Information Technology (IT) and Computing

Department Staff
Mr K. Johnson (Head of Department)
Mr C. Merrick
Mr S. Conway
Mrs H. Stapleton
Ms E. Parker

IT & Computing lessons are taught in one of the department’s five specialist computer suites, with one computer per student.  Other departments also have their own specialist computer suites. Each suite is furnished with an interactive whiteboard, printer and filtered internet connectivity.

All students study IT & Computing for two hours a fortnight in Year 7 and Year 8. IT & Computer Science are then available within the GCSE Options choices, and A Level.

The IT and Computing department aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms, data representation, and communication
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Year Seven students will improve their presentation skills, communicate using email, learn about and use Cloud Computing, study the parts of a computer, design websites using HTML, explore e-safety issues and develop programming skills by creating computer games.

Year Eight students will expand their understanding of their Digital World, learn about how computers use Binary to represent data, extend their programming skills, learn to use Spreadsheets and further develop their web coding skills.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Currently we offer both IT and Computer Science:

ICT GCSE (Year 11 – 2017/18)

Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. Students learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. The course is made up of two units, examination and controlled assessment. The examination is worth 40% of the course with the controlled assessment being worth 60%.

OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Information Technologies (Year 9 & 10 – 2017/18)

The course is designed to give students a real understanding of their digital environment, develop key skills, and prepare them for their future use of IT in their chosen careers across a wide range of job roles. Using real life examples from smart watches and music apps, to cybersecurity and fake news, students will explore how information technologies are applied, and revealing to them the extent to which digital footprints impact their everyday lives.

Students will develop applied knowledge and practical skills in the creative use of information technologies across four broad themes:

  1. Project planning and review
  2. Collecting, manipulating/processing and storing data (i.e. databases & spreadsheets)
  3. Creatively developing meaningful information for customer distribution (i.e. Word processing, website design, presentations, DTP etc.)
  4. Awareness of the importance of legal, moral, ethical and security factors (i.e. Cybersecurity, hacking, malware, Copyright/Privacy/Data Protection laws)

The course is assessed via an examination (50%), and a practical project (50%). 

Computer Science

The course aims to encourage computational thinking skills and the application of these skills to analyse problems and design solutions across a range of contexts. It will provide students with practical experience of designing, writing, and testing computer programs that accomplish specific goals.

Other Activities

Computer suites are open at lunchtime and after school for students to further develop their skills and complete work from their various subjects.

 

View our KS3 Skills Assessment Grid below:

 

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