North Shore Academy

Inspiring Healthy Minds

ICT

In recent years, Information and Communication Technology has quickly become a dynamic ingredient for teaching, learning, administration and communication in education. At North Shore Academy, we have taken a number of great steps in keeping pace with these exciting changes.

The aim of the department is to provide students with the necessary skills and facilities they need to benefit fully from the curriculum they choose to study. We wish to create life-long learners, so our students leave the Academy with the ability to use ICT fully to their advantage in further/higher education or in the work place.

Our ICT curriculum ensures that all students will develop the ability to:

Access a wide range of up-to-date online learning materials and activities.
Demonstrate efficiency in analysing tasks and identifying information required to complete the tasks successfully.
Use information sources effectively to retrieve desired information.
Use ICT skills to produce answers and solutions to the highest standard.
Be able to share and present information.
Communicate using appropriate ICT based systems.
Evaluate the effectiveness of their own and others uses of information sources and ICT skills and make justified suggestions for improvement.
Reflect critically on the social, moral, economical and ethical impact that ICT has on their lives.

We have impressive state-of-the-art ICT facilities equipped with the latest Apple iMacs and Macbook Laptops. There are seven ICT suites throughout the Academy with dual boot Apple Macs running Windows 7 and Mac OS X. These ICT suites are equipped with peripherals such as scanners, ereaders, ipads, ipods, colour and mono photocopier printers and digital cameras. Staff and students use follow-me' technology to enable them to print or scan anywhere in the academy whilst on the move. Students are given the opportunity to work with industry standard software such as AdobeCreative Suite,Microsoft Office 2010, Mediator and CrazyTalk.

KS3

We aim to make ICT diverse and exciting, encouraging all pupils to understand the effects of ICT on their lives, through to local and global markets.

Year 7 & 8

In KS3 students operate on a carousel system receiving two hours of ICT a week. In years 7 and 8 they are taught for one term and in year 9 they are taught for 9 weeks.

KS4

Students choose ICT as an option in KS4 studying for 3 hours a week in both Year 10 and 11.

Students study Cambridge Nationals ICT Level 2. This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. There are four units to study two of which are optional, two are mandatory.

Assessment

Unit R001: Understanding computer systems is assessed through a 1 hour examination. Unit R002: Using ICT to create business solutions and other optional units are centre-assessed and moderated externally.