ICT curriculum at Brownhills Ormiston Academy

The department’s vision.
• ICT at Brownhills Ormiston Academy provides pupils with an exciting and rigorous curriculum that address
the challenges and opportunities offered by the technologically rich world in which we live.
• Pupils will gain secure knowledge and skill which will encourage them to use technology to create ICT
solutions, solve problems and develop computational thinking skills.
• The pupils will develop cross curricular links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and
provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.
• Pupils will understand how computers work, how to be safe digital citizens and design and program robust
solutions. Pupils will incorporate ideas that help build the skills for successful enterprises that are transferable.
• Within the curriculum, ICT also ensures that pupils become digitally literate- able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
• With these skills pupils will then be able to relate their understanding of computing to real world scenarios
and develop their understanding of key skills that are required in a modern working environment.

Sequencing of lessons

In Year 7 pupils will study the following topics: Impact of technology, Modelling data, Networks from semaphores to the internet, Programming using scratch, and using the Media. In Year 8 pupils will develop their computing skills further by covering the following topics: Computer systems, Developing for the web, Programming using python, Media- vector graphics, Mobile app development and Representations- from clay to silicon.
In year 9 pupils develop core skills in which they are taught the principles that will equip them with the skills to achieve well in Year 10 and 11. Pupils are prepared with the knowledge to develop Excel, Word, Presentation, Publisher, and Access database skills.
When pupils enter Year 10 pupils will be taught about different technologies and how they can use them to gather,
store, manipulate and present data. Pupils will learn about tools and techniques for different digital hardware and
software technologies and how these can be used to manage and communicate data and information. Pupils will be
taught what data and information are and the legal, ethical, and moral considerations when using technology and how to reduce the risks of cyber-attacks. Through this qualification pupils will be able to select and use the most appropriate technology safely and effectively to complete a data management task.
Pupils will also learn to understand the relevance of and follow and complete a project life cycle of initiation, planning, execution, and evaluation to enable pupils to complete a data management task.


Key stage 3
Pupils will complete half termly assessment which will include key vocabulary tests, recall quizzes and end of Unit
assessments. The end of unit assessments will be a written exam or computer skills assessment to develop key
examination skills for Key stage 4.
Key stage 4
Unit R012 is assessed by examination and accounts for 50% of the overall award. Pupils will sit an exam to assess your knowledge and understanding of different technologies (hardware and software applications) and tools and techniques used to select, store, manipulate and present data and information.
Unit R013 is assessed by coursework and accounts for 50% of the overall award. Pupils will be assessed on what the
phases of the project life cycle are, the interaction between the phases and the inputs and outputs within each phase.
Pupils will need to understand the different risks associated with the collection, storage and use of data and how the
legal, moral, ethical and security issues can have an impact on organisations.

Curriculum in action

Knowledge Organisers

Year 9 IT

Year 10+11 IT