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Mr Matt Edmunds
What are we studying?
Students will complete up to 6 units of work over the year.
Year 7 is a critical year for establishing key computational thinking skills. Students will be studying:
What is in a computer?
Computational thinking for algorithms
Programming with Scratch
How are we assessed?
Each topic lasts for 1 six or seven week term. Within each short term we have one ‘mid-term’ assessment quizzes and an end of unit assessment task coming at the project conclusion. Assessment can be in the form of knowledge based tests, or a more general assessment of attainment through assessing the product of the project work. Homework may form part of the overall assessment picture. Tasks set on Google Classroom give each ICT teacher an overview of progress and attainment.
How are we grouped?
Groupings in Year 7 are initially based on the KS2 SATs scores and students are placed into one of 2 bands accordingly to ability; each band having 3 sets. For the whole of Year 7 students will be in the same set for Science.
These groups are reviewed and adjusted and anyone clearly mis-placed is moved as soon as possible. Set changes during the course of Year 7 are difficult because there needs to be agreement between subjects to any moves. Therefore it is often the case that set movements do not take place until the end of the year. These movements will be based on assessments and work completed during the course of Year 7.
What homework are we expected to do?
Per 6 week term, there are generally 2 key homework tasks that a student will complete. Usually the tasks will be based on the school’s homework system. Some units of work may require longer preparation and may be in the form of mini-projects completed independently by the students. Tracking, feedback and marking are all controlled on the Show my Homework.
What can parents do to help?
A PC at home would be advantageous. There is no requirement for a student to have his or her own computer/laptop/tablet. A broadband connection to the internet would allow easy access to Google Classroom or Show my homework. All software that we use in class is either free to download at home, or has free equivalents with compatibility.