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MySchoolsite.net and it’s relation to the
National Curriculum at KS3


Schools SiteMaker is highly suitable for ICT projects covering the creation and publication of online content. Additionally, it supports learning which is critical to the KS3 ICT, English, Maths, Design Technology, History, Geography and Art curriculum.

This page aims to provide the curriculum links needed for planning your lessons and to give you some ideas on how the product could be utilized in cross-curricular projects.

Each reference number identifies the DFES National Curriculum specification for each Key Stage 3 subject.


ICT
English
Maths
Design and Technology
History and Geography



ICT

MySchoolsite.net offers a variety of ways to teach and enrich the ICT curriculum from empowering pupils with technological skills, to understanding the importance and influence ICT has on today’s society.

Each reference number identifies the DFES National Curriculum specification for each Key Stage 3 subject.

Exchanging and sharing information

3) Pupils should be taught:

a) how to interpret information and present it in a variety of forms that are fit for purpose

b) to use a range of ICT tools efficiently to create good quality presentations in a form that is sensitive to the needs of particular audiences and suits the information content

c) how to use ICT, to share and exchange information effectively[ for example, creating online information sources, or shared project websites ]

SiteMaker can be used to publish and present information in a variety of ways. It is a modern, powerful tool, relevant and appropriate to today’s industries.

Why not set up a project site for pupils to share information on, or make site development part of the project?


Reviewing, modifying and evaluating work as it progresses

4)Pupils should be taught to:

a) reflect critically on their own and others' uses of ICT to help them develop and improve their ideas and the quality of their work

b) share their views and experiences of ICT, considering the range of its uses and talking about its significance to individuals, communities and society [ in particular how internet has influenced international communication]

Breadth of study

5) During the key stage, pupils should be taught the Knowledge, skills and understanding through:

a) working with a range of information to consider its characteristics, structure, organisation and purposes [ for example, using web software to deliver information ]

c) designing information systems [ for example, evaluating a web site or designing and producing a web presentation for a cross curricular topic ]

d) comparing their use of ICT with its use in the wider world

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English

MySchoolsite.net provides an excellent forum for speaking, listening, reading and writing activities. For example, it offers a creative output for sharing information, a strong link to instructional text and a vital tool for aiding discussion on the use of the English language.

Each reference number identifies the DFES National Curriculum specification for each Key Stage 3 subject.

Speaning and listening

Language variation

6) Pupils should be taught about how language varies, including:

a) the importance of standard English as the language of public communication internationally [ particularly in regard to the internet ]

b) current influences on spoken and written language [ including the use of shortened text for the internet ]

f) the development of English, including the impact of electronic communication on written language.

Reading

Printed and ICT based information texts

4) To develop their reading of ICT based information texts, pupils should be taught to:

d) identify the characteristic features, at word, sentence and text level, [ particularly in relation to headings, text type, web sentence construction etc ]

Media and moving image texts

5) Pupils should be taught:

a) how meaning is conveyed in texts that include print, images and sometimes sounds

b) how choice of form, layout and presentation contribute to effect [ for example, font, sequencing, readability, graphic illustration etc ]

Nonfiction and nonliterary texts

9) The range should include:

b) print and ICT based information and reference texts [ for example, instructional text for creating web pages ]

c) media and moving image texts [ for example, web pages ]

Writing

Composition

1) Pupils should be taught to draw on their reading and knowledge of linguistic and literary forms when composing their writing:

e) form sentences and paragraphs that express information and ideas precisely [ for example, sentences which are web friendly ]

f) use formal and impersonal language and concise expression

g) consider what the reader needs to know and include relevant details

h) present material clearly, using appropriate layout, illustrations and organisation

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Maths

Shape, space and measure

This area of maths provides the perfect forum for creating and altering visuals through reflection, rotation, translation and enlargement.

Transformations and coordinates

3) Pupils should be taught to:

a) [ When creating web images and considering layout ] to understand that reflections are specified by a mirror line, translations by a distance and direction, and enlargements by a centre and positive scale factor

b) [ When creating web images and considering layout ] to recognise rotations, reflections and translations, including reflection symmetry of 2D and 3D shapes, and rotation symmetry of 2D shapes.

c) [ When creating web images and considering layout ] to construct enlargements of objects

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Design and Technology

Creating web pages is an exciting and relevant aspect of design in today’s technological world. MySchoolsite.net can be used to cover the whole design brief from market research of other people’s designs, through the design and creation of your own website, to evaluating and improving your ideas.

Each reference number identifies the DFES National Curriculum specification for each Key Stage 3 subject.


Developing, planning and communicating ideas

1) Pupils should be taught to:

b) respond to design briefs and produce their own design specifications for products [ for example, a website as a digital product ]

c) develop criteria for their designs to guide their thinking and to form a basis for evaluation

d) generate design proposals that match the criteria

e) consider aesthetics and other issues that influence their planning [ for example, the needs of intended users]

f) suggest outline plans for designing and making, and change them if necessary

h) use graphic techniques and ICT, including computer aided design (CAD), to explore, develop, model and communicate design proposals [ for example, using CAD software and internet based resources, scanners and digital cameras ]

Websites and software have become core ‘products’ in modern firms and industry.

SiteMaker could be used both as;

i) The tool to produce the digital product, e.g. a marketing site for a popular brand, or;

ii) As the tool to communicate product specifications for a traditional product, e.g. a website presentation showing designs for a clock.

Why not set the brief to design a successful marketing site for a popular car/game/product? Pupils can research current examples, and produce their own site that they think is better.


Evaluating processes and products

3) Pupils should be taught:

b) test how well their products work, then evaluate them

c) identify and use criteria to judge the quality of other people's products, including the extent to which they meet a clear need

As a digital product, a SiteMaker website would have different success criteria from other types of products. These might include ease of use, speed of loading, clarity of messages, etc.

Why not set a brief to evaluate how well particular websites perform? Pupils can then get a sense of what makes a good website, and relate these lessons back to their own site.


Breadth of study

7) During the key stage, pupils should be taught the Knowledge, skills and understanding through:

a) product analysis

b) focused practical tasks that develop a range of techniques, skills, processes and knowledge

SiteMaker is an excellent tool to practice techniques and learn skills in a highly interactive way. As a flexible digital product it can be applied to a wide range of tasks, while producing practical and measurable output.

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History

Creating Web pages is an exciting and productive method of sharing knowledge and addressing different audiences.

Each reference number identifies the DFES National Curriculum specification for each Key Stage 3 subject.


Organisation and communication

5) Pupils should be taught to:

c) communicate their knowledge and understanding of history, using a range of techniques, including the use of ICT

Why not build a website to publish the final results of a history project?


Geography

Creating Web pages is an exciting and productive method of sharing knowledge and addressing different audiences.

Each reference number identifies the DFES National Curriculum specification for each Key Stage 3 subject.

Geographical enquiry and skills

1) In undertaking geographical enquiry, pupils should be taught to:

f) communicate in ways appropriate to the task and audience [ for example, by using desktop publishing or creating web pages ]

2) In developing geographical skills, pupils should be taught:

f) to communicate in different ways, including using ICT [ for example, exchanging and displaying fieldwork data using a web page ]


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