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Ridgewood

School

IT and Computing

Our IT Department take on the ambitious challenge of ‘Developing confidence and curiosity in IT and Computing, continually aiming to solve problems in the most efficient and effective way.’

Through the IT and Computing Curriculum at Ridgewood School, we encompass the knowledge, understanding and skills of the IT world. This is developed through problem solving and computational thinking. We offer a multitude of topics which will develop independent, creative learners who have a broad and balanced awareness of ICT in society. We endeavour to provide a creative, engaging curriculum which inspires our students for their future pathways. 

Our IT and Computing Curriculum will provide students with the opportunity to: 

  • Become safe users of technology and the internet. 
  • Use the school IT systems effectively, including for remote learning. 
  • Become familiar with a range of software to support their progression. 
  • Develop computational thinking skills to create and engage with script-based programming.  
  • Be supported with their creativity and independence throughout their learning. 

For more information about A level Computing or OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Digital Media, please visit our Sixth Form course pages.

KS3 

Overview of topics:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Assessment:

Students are assessed using the Ridgewood STEPS programme. Each year group is baselined to give us accurate starting points. Students are provided with STEPS grids for each unit of work to monitor their ongoing progress.

Useful web links:

www.teach-ict.com

www.scratch.org

www.codecademy.com

www.w3schools.com

https://scratch.mit.edu

KS4 

Overview of topics:

There are two IT-based qualifications available at KS4: Computer Science (OCR) and iMedia (OCR Cambridge Nationals).

Details of the curriculum for these can be downloaded from this page.

Useful web links:

www.teach-ict.com

www.codecademy.com

www.w3schools.com

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/creative-imedia-level-1-2-award-certificate-j807-j817/

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/


Please get in touch via the enquiry form on our Contact Us page, should you have any further questions about our IT Curriculum or to speak directly to our Leader of IT, Miss Emma Wear.