ICT/Computer Science


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.

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