Information Communication Technology (ICT)

The KS3 curriculum has been designed to ensure learners have sufficient knowledge to stay safe online and use computers safely in life.  Our intention is to develop learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding through key computational concepts and experience. The KS3 curriculum also provides a focus on developing resilient learners who are able to recover from mistakes and effectively solve problems.

The topics at KS3 give a basis of knowledge, skills and understanding to allow students to progress onto either ICT or Interactive Media at KS4 and will also provide exposure to Computer Science so that students can make an informed decision on their GCSE choices.

The rationale of the KS4 curriculum is for students to develop digital literacy skills or media skills built upon the foundations at KS3. Learners have the opportunity to develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in digital media and information technology.

In Computing we implement this through the delivery of a high quality of education which places developing the computing concepts at the forefront of planning. Each scheme of learning is prefaced by its own intent, implementation and impact rationale, underpinned by a deep understanding of the computational concepts. In the schemes of learning assessment is a meaningful vehicle for learning, of learning and as learning to ensure we make a profound positive difference to all students. Various quality assurance activities are undertaken to rigorously ensure that the implementation of the computing curriculum has maximum impact.

The Computing curriculum at Maplewell will make a profound, positive impact to the outcomes of all students. Students will be equipped with traits that reflect resilient learners who are both digitally literate and E-safe. We will know that this is true as we are delivering a high standard of education, quality assured through qualitative and quantitative measures such as:

* Attainment and Achievement outcomes
* Observing lessons and scrutinising planning
* Standards of learning on Google Classroom
* Student voice
* Destination data
* Attendance data
* Behaviour data

ICT is taught on timetable to all pupils at Maplewell, and includes a course of ICT skills that will allow them to continue to develop as confident and enthusiastic users of various software applications to aid and enhance their school work and studies.

Each term during ICT lessons we cover at least one element of Online Safety.

Parents are encouraged to check out National Online Safety (NOS).  Here you will find social media guides for parents for popular apps and games and information leaflets about the latest topics in Online Safety.  NOS update this hub regularly with the most current information.


Route A   Route B   Route C   Route D
Year 7 ICT 1 ICT 1 ICT 1 ICT 1
Year 8 ICT 2 ICT 2 & 3 ICT 2 & 3 E-Safety
Year 9
Year 10 ICT User skills – Level 1/2  Cambridge Nationals – Level 1/2 Award  Cambridge Nationals – Level 1/2 Certificate Cambridge Nationals – Level 1/2 Certificate


IMEDIA – Level 1/2 Certificate

Year 11
KS5 Options
K5 ICT User skills


Year 7 ICT
One lesson per week

Maplewell Students’ first year comprises of two main areas; the development of fundamental skills using technology and online safety.

Year 8 & 9 ICT
One lesson per week

Students continue to develop the essential skills required for the world of work and their understanding of the appropriate use of technology. Students start to work on a wider range of software, including; Microsoft Office products, Scratch and Serif video editing.

Year 10 & 11 ICT (Level 1 & Level 2)

One lesson per week

Students in Year 10 work towards a qualification in IT user skills, open systems and enterprise. The qualification continues to develop the same essential skills from Key Stage 3 with a further development focus on user needs.

Year 10 Interactive Media (Level 1 & Level 2)

Three lessons per week

Interactive media is the integration of digital media including combinations of electronic text, graphics, moving images and sound into a structured digital computerised environment that allows people to interact with the data for appropriate purposes.

Internally assessed and externally quality assured portfolio of evidence and externally set question paper/assignment.