ICT & Computer Science

Teaching Staff

Mrs K Allen – Teacher of Computer Science and ICT

Weekly Lesson Allocations

  • Key Stage 3 (Years 7/8/9) – 1x 50 minute lessons per week
  • Key Stage 4 (Years 10/11) – 3x 50 minute lessons per week in the option pools

Computer Science and ICT Curriculum Statement

ICT and Computer Science combine to create an innovative, creative and practical subject at Tenbury High. Students learn how to use computer applications accurately such as the Microsoft Suite alongside digital applications for graphics and websites in ICT. These skills enable students to become avid designers preparing them for careers in the creative industries.

Students learn the constructs of the computer in Computer Science, exploring how applications work behind the scenes and how the computer communicates information through the form of binary. The Computer Science curriculum also offers programming, taught at a practical level within the classroom. The opportunities are vast, enabling students to become versed in three different programming languages, Scratch, Javascript and Python. Between the two subjects, students learn how to navigate through the digital world both independently and creatively.

Key Stage 3:

Key Stage three is assessed using threshold statements.  A child will be given a working at threshold at each data capture:

Threshold Statements – Computer Science (pdf)

In year 9 pupils are assessed using GCSE grades.

Pupils are set homework which directly links to topics that have been working on.  These are a mixture of quizzes, key word crosswords, worksheets and designing aspects of a project.

KS3 Long-term plan (pdf)

Key stage 4:

Computer Science

Syllabus: 1CP1
Exam Board: Edexcel
Exam Board Website: qualifications.pearson.com
Subjects: GCSE Computer Science

This course explores how computers work and what makes them tick. It is for logical thinkers who enjoy problem solving.

Computer Science syllabus content:

  • Key techniques behind programming: how to express ideas in sequences of steps, how to approach solving problems and how to use software code.
  • The underlying principles of logic and algorithms. This requires a high level of mathematical skills and it would be difficult to recommend this course to anyone not in the maths’ top set.

Pupils will gain practical experience of designing, writing, and testing computer programs using Python and structured pseudo-code, develop the ability to reason, explain and evaluate computing solutions, and develop awareness of current and emerging trends.

Creative iMedia

As a small, rural, and inclusive school we pride ourselves on teaching pupils about the wider world. Through the ICT curriculum we ensure our pupils leave our school not just achieving academically, but also having a strong understanding of life skills and the importance of a digital footprint. As the IT industry is always changing and moving, pupils can earn essential skills such as training to be a graphic designer, web designer and animator. Therefore, pupils will gain a deeper understanding of how different IT programmes operate in a variety of different ways and how media functions in the wider world.

To guarantee that out ICT curriculum is accessible to all, whilst providing a strong foundation for life-long learning and an understanding of the value of education and wellbeing, we believe that OCR Certificate in iMedia gives pupils an engaging and stimulating range of content within the IT sector and an eye-opener into the world of media. The qualification provides pupils with practical hands-on learning that allows them to explore different digital design software within ICT. This allows pupils to further enhance their life long skills such as communication and develop a range of advanced digital skills.

The course consists of 75% coursework; 3 units at 25% each followed by an examination at the end of year 11 covering pre-production skills linked to the knowledge pupils will have gained through their coursework.

Syllabus: J817
Exam Board: OCR
Exam Board Website: ocr.org.uk
Subjects: Creative iMedia

Creative iMedia syllabus content:

The course will help prepare you for a career in the creative industries and provides skills essential to digital roles in the workplaces.

Unit R081: Pre-Production Skills
This unit teaches students pre-production skills and techniques including understanding client briefs, time frames for completion of work, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.

Unit R082: Creating Digital Graphics
This unit teaches students how to create graphics and visualisation posters. Using graphics software’s, students will plan and create effective eye catching graphical posters for digital and non-digital use.

Unit R086: Creating A Digital Animation
This unit teaches students how to create digital animations. Students will use animation software to produce a 2D key frame animation set to a client brief and its requirements.

Unit R087: Creating Multimedia Products
This unit teaches students how to create multimedia products. Students will use a multimedia software to design, build and test a fully functioning website.