ICT at OBA inspires young people to ‘dare to shine’ every single day and aims to develop confident students who can confidently use technology to assist them in every day jobs. The OBA ICT Subject Team are committed to planning, developing and delivering a curriculum which develops skills and knowledge in computer science and digital technologies to prepare them for a future in a world where the use of this technology is fully embodied.
In our local area of Halton, 5.4% of the population are employed in the IT sector, which is statistically higher than the UK and Northwest national statistic of 4.2%. We wish to provide pupils with a variety of skills and software, enthusing them to understand other digital technologies not just the user interface they currently operate. At the heart of this is the desire to deliver a curriculum which combines computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Students are encouraged to develop their resilience in the solving of real-world problems leading to the production of high-quality outcomes. We aim to enable students to develop a love for the subject and an understanding that there are no limits to their own development in using and applying IT. This is achieved through imaginative teaching and learning through applied learning opportunities that embraces new technologies in our rapidly changing world.
We aim to encourage a respectful, creative and innovative atmosphere, which allows students to take risks and experiment in a safe and positive environment thus developing important life skills. The principles of computational thinking will aid students with their learning looking specifically at how digital systems work, combined with ensuring all are digitally literate and able to use, and express themselves through ICT. Students will be given guidance on how to work safely on-line so that it will be second nature to carry out all the necessary steps for their own safety as well as those around them. We pride ourselves on providing a varied curriculum, which develops our pupils to be well educated and digitally literate, enabling them to take their studies further, onto Higher education if they desire and ultimately dependent other aptitudes and ambitions a career, with 85% of the jobs predicted to be available in 2030, not even being invented yet!
During KS3 students have access to one hour of ICT per week during which they focus on a variety of different topics gaining knowledge to provide every student with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of all aspects of IT and computing as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. We achieve this by providing a hybrid model approach to KS3 in IT following the NC strands and preparing students with a platform of technical skills across a variety of different software's combined with the knowledge of how computers and computer systems work. Students will be encouraged to develop their skills which link into the pathway of study at KS4.
Throughout the unit of work pupils are assessed based upon the skills developed in that topic of work, meaning that they will receive verbal feedback regularly from teacher and peer assessment on the work created on the computer and the skills demonstrated. The modelling of practical work, and verbal contributions are a permanent feature of IT lessons at OBA.
At KS4 students can pick from a variety of career pathways including OCR 9 -1 Computer Science and BTEC Tech Award Digital information Technology . By studying Digital Information Technology you will develop a variety of skills and knowledge of software, understanding other digital technologies not just the user interface you currently operate. You will be encouraged to develop your resilience in the solving of real-world problems leading to the production of high-quality outcomes. We aim to enable students to develop a love for the subject and an understanding that there are no limits to their own development in using and applying IT. This is achieved through imaginative teaching and learning through applied learning opportunities that embraces new technologies in our rapidly changing world. Computer Science will show you how to solve the most complex problems, whilst learning not only what a computer does but the science of the moving parts inside. When you look through the app store, there is an app for everything, all programmed by a computer scientist? Technology is all around you and through this course you can learn not only how to use it but how it works and how we could program it to become even better! Computer science is a dynamic and rapidly growing industry that every year goes from strength to strength; having qualification in this will allow you to have a deeper understanding of the theories in computer science and the skills to be confident with emerging technologies.
At KS5 students can study BTEC IT which follows the same structure as the BTEC DIT at KS4 with a combined approach to coursework and external exams on a variety of different topics including how IT is used within society, social media, databases and spreadsheets.
KS4: GCSE DIT and CS
We are very lucky to have state of the art facilities at OBA. We have 8 IT classrooms; which all have full Desktop computers and IWB. We have a range of software installed on the network including the full Office suite, the Adobe suit and Serif. We have some robots, virtual reality googles, I can animate sets and a variety of hardware for modelling and demonstrating.
extra curricular and Enrichment:
We offer an extensive range of enrichment opportunities throughout key stage 3-5. Students have the opportunity to take part in digital enrichment club for KS3 where they can use different software such as Scratch, graphics, I can animate and the Xbox to further develop their technical skills.
Revision classes are available for all students before they sit KS4 Exams and the KS5 practical exam. There are allocated revision sessions both after school and of a Saturday in preparation for external exams.
There are KS3 drop in session in the week for pupils to catch up on the computers or complete their classwork and homework. Additional revision classes are available for all students before they sit the GCSE external exam and the practical assessment.