In a world which is becoming increasingly reliant on technology, it is essential that our pupils receive the necessary ICT (Information and Communications Technology) skills to have an equal opportunity in life after The Moat. Pupils learn a variety of skills in ICT including animation, game making, video editing, robotics and image manipulation. This allows our pupils to express themselves creatively and demonstrate their ability using industry standard software programs.
Components of the ICT Curriculum
The KS3 Curriculum also allows pupils to gain an ICT qualification. This qualification requires pupils to learn complex spreadsheet formulas, accessing and utilising information, referencing, email strategies and organisation and the creation of public documents, which are all skills required in and relevant to the job market.
At The Moat School ICT is not offered as a GCSE. As an alternative, Year 9 pupils at The Moat School sit a Functional Skills qualification. This provides them with the necessary skills required to operate in a working environment. Last year many pupils sat the Level 2 Functional Skills ICT qualification. Successful candidates gain ½ of a GCSE.
ICT Teaching Strategies
There are a number of strategies used at The Moat School to help pupils access the curriculum. We provide the use of laptops and specialist software as well as paper based and interactive tutorials. We utilise overlearning and peer support (through both group and pair work). We teach through the differentiation of tasks and scaffolding while focusing on specific vocabulary and literacy.
At The Moat School, we provide teacher led demonstrations using specific software. We also largely encourage kinaesthetic learning techniques- which can have a far greater educational impact on students with SpLDs than lectures or other forms of traditional teaching methods. Using these approaches, we endeavour to cover a field that is constantly growing and changing.
A brief sampling of ICT related jobs include:
You can find specific information about the curriculum for each Year Group here: