Computing

Computing

Computing has replaced ICT as a national curriculum subject for all key stages and is concerned with how computer systems work, how they are designed and programmed, how to apply computational thinking and how to make the best use of information technology. In this department we aim to, “Give pupils a broad education that will encourage creativity and equip them with the knowledge and skills to understand and change the world.” (Computing in the National Curriculum A guide for Secondary teachers)

Mrs M. Spencer
Head of computing

Overview

Computing is taught to all pupils in years 7 and 8. They have one period a week covering a series of topics including programming and e-safety (Curriculum link for further details). Students are encouraged to use different technologies within the subject, including iPads, microphones, robotics etc. If a pupil does not have access to a computer at home they are not disadvantaged as the Computing rooms are open at Lunchtimes for pupils continue with their computing work.

If the subject is opted for in year 9 the pupils are prepared to follow the GCSE courses in Computer Science and Business and Communication Studies. In the three lessons per week the students are encouraged to explore a variety of topics, including networking and databases (link to curriculum page). This is the start of the key stage 4 curriculum.

In years 10 and 11 the following courses are offered: Computer science and Business and Communication Studies. In Computer science the pupils learn further programming techniques including HTML programming, (Link to curriculum). Business and Communication Studies introduces the pupils to the office environment, encouraging them to explore real-life businesses and how they use communication technology.

At Key stage 5 we offer the BTEC Level 3 ICT and a GCE (A Level) Information Technology. Within the BTEC pupils explore employability skills, creation of digital graphics, e-commerce etc. (link to curriculum page). This is a course that involves the pupils managing their own time; the work is assessed throughout the course internally and then moderated externally. The AQA ICT course involves looking at how businesses use ICT. Work is assessed by examination and an extended project. Some of the areas covered are Information and data, networks, emerging technologies (link to curriculum page)

ICT is also used across the curriculum especially by utilising the Google applications for education, and the school is forging links with Intel and Gazoob which will enable the pupils to investigate some cutting edge technology.

Useful Information

http://www.teach-ict.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z8mtsbk

http://www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/ict/