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ICT Facilities at Ermysted's

New IT Suite
ICT lessons in the ICT suites

The school has a Ranger based network, running Windows 7 workstations with broadband Internet access filtered and monitored by NYCC.

There are four ICT suites in the school, including two new state of the art IT suites built in 2007 and fitted out with new PCs. Three of the IT suites have 30 student PCs whilst the fourth has 15.

Each IT suite has its own laser colour printers and a scanner. The department also owns a number of digital cameras and digital video cameras for multimedia work.


KS3 ICT


Interactive White Board
Using Interactive Whiteboards
at Key Stage 3

In Year 7, pupils have one double ICT lesson of 1 hour 15 minutes per week. The course they follow starts with network familiarisation and progresses through exercises on preparing presentations, games programming in Scratch, DTP, spreadsheets, databases and a video project with our partner school in Sri Lanka.
Year 8 classes have a single 40 minute lesson each week and work on ICT units that build on year 7 work. These units cover web development, databases, spreadsheets, databases and a DVD product unit.
Year 9 have a double lesson and focus more closely on project work and preparation for Key Stage 4. Year 9 project work includes web development, photo-editing, animations, spreadsheets, databases, programming in Python, sound manipulation and 3D modelling.

Throughout Key Stage 3 the emphasis changes from skills to problem solving and project work replaces set tasks.
In addition to discrete ICT classes, we also run a successful lunchtime computing club for year 7, 8 and 9, run by KS5 students.


KS4 – OCR Nationals level 2 short course award ICT and GCSE short course ICT


At Key Stage 4, all pupils complete a course leading to a GCSE level qualification in ICT. This course will be either the OCR Nationals level 2 short course award in ICT or a GCSE short course in ICT, according to performance at KS3.
The OCR National short course is equivalent to one half GCSE, grade A-C, and takes one double lesson a week.
The GCSE short course is equivalent to one half GCSE, grade A*-C, and also takes one double lesson a week. 

OCR Nationals results:

National First Award
Summer 2010
Summer 2011
Summer 2012
Distinction (GCSE grade A equivalent)
54
74
45
Merit (GCSE grade B equivalent)
43
19
14
Pass (GCSE grade C equivalent)
13
14
1
Fail
0
0
0
Totals
112
110
61

National Award in ICT
Summer 2010
Summer 2011
Summer 2012
Distinction Distinction (2 GCSEs, grade A*A equivalent)
2
3
1

GCSE short course results:
The first results for this course will be available from summer 2012.


KS4 – GCSE Computing


Since September 2011, we have offered GCSE Computing as an optional subject at KS4.

A modern course for a modern world:

This is a course that has real relevance in our modern world. While learners will no doubt already have some knowledge of computers and related areas, this course will give them an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and look at what goes on “behind the scenes”. As part of this, they will investigate computer programming, which many learners find interesting.

The fun of computing:
Through the study of computer programming, the course will help learners develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills. For many, it’ll be a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. In this way, the course will stimulate interest and engagement with technology and technology-related careers.

Looking to the future:
In fact, information technologies continue to have a growing importance. This means there will be a bigger demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. If learners want to go on to higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science, they will find that this course provides a superb stepping stone. Students who are considering studying this subject at A Level or university will gain a head-start by taking this subject at GCSE.

The topics we will cover:

Assessment
Unit A451 – Computer systems and programming:

Unit A452 – Practical investigation

Unit A453 – Programming project

GCSE Computing results summary:

Grade
Summer 2013
A*
1
A
3
B
7
C
4
D
0
E
0
U
0
Total
15


'A'/'AS' level Computing


A Level Computing
A level Computing

Entry Qualifications
You will need at least grade B in GCSE ICT, a Credit in DiDA or a Merit in OCR Nationals Level 2 (those who did not take one of these qualifications will be assessed on an individual basis).

Course overview
The computing AS and A2 courses have been designed for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of computing would be beneficial (this includes careers in medicine, law, business, politics or any type of science). Programming is taught through a focus on problem-solving scenarios, whilst computer fundamentals, are taught alongside.

The emphasis is on computational thinking, which means abstract thinking, general problem-solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning and scientific and engineering-based thinking. This course is not just about learning to use tools or training in a programming language, but will focus on the fundamentals of computer science.

Course content
The WJEC syllabus will be taught.

The complete course is taught over 4 modules (2 for AS and 2 for A2). The modular system allows AS to be taken in its own right, or to be one half of the overall A2 qualification leading to the full ‘A’ Level award.

The AS part of the course consists of 2 modules:

Unit CG1 – Computing theory
In this unit you will study the fundamentals of computer systems including hardware, software, data, networks, the systems development life cycle, information systems and the consequences of computing.

Unit CG2 – Computing extended task
In this unit you will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in creating computer programs to solve problems. This will include creating software designs, writing programs in a high-level computer language (e.g. C#, Java, Python etc.) and methods of installing and testing software.

The A2 part of the course consists of a further 2 modules:

Unit CG3 – Advanced Computing Theory
In this unit you will develop an extensive knowledge of both traditional and more current trends in computing theory and software development. This will include operating systems, computer architecture, data structures and manipulation, both high and low level programming languages and databases.

Unit CG4 – Computing project
This project provides an opportunity to test your understanding of the connections between the different areas of computing and it will allow you to demonstrate your knowledge of the systems development life cycle.

The project topic could involve a computer solution to:

Assessment

Module
Method of assessment
AS weighting
A2 weighting
Unit CG1
3 hour written exam
65%
32.5%
Unit CG2
Coursework task
35%
17.5%
Unit CG3
3 hour written exam
 
32.5%
Unit CG4
Coursework project
 
17.5%

Further information about computing at Ermysted’s in KS3, KS4 and KS5 can be found on the ICT department’s computing website: http://computing.ermysteds.co.uk/

A2 results:

 
Summer 2011
(ICT)
Summer 2012
(ICT)
Summer 2013
(ICT)
A*
0
1
1
A
2
2
2
B
2
1
3
C
1
2
1
D
0
1
1
E
0
0
1
U
0
0
0
Totals
5
7
9



Career Openings

The Computing course will help you learn to think computationally, which means general problem-solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning and scientific and engineering-based thinking – all skills which are highly valued by top employers and universities.  One can study computing and go on to a career in medicine, law, business, politics or any type of science.

Extra-curricular and Enrichment Activities
Over the past two years the ICT department has run a very successful animation club one lunch time per week for KS3 students. In 2010, this club was run by three of our year 13 students who went on to win two prizes at the animation 10 UK schools computer animation competition. Watch their movie in the 16+ gallery: http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/Animation10/gallery/winners/16-plus/
ICT department enrichment activities in recent years have included:

Animation Trip to the Lowry
The animation 10 trip to the Lowry

Animation Festival
Having fun at the animation 10 festival

Winners at the Animation Festival
Our winners at the animation 10 festival