At The Totteridge Academy we use the "ICT Smart Skills Builder" programme for Year 7 & 8.

The course is structured into a range of student friendly units of work. Each unit is built around a series of tutorials that introduce students to software skills, concepts and key terms. Students will work with a range of software including:

• Presentation Software

• Web Authoring, Graphics and Video Software

• Desktop Publishing Packages

• Data Handling and Modelling Software

• Desktop Publishing Packages

• Game Making Software for sequencing instructions

• The Internet for research and gathering information

Year 9 students follow the OCR Nationals Level 2 ICT course and will be expected to gain an OCR National Award which is the fully accredited equivalent of two GCSEs (A*-C) at the end of Year 11.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Unit 7.0 - Moving On Up: Internet Communications & E-Safety        

Unit 7.1 - Where I Live: Multimedia Presentation

Unit 7.2 - Bizarre Facts: Internet Research & Information Gathering

Unit 7.3 - Endangered Animals: Desktop Publishing & Podcasting

Unit 7.4 - Extreme Sports: Financial Modelling & Marketing

Unit 7.5 - Murder Most Horrid: Exploring Databases

Unit 7.6 - Game On: Games Design & Programming


Unit 8.1 - Environmental Tourists: Datalogging & Information Systems

Unit 8.2 - Jump on the Bandwagon: Website Authoring & Design

Unit 8.3 - The Information Superhighway: Internet Research & Information Gathering

Unit 8.4 - Band Manager: Spreadsheet Modelling

 Unit 8.5 - Game Plan: Sequencing Instructions & Game Design

Unit 8.6 - Mind Your Own Business: Planning, Marketing, Podcasting & Video Editing


OCR Unit 1 - ICT Skills for Business:

AO1: Standard Ways of Working

AO2: Email & Internet Skills

AO3: Business Presentation

OCR Unit 1 - ICT Skills for Business (cont'd):

AO4: Business Documents

AO5: Spreadsheet Skills

AO6: Database Skills

OCR Unit 21: Computer Graphics:

AO1: Research Web Graphics

AO2: Plan/Design Web Graphics

AO3: Create a Navigation Bar

AO4: Create Navigation Buttons

AO5: Create an Advertising Banner

AO6: Client Presentation

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