Moon Hall College ICT

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 pupils work on units which are mapped against the new Computing Curriculum. They explore many different aspects of Computing and work is often project based, although discrete skills are also taught.

Students explore computational thinking through class activities and the use of relevant software. In particular, FlowOl is used to model real world situations and to develop algorithms to control events. Programming is taught using Scratch, and in addition students explore some text languages such as HTML and LOGO. Internet searching and internet technologies form part of the new curriculum, and we put an emphasis on finding reliable and trustworthy information as this can be particularly challenging for those with dyslexia. Students also learn about hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and gain understanding of how these communicate with one another.

Theoretical learning is embedded within creative units, and so students are still developing skills such as video editing, podcasting (audio editing) and graphic design. Several cross-curricular projects are integral in the curriculum. In particular, the risks of ICT including internet safety and the use of social networking sites are explored through PSHE as well as through Computing lessons.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students in Year 11 are currently completing the BTEC First Award in Information and Creative Technology.

In Year 10, we have moved to the EdExcel GCSE ICT. This is a linear course; it is assessed at the end of Year 11.

Students complete two units. Unit 1 ‘Living in a Digital World’ (worth 40%) is a theory unit that covers topics such as

  • digital devices
  • connectivity
  • operating online
  • online goods and services
  • online communities
  • and issues relating to ICT.

Unit 2 ‘Using Digital Tools’ (worth 60%) is a practical unit. Students use a range of digital tools and techniques to complete set tasks and produce high quality products. They also learn to reflect critically on their own and other’s work, and to work responsibly.

We are keen to develop the use of assistive technologies for our students. Students have access to specialist software such as Read and Write screen reading software and Dragon NaturallySpeaking dictation software. Touch typing is timetabled for all students in Y7 and Y8 within skills lessons. A range of hardware is available for the students to use including digital cameras, graphics tablets and video cameras with tripods.  The School is developing the use of a learning platform (Moodle), allowing the students to access resources and to complete work from home if required.