ICT & Computing

September 14th, 2017

Welcome to ICT

As a Mathematics and Computing Specialist School, we are extremely well-equipped for the modern technological age. We believe that all students should have the opportunity to gain a qualification in Computing/ICT before they leave school. In order to achieve this all students receive a lesson per week in Key Stage 3 in order to prepare them for a Computing course at Key Stage 4.

Video Prospectus – ICT Department

Curriculum Content

Year 7 100_0250

  • Introduction to the school network
  • Esafety
  • Word processing skills – War Horse
  • Introduction to spreadsheets
  • Google Applications
  • Introduction to Excel
  • Computer Programming using Scratch and Python
  • Computer Systems
  • HTML
  • Data representation – binary and hex numbers

Year 8

  • Advanced Excel to create real world applications
  • E-Safety including system security
  • Programming using python
  • Data representation including adding binary
  • Logic gates
  • Computational thinking
  • Algorithms
  • Networking

Year 9 – Preparation for Computer Science

  • Computer hardware
  • Computer software
  • Computer memory and storage
  • Moral, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
  • Project planning including a programming project using Python
  • Systems security
  • Computational Logic
  • Programming techniques
  • Introduction to writing algorithms using flowcharts and pseudocode
  • Networking

KS4 Options

For students who take GCSE Computer Science we follow the OCR GCSE Computer Science (9-1) syllabus.

GCSE Computing / Computer Science

Aims and learning outcomes
From 2016 we will be offering the OCR’s GCSE (9–1) in Computer Science. The aim of the course is to encourage students to:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation
  • Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
  • Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • Understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • Understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
  • Apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science

All students have access to ICT suites during break and lunchtimes and after school. Many curriculum areas will also offer students opportunities to use the suites to support subject work.

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