Curriculum Intent 

The Technology team aim to develop resilient, independent and confident students who have practical and evaluative skills and analytical knowledge in our wide range of vocational subjects. 

Students are encouraged to foster globally-responsible attitudes through investigating materials, technological developments and an understanding of sustainability on a local, national and international level. 

All our subjects include an understanding of how the world works and going forward to anticipate jobs that have not yet even been created. Technology is an ever-expanding discipline that has problem solving at its core, is academic as well as practical, involves learning through doing and we hope above all, enjoyable. 

Gold Standard Teaching and Learning 

  • High expectation of pupil behaviour at all times 
  • Well planned and resourced series of lessons 
  • An expectation that pupils will accept responsibility for their own learning and work independently 
  • User of assessment criteria to be integral in developing students’ autonomy and understanding of their own progression and target setting 
  • Subject specific language to be used by the teacher and students, across both Key Stages, so that the students’ become completely familiar with technical vocabulary in lessons    
  • High demands of pupil involvement and engagement with their learning 
  • A range of practical, oral and writtenskills 
  • Use of a range of learning strategies to support students of all levels 
  • Stretch and challenge through questioning, modelling and via the variety of tasks set 
  • Assessment for learning 
  • Effective use of summative data to inform short, medium- and long-term planning 
  • DIRT 
  • Regular use of encouragement and rewards to engage and motivate pupils  

Key Stage 3 Overview 

Digital Studies 

Year 7 

When  What we are Studying?  
Autumn 1  E-Safety 
Autumn 2  How computers work 
Spring 1  PowerPoint skills 
Spring 2  Animation 
Summer 1  Python Programming 
Summer 2  Scratch 


Year 8 

When  What we are Studying?  
Autumn 1  DTP 
Autumn 2  Spreadsheet/Vodaphone Challenge 
Spring 1  Spreadsheets 
Spring 2  Web Design 
Summer 1  Kodu 
Summer 2  Database 


Key Stage 4 Overview 

Year 9 

When  What we are Studying?  
Autumn 1  R081 Theory 
Autumn 2  R081 Theory + R082 
Spring 1  R082 
Spring 2  R082 
Summer 1  R086 
Summer 2  R086 + Theory/PPE 


Year 10 

When  What we are Studying?   
Autumn 1  R086 
Autumn 2  R086 
Spring 1  R086/R081 Theory + PPE 
Spring 2  R085 
Summer 1  R085 
Summer 2  R085 


Year 11 2019-20 

When  What we are Studying?  
Autumn 1  R085/R086 Coursework 
Autumn 2  R081 Theory + PPE 
Spring 1  R085/R086 Coursework 
Spring 2  R081 Theory + PPE 
Summer 1  GCSE 


Key Stage 4 Examination Overview 

Exam Board Details: OCR 

OCR R081 25% Examination 

R082/R085/R086 75% Controlled Assessments 


What resources could I buy or borrow that will help my child? 

School revision resources for R081 

OCR Cambridge Nationals revision guide: Pre-production skills and creating digital graphics.  ISBN 978 1471 886683 


What are the key websites or Apps that my child could use?

OCR Creative I-Media 


What can I do to encourage my child to take a further interest in Digital Studies and Creative I-Media? 

Talk to child about their lessons 

Investigate Creative I-Media in everyday life – book covers, animation, websites, posters etc 


What after school or other extracurricular activities are available in Digital Studies and Creative I-Media and when are they? 

Coursework support sessions with staff 


Email links 

Chris Quigley

Kevin Oliver

Sophie Dutton-Johnson

Sue Rhodes – Head of Faculty


To find out more about the curriculum we are studying please contact staff via email