ICT and Computing

Welcome to the Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Computing webpage. The aims of the department are to meet National Curriculum requirements in Computing; help other curriculum areas achieve National Curriculum requirements through the support of ICT; allow staff and children to gain confidence in and enjoyment from, the use of ICT. We strive to enable children to develop specific ICT & Computing skills as set down in the academy's scheme of work; ensure that staff and children alike understand the capabilities and limitations of ICT and gain insight into the implications of its development for society; allow staff to develop professionally by enhancing their teaching skills, management skills and administrative skills.

 ICT and Computing Staff

Mr D Burrin: Curriculum Leader  ICT
Mr J Kerr – Teacher  

Facilities and Resources

Teaching takes place in a well-equipped suite of specialist rooms, each with an interactive whiteboard. All computers in the department and around the academy enable students and staff to access the Internet and their personal email. In common with the ethos of the school, we aim to give our students increasing responsibility for their learning whilst meeting their needs as individuals within a supportive structure with an emphasis is placed on differentiated learning opportunities. This is achieved using the Delta Learning Platform where students can access lessons and learning resources from a secure web site. 

 Key Stage 5

At KS5 we offer A-Level in ICT.  There are four units completed over two years and these cover “Practical problem solving in the digital world”, “Living in the digital world”, “The use of ICT in the digital world” and the completion of a major ICT system based project.

A-Level in Computer Science.  There are 3 units completed over a two year period. “Computer Systems”, “Algorithms and Programming” and a the complete of a major programming project.

 

Key Stage 4

At KS4 all students have the opportunity to take a course in either Computer Science or ICT. Students can opt to take the vocational European Computer Drivers Licence (ECDL) ICT course where they will develop their ICT skills in units that include presentation, spreadsheet, word processing and improving productivity skills.  The assessment for this course involves 4 practical on-line examinations or students can opt for the GCSE Computer Science course.  This course will develop students understanding of computing as well as developing problem solving and programming skills.  The assessment will consist of a formal examination, a practical investigation and a programming project which is carried out in the classroom under controlled conditions.

 

Key Stage 3

At KS3, Years 7 and 8 all students have one period per week.  Teaching groups are small enough to ensure each student has access to a computer during lessons. The students follow a bespoke course aimed at developing their ICT, Computing and problem solving skills in a range of areas from E-Safety to Software Development in order to support their future use of ICT.

Hour of Code March 3rd – 9th

http://uk.code.org/

It's the year of code: celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web with the UK Hour of Code!

Enrichment

  • Lunch & Twilight support sessions arranged by the class teacher
  • Exam clinics to offer additional support and revision
  • Monday evening Computing Club, this is open to all students with an interest in Computing & ICT.  A range of activities are available from programming android mobile devices, developing programming and problem solving skills using python, hardware interaction using raspberry pi computers to games development using scratch and game maker.

Enrichment links

http://www.codeacademy.com/

http://www.python.org/

http://my.dynamic-learning.co.uk/