Information and Communications Technology During Key stage 3, students learn to become increasingly independent users of information sources and ICT tools. They become more aware of how ICT can help them in their work in other subjects and they develop their understanding of when and how to use ICT, including its limitations. Students consider the quality and plausibility of information, and access and combine increasing amounts of information. The range, focus, efficiency, complexity and rigour of their ICT work increases. From year to year students will develop skills across the full range of Microsoft office and further develop skills in multimedia and graphics. They will learn how to find information for themselves, use team work to solve problems and understand the importance of evaluating their own progress and identifying what they need to do to move forward. A number of projects have been developed which motivate students and sustain interest for the age and ability levels which they are operating at. Year 7 Students create a slideshow to present information about themselves, create a number of spreadsheets based on a “Harry Plotter” theme and develop skills for searching for information based on pirates of the Caribbean project. Year 8 Students will build and use their own database based on famous superheroes and villains’ build their own website and create their own radio station and corporate identity. Year 9 Students will use their skills which they have developed throughout Key Stage 3 and embark upon their final project. This will be based upon one of two themes depending on the particular group. The two projects available to study consist of either running a school fashion show or opening their own under 18s night club. Both projects enable students to build a brand identity for their business, create real business documents and develop suitable systems to help with the running of their business. Assessment All students are given an attainment grade at the end of each module; this is based upon the skills they have developed throughout the project. A student may achieve a level 7 in one area such as spreadsheets for example but only a level 5 in a different area therefore grades are based on an average of all levels achieved to date.
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