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Network International School

Network International School

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Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)

In Key Stage 3 students study Information and Communication Technology (ICT) where they develop practical skills in many packaged software applications such as: spreadsheets; word processing; database management; website creation; graphics editing. Students also learn computer programming using Scratch (a visual, block-based programming language) and in Year 9 they are introduced to Python. This allows them to become active creators and controllers of technology, instead of just being passive users.

ICT combines theory with practice throughout Key Stage 3 and students are always encouraged to reflect upon and discuss the ethical and moral issues related to technology.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

Students may continue to develop their ICT skills into Key Stage 4 by choosing the IGCSE ICT option, where theory continues to be combined with practice. The theory component is extremely broad covering almost every software application and every input/output device imaginable. Systems analysis and design is approached through a "real world" project at school and the effects of ICT on society are investigated. Practical work extends what has already been learned in Key Stage 3 such as creation of multi-table relational databases; use of HTML/CSS scripts to create websites rather than using a visual tool to generate them.  

Long Term Plans

The long term plans set out the programmes of study for the whole academic year and enables parents to see the topics being studied term by term.