Today, computer skills are an integral part of modern society. From the cell phone alarm that wakes you, to the tablets used to chat with friends and complete homework we are surrounded by computer technology. ICT/Computing allows pupils to discover how computer technology works, to take a look at what goes on “behind the scenes” and to program. ICT/Computing also develops imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity & independence.
The key aims of the department are to:
- Develop and stimulate pupils' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the study of ICT & Computing
- Ensure all students have access to a broad and balanced ICT/ Computing curriculum
- Develop pupils’ knowledge, understanding and capabilities in a range of ICT/Computing skills
- Allow students to develop skills that will enhance and support study in other curriculum areas and which can be useful in everyday life
- Encourage students to recognise the value and responsible use of ICT/Computing in society
- Encourage students to develop an understanding of the wider applications and effects of ICT and Computing
- Encourage students to solve problems through the use of information systems and associated principles and techniques
- Encourage a dynamic relationship between our school, pupils and parents, to develop a positive attitude to technology both at home and school
- Provide a safe and secure learning environment which is both stimulating and challenging for all learners
Key Stage 3 Computer Science
At KS3 Computer Science is taught as a discrete subject. Students have 1 lesson per week in Year 7 & 8 and 2 lessons per week in Year 9. Schemes of work cover a range of topics that will develop students’ ability to use their Computing skills in a variety of different contexts to solve problems.
The curriculum will cover 2 key areas;
- Computer Science – involves learning about how computers work, learning textual and object-oriented programming and understanding data structures and algorithms.
- Digital Literacy – pupils’ will be taught a range skills in software applications and they will learn how to effectively find, use, evaluate, create, and communicate information using a range of digital technologies. They will also be taught how to use technology safely and responsibly.
Year 8 ICT skills (1 lesson per week as part of the Technology Carousel)
- Students will learn some basic ICT skills for presenting information e.g. Word Processing, Desktop Publishing, Graphics and much more.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Computer Science
Pupils follow the OCR GCSE syllabus. In Computer Science students learn about;
- The highly creative and exciting world of computing and programming
- Coding solutions to practical problems, using programming techniques
- The fundamentals of computer science and how computers work to process data
- Develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied to day-to-day life.
Components 1&2 - Theory: The theory section will teach students about a wide range of issues such as hardware and software, networks and communications systems, cybersecurity, fundamentals of algorithms, programming techniques and data representation, and more.
Component 3 - Controlled Assessment: The practical element of the course will require students to design, code and test a solution to a problem using a suitable programming language e.g. Python.
Educational visits and extra curricular activity
AAn ICT/Computing club is available at lunch time for students to build on and enhance their ICT / Computing skills. As part of activities week Year 7 visit Techniquest at Glyndwr, Wrexham taking part in a range of activities with an ICT/Computing theme.
Rooms and resources
The department have 3 ICT suites - ICT 1, ICT 2, ICT 3. All rooms have interactive whiteboards (Smartboards) and multimedia projector, laser printers, scanners, DVD and audio equipment.