The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life. ICT capability encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. ICT capability is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society.
All our students study Computing at Key Stage 3 with one lesson every week. Their study combines experiences of being a user of IT as well as learning the basics of creating computer programs. Students will undertake projects that encourage the development of computational thinking and computing skills through programs such as Scratch, Adobe Suite, Kodu Game Lab, Inventor and Python. Using these programs students will be able to write and manipulate code using visual and text based languages and will learn about algorithms and procedural thinking as well as developing problem solving skills and resilience. In addition, the course will give students knowledge and understanding of how computers work, what is in a computer and how to put one together, as well as how computers communicate on a network and how the internet works.
In Year 9 students continue to develop core IT, computing and programming skills through a range of projects including creating online games and mobile phone apps and programming robots to complete specific tasks. They will also complete a web design project using both HTML and Adobe Dreamweaver software. This will involve planning and creating a fully functional website and also considering the importance of good design in web development.
We currently have six ICT suites, each with enough computers for every student in the class to work independently.
All the ICT teaching rooms include thin-client computers supported by flat panel monitors with additional Apple Mac Computers. The two main ICT suites are mainly used for Computer Science and Computing, Another suite is dedicated to Design and Technology this includes facilities for Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM). Three other ICT suites are dedicated to Science, Humanities and Geography respectively.
We also have smaller ICT facilities linked to Learning Support Services, Food Technology and the Library. Both the Art & Design and the Music department have dedicated suites of Apple Mac Computers to support the Curriculum. A wireless network is provided for use with laptops and other portable devices across many areas of the School.
ICT facilities are available for supervised student use every lunchtime and after school and the ICT technicians and teachers provide regular support for any ICT based problem that students may encounter during their studies.
There is also a drop-in clinic on a Wednesday lunchtime from 1.20pm, for any Year 7 or Year 8 student needing assistance.
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Key Stage 4 Options