Meet the Team

Ms Bloom
Teacher of Textiles, Child Development and Health & Social Care.
Head of Department jbloom@bishopsgarth.org
Mrs Marufu
Teacher of Computing amarufu@bishopsgarth.org

Overview of the Year for ICT at Key Stage 3

Within Key Stage 3 students study a range of programmes in preparation for them choosing either ICT or Computing as their option subject. It is important to recognise that this is a crucial stage of student’s learning, one which can allow for firm foundations going into Key Stage 4.
Students will learn fundamental skills with ICT applications that are part of the Microsoft Office package. These skills can then be used in subsequent years and can be used cross-curricular. These skills will help prepare students for the ICT qualification offered at key stage 4.
Year 7
The focus for year 7 is ICT skills and basic programming including:
• e-Safety
• Presentations
• Spreadsheets
• Word Processing
• micro: bit Programming

Year 8

The focus for year 8 is Fundamentals of Computer Science and Programming including:
• e-Safety
• Computing Theory
• Programming
• Trends in Computing

Overview of the Year for Computing at Key Stage 4

There are 2 courses currently being offered including:
OCR Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia [Year 10 only]
OCR GCSE Computer Science [Year 9/10] 2 year course – option choice

Creative iMedia – This will assess the application of creative media skills throughout their practical use. The Cambridge Nationals I Creative iMedia will equip students with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferrable skills such as research, plaining and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills, Students will ultimately_ be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products.

The OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia consists of two mandatory_ units and two optional units.

Unit R081: Pre-production skills [mandatory]
This unit will enable Students to understand pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector. It will develop their understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process. Planning is an essential part of working in the creative and digital media sector. This unit will enable Students to acquire the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to create digital media products and gain an understanding of their application.

Unit R082: Creating digital graphics [mandatory]
The aim of this unit is for Students to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. They_ will learn where and why_ digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. This unit will develop Students’ understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process.

Unit R085: Creating a multipage website [optional unit]
Multipage websites are the basis of internet content and are therefore used extensively_ in the creative digital media sector, whether for mobile phones or computers in all their forms. This unit will enable Students to understand the basics of creating multipage websites. It will enable Students to demonstrate their creativity_ by_ combining components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically_ pleasing website. It will allow them to interpret a client brief and to use planning and preparation techniques when developing a multipage website.

Unit R086: Creating a digital animation [optional unit]
Digital animation is used in a wide range of applications in the creative and digital media sector. It can enhance applications, and be used to entertain and inform the viewer. This unit enables Students to understand the basics of digital animation for the creative and digital media sector. Students will be able to plan a digital animation to a client brief, use animation software to create the animation and be able to store, export and review the final product.

Course – OCR Cambridge National
Exam Board – OCR
Unit R081: Pre-production skills – Written paper OCR set and marked 1 hour 15 mins – 60 marks. Students answer all questions.
Unit R082: Creating digital graphics – Centre assessed tasks OCR moderated Approx. 10 hours – 60 marks
Unit R085: Creating a multipage website [optional unit] 60 marks
Unit R086: Creating a digital animation [optional unit] 60 marks

GCSE Computer Science
Students (years 9 – 10) study the OCR GCSE Computer Science. OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Computer Science will encourage students to:
• understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation
• analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
• think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
• understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
• understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
• apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.

There are 3 elements to the course including:
Computer systems
Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
Programming project

Course – OCR GCSE Computer Science
Exam Board – OCR
Computer systems – Written Paper 1 hour and 30 minutes 40%
Computational thinking, algorithms and programming – Written Paper 1 hour and 30 minutes 40%
Programming project Programming project – 40 marks – Totalling 20 hours 20%