Overview of ICT at OLA

      Information and Communication Technology skills are as vital as literacy and numeracy in today’s world.  Digital literacy is both taught and embedded in what we do at OLA.  ICT is taught in Years 7 to 11, with electronic systems such as our Firefly VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) and email underpinning pupils’ learning.

      ICT is part of the core curriculum followed by all pupils in Years 7 to 9 and is an optional subject in Years 10 and 11.

      We have excellent facilities for pupils across the school with two large computer suites for general use and a dedicated 6th Form Study equipped with computers.

      Years 7 to 9 ICT Curriculum  

      This curriculum builds on pupils’ achievements at primary school and introduces new ICT skills and computing concepts.  Pupils are given the opportunity to develop technical skills using software in Microsoft Office 2010 Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Desktop Publishing.  They also learn to code and write their own scripts in Scratch and Python.  Pupils use a wide range of other applications including web browsers, graphics and web authoring software.  These skills are also applied to their learning in other subjects.  ICT lessons are compulsory for Years 7 to 9 and cover the following topics:-

      Year 7

      • Network and Health and Safety issues
      • E-safety, cyber bullying
      • Spreadsheets - spreadsheet design (using formulae and functions)
      • Spreadsheets - graphs/charts
      • Coding – introduction using Scratch
      • Databases - creating a database and running queries
      • Databases - solving a murder mystery
      • Presentation – preparing a quiz on a chosen topic
      • Word processing – formatting, styles

      Year 8

      • E-safety, cyber bullying, social networking sites
      • Graphics – logo design
      • Types of publication and their purpose
      • Spreadsheets – more advanced formulae and modelling
      • Databases – more complex queries, validation and reports
      • Coding – introduction to Python and Raspberry Pi

      Year 9

      In Year 9, pupils consolidate their learning and develop their ICT skills in a large project.  The Wolvercote Cinema project includes resolving various problems using ICT skills such as: website design and desktop publishing to create an advert and a leaflet.  They also use word processing and a spreadsheet to create a letter and database which can then be mail merged.  Word processing is used to write a report and a database is used for customers and for employees with a spreadsheet for wages and modelling profits.  Pupils also learn about computer systems and the History of computers in Year 9.


      The work in Years 7 to 9 is assessed in various ways, for example, classwork and homework assignments, end of topic tests and an end of year examination usually held after the May half term break.

      Co-curricular ICT Activities in Years 7 to 9

      Mrs Okeke runs a Programming Club once a week giving pupils the opportunity to improve their coding skills (Python).

      Year 10 ICT Curriculum

      OCR Cambridge National Certificate in ICT      

      The OCR Cambridge Nationals are new qualifications that take an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment.  The Certificate is a GCSE equivalent qualification and will take the same amount of time as a GCSE subject to complete (4 lessons a week over two years).

      On this course pupils will:-

      • Develop a broad range of skills and knowledge using ICT applications
      • Create knowledge and understanding of information systems within a range of organisations
      • Build an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using ICT
      • Develop project management skills and an understanding of the need to work with others

      This course is assessed as follows:-

      • R001: Understanding computer systems, 25%, examined at the end of Year 10.
      • R002: Using ICT to create business solutions, 25%, School-assessed tasks in Year 10.
      • R003: Handling data using spreadsheets, 25%, School-assessed tasks in Year 11.
      • R005: Creating an interactive product using multimedia components, 25%, School-assessed tasks in Year 11.

      There are no additional costs associated with this course.

      Year 11 ICT Curriculum

      OCR GCSE ICT Specification Code J461

      This course offers  gives opportunities to work with a variety of technologies and offers candidates choices such as web design, games design or computing, making it engaging and enjoyable to study.

      Unit B061: ICT in Today’s World

      Candidates study a range of ICT systems as used in the home, at school and in society.  They need to be aware of current and emerging technologies and their impact on society.

      Unit B062: Practical Applications in ICT

      Candidates study a range of everyday software applications to be able to manipulate and process data and other information effectively and efficiently and to present information in a format suitable for purpose and audience.  They will select from a range of set tasks written to enable them to demonstrate their practical ICT ability.

      Unit B063: ICT in Context

      Candidates study a range of ICT systems, components, technologies and applications.  The questions are based on pre-release material, relating to specified organisation(s) and its/their use of ICT.

      Unit B064: Creative use of ICT

      Candidates study a range of creative software applications in order to create a solution to a given problem.  They should also be aware of how to analyse the problem as well as designing, developing, testing and evaluating a solution to the problem.  Pupils should be able to develop a website, a presentation or a computer game.

      Unit B065: Coding a solution

      Candidates will identify a potential coded solution to a problem using basic programming techniques.  The scenario will be sufficiently open to allow a variety of viable solutions.

      Pupils can choose either B064 or B065.  The other 3 Units (B061, B062 & B063) are compulsory.

      This course is assessed as follows:-

      Unit B061: Written Paper (1hour) -20%, examined at the end of Year 11

      Unit B062: Controlled Assessment-30%, in Year 10

      Unit B063: Written Paper (1hour) -20%, examined at the end of Year 11

      Unit B064: Controlled Assessment-30%, in Year 11


      Unit B065: Controlled Assessment-30%, in Year 11

      Revised January 2017