ICT/ Computing

ICT is used in all aspects of life. We aim to provide pupils with a broad curriculum that will allow them to successfully and safely use technology throughout their life. In February we have a whole school E-safety day in order to allow pupils to share their thoughts and ideas on the subject. 

Pupils take part in a single Computing lesson in Years 7 and 8 and a double lesson in Years 9, 10 and 11. 

In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils study programming, e-safety, changes in computing, how to use Microsoft office to accomplish tasks and an Entry Level qualification in Computing. 

Pupils will then develop these skills further in Year 10 by possibly working towards a qualification in Computing. 

Year 11 pupils are given the opportunity to study Creative Media or are developing their ICT skills further.


Digital Literacy

All pupils in school will study e-safety as a discrete lesson each year. E-safety is of course part of our whole school ethos and is taught and discussed where needed throughout the school.

When pupils study e-safety they will cover a range of topics depending on their ability. The areas covered include:

  • Stranger danger
  • The SMART rules
  • The positives and dangers of posting online
  • Respect for others online
  • Social media
  • Netiquette
  • Understand what the internet is and how to use it safely
  • Sources of information which are good
  • Validity of websites
  • Protecting online identity
  • Dangers of downloading
  • Respect online
  • Cyber bullying
  • Copyright and plagiarism
  • Digital footprint
  • Online gaming


Information Technology

During Computing topics, pupils have the chance to develop their basic ICT skills. During these lessons pupils are taught new skills, or how to apply skills to a range of situations in the following areas. The topics covered are dependent on pupil ability and skills are built on throughout the years.

  • Microsoft Office skills including Word, PowerPoint, Publisher and Excel
  • Email including safe practises, netiquette and who and when we should email certain people
  • Types of technology and their uses
  • Research skills
  • Typing skills to encourage letter recognition and position on a keyboard
  • Using technology purposefully to create, store, organise, manipulate and retrieve information
  • Encourage creativity
  • Use photos and film to enhance work


Computer Science

This element of the course teaches programming and the computational elements. Again, dependent on ability different skills will be taught throughout their time at Sutton, allowing pupils to progress at their own speed.  In school we have a range of resources to teach this including beebots, pivot, Scratch, Lego Wedo, Mindstorms and Zu3D.  We focus on the following:

  • Ordering
  • Use of direction
  • Angles
  • Repetition
  • Clear instructions
  • Loops
  • Variables


Entry Level Computing is offered in Years 9 & 10. Pupils are required to complete three key areas. These are:


  • Hardware, software and logic
    • Hardware
      • Components of the computer
      • Internal components of the computer and their function
      • Peripherals and their function
    • Software
      • Functions of an operating system
      • Types of application software in different contexts
      • Types of system software in different contexts
      • Types of utility sof tware in different contexts
    • Logic
      • Binary numbers
      • Logic gates
      • Sequencing of instructions
  • Programming
    • Planning a program
    • Variables
    • Input and output of data
    • Sequencing
    • Use of “IF” statements and Boolean logic “a=b” and “a>b”
    • Loops
    • Operators “+”, “-“, “*”, “/”
  • Trends in Computing
    • Ethical, social and legal implications
    • Technical terms to describe their development
    • Examples of the technology
    • Describe a development in computer technology

Year 11

In Year 11 pupils have the opportunity to study Creative Media. This year they will complete Unit 4 if they are completing Entry Level Creative Media or Units 7 & 8 if they are completing L1 Creative Media.


Unit 4: Creating Images Digitally

In this unit pupils will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed to produce digital images. They will use a variety of hardware to capture images. Pupils will also create and edit images digitally in a variety of formats for different uses and be able to comment on their own work.

Emphasis is on pupils being able to use chosen software and hardware to demonstrate their image capture, creation and editing skills to produce outcomes that suit their own purpose, or the purpose of a group of pupils.


Unit 7: Developing Video Products

The aim of this unit is to provide pupils with knowledge of the basic techniques and technology of video production and the skills required.

Emphasis of this unit is on the processes involved in video production work. After an initial investigation of video production techniques learners will work through the three stages of pre-production, production and post-production, to produce a video product.


Unit 8: Exploring Digital Photography

Photography has a wide range of applications within the media sector, including photo-journalism, advertising and fashion photography, as well as applications such as wedding and portrait photography.

This unit is an introduction to digital photography and is intended to enable pupils to explore basic techniques, equipment and materials in order to produce digital photographs.

Pupils will explore the processes involved in digital photography and will develop ideas for their own photographic work inspired by an agreed theme. This will encourage them to create a range of photographic images. They will then review their work.

Although pupils will work independently on some tasks in all of these units, there are also opportunities to work effectively as a team by contributing their ideas during group discussions and given appropriate feedback to others to help improve their work.