IT and Computing
We have fully embraced the recent move away from the ICT curriculum of old and towards the new Computing curriculum. We have not, however, completely disregarded the requirement to teach our students how to use computers and technology responsibly and efficiently. Therefore we also include elements of Digital Literacy throughout every lesson.
Key Stage 3 IT & Computing
Students will cover the following areas:
· e-Safety (incorporating Online Safety, Cyberbullying, Computer Protection and Reliability of Internet Information)
· Spread Sheets Part 1 - Introduction
· Databases Part 1- Introduction
· Computer Science Fundamentals
· Flowcharts and Control – using Flowol
· Introduction to Programming – Using Scratch
Students continue to improve their digital literacy skills and their Computing knowledge, building on what they have learnt in Year 7. Some of the topics introduced in Year 7 will be investigated more thoroughly in order to give the students a much deeper understanding. There will also be some new areas to explore such as Computers in Society and Programming using Python
Students use their digital literacy skills to research theoretical areas of IT and to produce IT based solutions to inform others. They also expand on their programming skills using different programming languages. Another key part of the Year 9 syllabus is to ensure that the students understand how to use IT to assist them in their studies of other subjects in Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 4 IT & Computing
IT & Computing is an option subject at KS4 and in Years 10 & 11 we offer the following two courses:
· BCS ECDL Level 2 Certificate in IT Application Skills (GCSE Equivalent)
· OCR GCSE Computing
We feel that these courses give all of our students the opportunity to study IT at GCSE level and that we can guide our students towards the course which is best suited to them.
All Computing students are required to use Python at home.
It is available to download from this site - https://www.python.org/download