ICT, Computer Science & Media


ICT/Computer Science Key Stage 3

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

  • Use resources like 'lightbot' to develop basic programming.
  • Use resources from 'code.org' to develop basic programming.
  • Download 'scratch' and other game-making programs to help develop programming and understand logic.
  • Investigate apps to support learning – for example appshed which is a free subscription.
  • Investigate and use Java script.

What wider reading can be completed to support the curriculum?

  • Lift-the-Flap Computers and Coding – Rosie Dickins.
  • Coding for Beginners: Using Python – Louie Stowell.
  • A Beginner's Guide to Coding – Marc Scott.

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

www.code.org
www.lightbot.com
www.codeacademy.com
www.codeavengers.com
www.kidscodecs.com

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Encourage your son or daughter to teach you or a sibling/other relative the skills they have learnt in the Academy (even if you think you know how to do the skill already).
  • Encourage your son or daughter to learn to touch-type; there are many free programs and apps available.
  • Discuss the IT controls you have in use in the home and why you consider it vital to monitor certain access to computers and mobile devices.

ICT/Computer Science Key Stage 4

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

  • Student could extend understanding through reading texts such as Computer Weekly.
  • Students could download free creative packages such as GIMP and Inkscape to help them develop their bitmap and vector images skills.
  • Download 'python' and other programs to help develop programming and understand logic.
  • Investigate apps to support learning – for example appshed which is a free subscription.
  • Investigate and use Java script.

What wider reading can be completed to support the curriculum?

  • Beginning Java – Ivan Horton.
  • Teach Yourself Java – Roger Cadenhead.
  • Python Programming for Absolute Beginners – Michael Dawson.

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

www.computerweekly.com
www.thenewboston
www.youtube.com - (programming tutorials).
www.codeschool.com
www.udacity.com

Can television assist with supporting the curriculum?

  • Students could watch BBC Click Gadget show www.bbc.co.uk/programmes for interesting insights into advancement in technology.

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Encourage your son or daughter to teach you or a sibling/other relative the skills they have learnt in the Academy (even if you think you know how to do the skill already).
  • Encourage your son or daughter to learn to touch-type; there are many free programs and apps available.
  • Discuss the IT controls you have in use in the home and why you consider it vital to monitor certain access to computers and mobile devices.

ICT Key Stage 5

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

  • Work with clients to help develop their database to meet the requirements.
  • Students will need to read widely to keep up to date with changes in technology.
  • Students can use networking software to help plan network requirements.
  • Keep up to date on cyber-attacks in the news - the type of attacks and their overall effects.
  • Keep up to date with examination questions to improve examination techniques.
  • Get involved in supporting lunchtime clubs or after-Academy clubs with Key Stage 3 or 4 students.
  • Support Key Stage 4 ICT and Computer Science lessons in students' free time as part of enrichment.

What wider reading can be completed to support the curriculum?

  • WJEC A2 ICT.
  • A Level Microsoft Access.
  • Gadget magazines (T3 & Stuff).
  • CompTia Network+.
  • ComptTia Security+.
  • CompTia A+.

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

www.teach-ict.com
www.google.co.uk
www.cisco.com
www.gns3vault.com
www.redmondmag.com

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Encourage your son or daughter to teach you or a sibling/other relative the skills they have learnt in the Academy (even if you think you know how to do the skill already).
  • Encourage your son or daughter to learn to touch-type; there are many free programs and aps available.
  • Discuss the IT controls you have in use in the home and why you consider it vital to monitor certain access to computers and mobile devices.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to set up a home network for the family to use to help complete work or for entertainment purposes.

Media Key Stage 5

What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?

  • Students can practise using cameras in their own time in preparation for the coursework element of the qualification.
  • Reading national newspapers, both broadsheet and tabloid in order to keep abreast of social and technological issues.
  • Engaging with online news/apps to keep up to date with current affairs.
  • Watching recent film trailers and completing independent analysis of them.
  • Engaging in any media content (films, tv shows, radio, etc.)
  • Engaging in projects around the Academy such as assisting at Presentation Evenings, Taster Days, Open Days, the compilation of Academy promotional videos.
  • Assist with the KS4 Photoshop Club and other extra-curricular activities that involve creativity in photography, moving image and sound.
  • Read around key media concepts and critical debates.
  • Extended reading of the work of media theorists.
  • Using youtube to access advanced photography and Photoshop techniques.
  • Complete independent work on breaking down text into use of codes and conventions, considering how meaning is created and the purpose/effect on the audience.
  • Go beyond their comfort zone to broaden understanding of genre, representation, narrative, institution and media language.

What wider reading can be completed to support the curriculum?

  • WJEC/Eduqas Media Studies for A Level Yr. 1 & AS: Student Book.
  • WJEC/Eduqas Media Studies for A Level Yr. 2 & A2: Student Book.
  • Key Concepts & Skills for Media Studies - Vivienne Clark, James Baker and Eileen Lewis.
  • WJEC AS Media Revision Guide - Illuminate Publishing – Christine Bell.
  • WJEC A2 Media Revision Guide - Illuminate Publishing – Christine Bell.

What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?

www.museumsassociation.org
www.mediaknowall.com
www.theory.org.uk

How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?

  • Discuss the media and its influence on society with your son or daughter. Discuss key issues and ideas evident in the news, in magazines and in on-line articles.
  • There are often extension activities as part of your son's or daughter's set homework projects, or ambitious ways of approaching their individual projects. Ask your son or daughter to share how they intend to challenge themselves!
  • Watch films related to key themes of media exploration in the Academy and discuss the ideas explored.
  • Visit places of interest to support study of concepts: local newspaper offices; Warner Brothers Studios; National Science and Media Museum.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to become involved in amateur theatre production to complete technical work such as filming, sound and lighting.

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