreetly to Years 7, 8 and 9 by the ICT team, building on the ICT concepts and topics from primary school. It is designed to offer a full range of differentiated and applied activities in order that all pupils can access ICT regardless of ability and can use it as a tool for a given purpose. Pupils currently have 2 lessons of ICT per week where all curriculum strands are taught. In addition, ICT is regularly used by teachers throughout the school in their own subject areas further developing the knowledge and skills base of the students.
KS4 CURRICULUM BRIEF SUMMARY
The department is currently following the Cambridge International GCSE. This course results in the pupils attaining an IGCSE in ICT grade from A* to G. This course requires each student to sit 3 external examinations (2 practical and 1 theory) at the end of Year 11. The examination weighting is 60% practical (30% for each exam) and 40% theory examination. Students in Key Stage 4 currently have 3 lessons of ICT per week.
KS5 CURRICULUM BRIEF SUMMARY
The department is currently following the Cambridge International AS (Advanced Subsidiary) in Applied ICT and the A2 in Applied ICT, Edexcel Btec ICT National level -3 for Year As/ A level. This course results in the pupils attaining an International AS or/and A2 qualification in Applied ICT from grade A to E. This course requires each student to sit 2 external examinations, one of which is practical the other a theory paper at the end of Year 12 for AS Level and the end of Year 13 for A2. The examination weighting is 60% practical and 40% theory.