COMPUTING & ICT

Computing is a resource to help all pupils to reach their full potential in learning across the whole curriculum. Every pupil is an individual member of the School network with his or her own user name and password and their lessons take place in a dedicated computing room.

The aim is to develop their capability and confidence when using ICT, giving them transferable skills that they can use in future education, the workplace and everyday life.

At Key Stage 3 each pupil in Year 8 and 9 has a one hour Computing lesson per week. Year 7 students currently have 2 one hour lessons. E-safety is essential and we integrate this across the curriculum to ensure students have the skills and information required to stay safe online.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 all pupils cover a full range of Computing and ICT. Pupils cover traditional ICT skill building topics using Microsoft Office applications, and a range of computing topics which covers the National Curriculum for Computing and supports the GCSE course we offer. Topics include computer hardware and software, learning to code using Scratch and Python, safe and responsible use of ICT, and different topics relating to using Microsoft Office such as Spreadsheets and Databases.

Key Stage 4

OCR Computer Science (1-9)

Students have the opportunity to study GCSE Computing at Key Stage 4. In Year 10 students study the theory topics of ‘Algorithms’, ‘Programming Techniques‘ and ‘Producing Robust Programs’, ‘Translators and Facilities’ and ‘Data Representation’.  Pupils also learn a variety of skills in programming using Python. The NEA takes place in Year 11. This assessment is an exam board set assignment and involves independent research and application of knowledge.

Classes are mixed ability based on option block choices and all assessment is finalised at the end of the two year course.

The full GCSE is assessed as follows:

Comp1: written examination worth 40%

Comp2: written examination worth 40%

Comp3: NEA worth 20%

 

2017/2018 Core – The Learning Machine Gold Ingot Level 2

This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The everyday use of ICT, from PCs to smartphones, now impacts all of our lives. This course provides students with a solid understanding of the use of Microsoft Office which they can use in their working lives. Pupils create documents that will go toward receiving 17 credits. They can then sit an exam where they will reach their final grade of A* to C.

(Please note that this course finishes in 2018)

AQA – GCSE Business and Communications:

This qualification teaches students about the organisation of a business and how information passes through. Employers like this qualification as it also includes administration skills that are useful with the business environment.

(Please note that this course finishes in 2018)

 

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