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ICT is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching ICT and Computer Science we equip children to participate in a rapidly-changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. We enable them to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way.The aims of Computing are to enable children:

  • To develop valuable thinking and programming skills that are extremely attractive in the modern workplace.
  • To develop a deep understanding of computational thinking and how to apply it through a chosen programming language
  • Pupils will also learn:
  • To develop ICT capability in finding, selecting and using information;
  • To use ICT for effective and appropriate communication;
  • To apply hardware and software to creative and appropriate uses of information;
  • To use their ICT skills to develop their language and communication skills;
  • To apply their ICT skills and knowledge to their learning in other areas; to explore their attitudes towards ICT/Computing and its value to them and society in general. For example, to learn about issues of security, confidentiality and accuracy.

 

Head of Department – Mrs L. Ali

Computer Science Teachers – Miss S Seville, Mr G Mann, Mrs F Jamila,  Mr H Tarafdar, Mr F Khan and Miss S Naseem

Year Group

½ Autumn

½ Autumn

½ Spring

½ Spring

,½ Summer

½ Summer

Year 7

Unit 1 File Management

Unit 2 E-Safety

Unit 3- MS Office

Unit 4- Pivot Stick animation

Unit 5- Computer Systems- Binary Control

Unit 6- Kodu Game Lab

Year 8

Unit 7- Flash Animation

Unit 8- Introduction to Python & Algorithms

Unit 9- App Development

Unit 10- Cyber Crime and Security

Unit 11- Networks

Unit 12- Kodu Game Lab

 

 Key stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11)

  • OCR – Computer Science (1 GCSE). This carefully planned course gives students a real, in depth understanding of how computer technology works. It offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing. Examination consists of two papers (50% each). Students will use OCR Programming Project tasks to develop their practical ability in the skills developed in their exam units.
  • Edexcel- Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA) 1GCSE. The Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications has been designed to engage and enthuse young people with an interest in creative computing, for example digital graphics and animations, interactive multimedia products and computer games. Coursework (75%). Exam (25%)
  • BTEC Technical Awards in Digital Information Technology. DIT is only 40% external assessment, enabling learners to be able to achieve a larger percentage of their marks via internal assignments. The majority of DIT is assessed by internal assignments (60%). There is a strong creative elements (user interface) in the qualification that would really engage learners There is clear progression to BTEC Nationals Level 3, or Apprenticeships Level 3.

The department sets regular homework which is built into the Schemes of Work. This is normally evaluation or research based, but could be practical, particularly for Key Stage 4 and 5.

Useful Resources:

  • An Introduction to Information Systems by Mr David Whiteley  
  • Computer and Information Security Handbook by John Vacca  
  • Information and Communication Technology in Organizations: Adoption, Implementation, Use and Effects Paperback – 18 Mar 2005 by Jan A. G. M. Van Dijk
  • DoddleLearn
  • Codeacademy
  • Hour of Code

Use of Computers

Computers are made available for pupil use at lunchtimes and after school. The aim is to strike a balance between work and entertainment, but mainly to provide an opportunity to complete homework or further study, for pupils who have restricted computer or internet access outside school.

Lunchtime: Available every day, 1.20 – 2.00 p.m.

  • For work only
  • No Games
  • No Internet Surfing
  • Coursework and Homework Only
  • No Pass Necessary
  • First Come First Served Basis
  • Printing is only allowed with permission of a teacher.


Pupils are expected to print work within the relevant department, where facilities are available.

Abuse of rooms or equipment may result in closure of the rooms.

   
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