Computing & ICT
Computing and ICT play an ever increasing important part of everyday life, both at work and at home. The Computing Department is committed to ensuring that all students are able to use ICT confidently and safetly and have the skills to move from just using ICT into programming computers.
The UK is experiencing a lack of well qualified computing professionals, and businesses today require an ever increasing number of technologically aware individuals. This is even more so in the gaming, mobile and web related industries. The computing curriculum is designed with this in mind.
“Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.” John F Kennedy
Who are we?
Head of Department – Mr Q Bashir
Teachers – Miss A Ali, Mrs S Clay
What do we do?
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
All students in Year 7 study for 3 hours a fortnight and Years 8 & 9 study for 2 hours a fortnight in computing.
Students are taught practical skills in the foundations of computing, web page creation and publishing, animation and the manipulation of graphics and spreadsheets / databases. The course also includes basic programming including HTML sequencing, Python and the creation of simple games (Scratch, Kodu, Game maker). Towards the end of the key stage we look at networking, modelling in Small Basic and APP development. To support the course, we have an extensive home learning programme using Doddle Learn.
All students in Years 10 & 11 study ICT for 3 hours a fortnight as a Core subject and also have the opportunity to study Computer Science as an option which is taught over 5 hours a fortnight.
Option: The GCSE Computer Science Course is available for students as an option in Key Stage 4; this is 20% controlled assessment and 80% exam based. Building on what students have covered in Key Stage 3, you will learn how to design and write computer applications using the fundamental concepts.
Core and Option: In addition we run the ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence), which consists of four compulsory units spread across the Key Stage: Desktop Publishing, Spreadsheets, Multimedia presentations and Improving Productivity.
To achieve in these qualifications students need to be hard working, focussed and committed to their work.
A day in the life…
The ethos of the ICT department is based around collaboration, differentiation and teamwork. We strive to provide quality education to all learners to maximise their full potential. Each student can change the world and we believe that this is where it starts!
We have developed a fantastic, exciting curriculum in line with the new Computing Curriculum outlined by the Department for Education. We ensure that all learners develop a good insight to computing.
As well as exciting lessons, we also run an after school ICT club, allowing students not just to do ICT related work but to have access to computers to do work from across the whole school curriculum. In short, this club welcomes learners from all year groups and all subject areas that are keen to progress their studies in a fun learning environment.
What type of homework will be set…?
As students will be set homework once a fortnight, this will be to reinforce or extend their learning from the lesson and prepare them for the following lesson. This will mainly be work that they need to complete on the computer. For students who do not have a computer at home, they can access to PCs at school during lunchtime in the library and afterschool at homework club or ICT club. We believe in students being responsible and independent, so over the week they need to seek support if they have any problems with completing homework tasks. As a department we also open up the ICT rooms during some breaks and lunchtimes to allow students who need support to complete homework or outstanding classwork.
How will my child be assessed in computing…?
Students will have half termly assessments based on that unit. These will include a piece of practical work which students will work towards completing during the half term. The criteria for these will be used each lesson to ensure students know and understand what they are aiming to achieve.
How can I support my child’s learning at home…?
We ensure PC access is available for all students in school, but access at home will benefit the students both in computing and their other subjects. We encourage parents to support their child at home with access to ICT and the internet. Programmes which will be most beneficial are Microsoft Office, Audacity, Kodu, Scratch and Python3. Most of these software are free to download.
You can also support your child by asking them about what they have been learning and encourage them to complete extra research around each topic.
GCSE Computer Science will allow students to continue onto A-Level Computing or Computer Science, A-Level ICT and Level 3 BTEC ICT. Beyond this students can progress to degree level courses in the areas of ICT and Computing. Whilst this specification is not specifically mapped to any particular industry standard IT qualifications it will provide a sound preparatory basis of study for them. In addition the course provides the knowledge, skills and understanding that a growing number of employers are demanding.
Careers in ICT & Computing
- Analyst Programmers.
- Chief Information Officers.
- Communications Trade Workers.
- Computer Network Professionals.
- Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security.
- ICT Business and Systems Analysts.
- ICT Managers.
- ICT Sales Assistants.
- ICT Teacher
- ICT Technician
- Software Engineer
- ICT Consultant
- Games Designer
“When faced with a steam-rolling technology, you either become part of the technology or part of the road!”