We follow the National Curriculum.

Key Stage 1

Children learn basic word processing skills.  They use programmes such as ‘Paint’ to become familiar with the toolbar and practise their mouse skills.  They use a variety of software, including CD Roms as well as websites to enhance topics and research.  Children also follow and write a sequence of instructions for a battery operated toy such as Bebop.

Key Stage 2 Years 3 & 4
Pupils learn to:
Communicate Ideas – Text & Graphics; Developing Images; Exchanging Information; e-safety.
Make Things Happen – Modelling; Flowcharts; Simple algorithms.
Find Information – Databases; Research.

Key Stage 2 Years 5 & 6
Pupils extend and develop topics studied in Years 3 & 4:
Communicating Ideas – Multimedia; Exchanging Information; Web Pages; e-safety.
Making Things Happen- Modelling; Simple Control Systems.
Finding Information – Databases; Research.

Key Stages 3 & 4

Ms Townsend takes ICT for the whole senior school.

ICT is part of the curriculum for all pupils in Years 7 to 11 and at Key Stage 3 it generally follows the recommended National Curriculum themes.

Year 7   Students learn from the ICT National Curriculum and will use word processing, presentation, spread-sheets, databases and desktop publishing software. E-safety is also a key area of learning in Year 7.

Year 8   ICT is taught using project work to integrate all computer software learnt in Year 7 building on and applying their knowledge as well as introducing new advanced software to enhance their publications.

Year 9   Students begin to use more advanced features of software to enhance the quality of their work. Students complete self and peer -assessment throughout the year as well as regular teacher assessments.

Lesson Times

Years 7, 8 & 9:    1 x 70 minutes per week.


Years 7, 8 & 9:    1 x 30 minutes per week.

Key Stage 4 Year 10 & 11

At Key Stage 4 students study the OCR Cambridge National Certificate in ICT worth 1 GCSE. Students learn how to create and edit video, animations, products for the web and skills for use in business.

Students will be able to demonstrate their creative flair by combining multimedia components to create a vibrant, energetic or stimulating www, webpage, or interactive product.

Interactive products are used widely in everyday life; from visiting a website, ordering online products, using mobile phone applications, viewing a presentation, e-learning products or playing computer games.  They will learn skills that would be expected in creative media industries such as advertising, music and online marketing. Learners will have the opportunity to learn about dynamic products such as music recordings and/or mixes; video/media news clips and animation for webpages before going on to create their own dynamic product.

Units Covered

Core Unit R001: Understanding computer systems

Core Unit R002: Using ICT to create business solutions

Unit R005: Creating an interactive product using multimedia

Unit R007: Creating dynamic products using sound and vision

Lesson Times

Year 10:                2 x 70 minutes per week

Year 11:                2 x 100 minutes per week


Year 10 – 1 x 45 minutes per week

Year 11 – 1x 60 minutes per week