Welcome to our ICT department

Who we are

Mrs A Spencer - Curriculum Leader

Mrs L Panesar

Mr T Bhambra

Mr E Kalatzis 

Mrs R Moorcroft

Key Stage 3

Year 7 - Autumn Term

Cyber bullying movie

  • Students learn about cyber bullying via text messages and the web
  • Students learn about how to keep themselves safe whilst online
  • Students create an information advertisement on cyber bullying using Windows Moviemaker
  • Students develop their skills in graphics by creating primary images in Paint
  • Audience and purpose is prevalent throughout this projectCyber bullying movie
  • Spreadsheets and Modelling
  • Students learn how simple models are built by first investigating rules and then by seeing how rules can govern the behaviour of simple models.
  • Students learn how to set up a model
  • Students learn how to use a model to investigate various scenarios through the use of “What If” questions

Spring Term

Kenyan Leaflet

  • Students develop skills in desktop publishing by creating a school booklet aimed at students visiting their school from another country
  • Students will focus on layout and suitability of publications for the target audience
  • Introduction to HTML
  • Students learn the basics of web design
  • Students learn how to create simple websites using HyperText Markup Language
  • This topic is followed by the Animation and Digital portfolio topic which will further enhance the student’s understanding of developing websites

Summer Term

Animation and Digital Portfolio

  • Students learn how to create a storyboard to plan the design of an animated logo
  • Students develop skills in animation by creating an animated logo using Serif Draw Plus
  • Students develop a digital portfolio to showcase their Year 7 work
  • Students learn how to create a storyboard to plan the design of the digital portfolio
  • Students develop skills in web design by creating the digital portfolio using Serif Web Plus

Audience and purpose is prevalent throughout this project

Year 8 - Autumn Term

Data handling

  • Students find out what the term ‘database’ means and learn to access and use databases in different formats.
  • Students learn how to collect data and how to search for data effectively.
  • Students learn how to write their own hypothesis.
  • Students create their own data capture form to gather and enter data.
  • Spreadsheets and Modelling
  • Students revisit spreadsheets and remind themselves about the functionality and formulas covered in Year 7.
  • Students are introduced to the concept of ‘goal seek’ and get the opportunity to explore other software specific skills.
  • Students gather data about an appropriate topic and develop a spreadsheet to analyse this data creating charts and producing a report based on their research results.

Spring Term

Spreadsheets and Modelling

This topic will be continued throughout this half term to reinforce understanding in preparation for KS4

Programming using Scratch

  • Students learn how to use the scratch programming tool and basic programming techniques in a fun game based environment.
  • Students learn how to use sequencing, repetition, selection and understand the behaviour of sprites.
  • Students learn how to design and create functional computer games.

Summer Term

Digital Elements

  • Students further develop their design skills in creating storyboards for animated banners and web pages.
  • Students further develop their digital literacy skills by creating an e-newsletter in Serif web Plus
  • Students develop skills in video editing, movie editing and graphic editing

Key stage 4

Examination Board: Edexcel

Equivalent to Higher Level GCSE (Graded at Distinction, Merit or Pass)

Learn about computer, laptop, printer and other peripheral (including gaming) technology. You will be carrying out hardware and software upgrades to computers, including building a web server, as well as learning about networking technologies. You will be exposed to alternative applications and operating systems, including all flavours of Ubuntu and Fedora. You must be really keen on computing technologies and how it actually works and be prepared to fix it! This is a ‘hand’s on’ course in which you will be stripping down computers to fault find, repair and upgrade. You must be enthusiastic!

You will need a toolkit and some pupils prefer to buy their own multimeter.


There is a mandatory on-line exam
There is project work
There is other online assessment

Progression: This is a Higher Level GCSE equivalent course. You will be able to take the BTEC Level 3 Cisco course in the sixth form.


Examination Board: OCR (level 2, equivalent to GCSE Foundation level)

Qualification in computer and laptop assembly/upgrade and maintenance.

The course focuses heavily on: computer and laptop building, upgrading and repairing; making computer cables, forensic computing and the design of high-end computer systems, like gaming machines. You will get the opportunity to build your own computer, or to upgrade an existing computer. You are expected to buy your own PC toolkit, as there is a lot of practical work involved. With an emphasis on high-end computing, games consoles architecture is also investigated. You should choose this course if you are following mainly foundation level GCSE’s. It is a ‘hands on’ course, so you should be ‘comfortable’ operating tools.


There is no Final exam in this course. Your learning will be judged in a number of ways:

  • On-line multiple choice tests
  • Hands-on practical task
  • Project work

Progression: You will be able to take the BTEC Level 3 Cisco course in the sixth form.