ICT / Computer Science
Team Leader: Mr G Kilgannon
“Everyone should know how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think!” Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple)
Pupils learn and undertake activities in computing that enable young people to become:
- Successful learners who can work independently or in a team,
- Confident individuals who have the ability to problem solve,
- Develop creativity and design skills and the chance to communicate through a range of technological mediums.
Key stage 3:
Year 7 topics include:
- What are computers? (discovering how a computer works)
- TV/Film Survey (collating and results analysis)
- Control and Scratch Animation (design and creation of a computer game through control sequencing)
Year 8 topics include:
- DVD store (creation of a database, including SQL)
- Introduction to programming (learn how to use Python)
Key stage 4:
CIDA (Certificate in Digital Applications)
Some pupils will choose ICT as an option and they will have a further one lesson per week. Pupils will complete one coursework unit worth 75% and one exam worth 25%. Skills built up in KS3 are taken further to develop an online brochure. Included in the brochure, you will have to create a range of dynamic products from a digital animation to a video advert.
Computer Science GCSE
We deliver an OCR Computer Science GCSE course, which sees the subject moving to an 80% exam and 20% controlled assessment.
Pupils will get the opportunity to learn a wide range of topics from what a computer system consists of, the different types of system security to the ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns. On top of that, pupils will also learn computational thinking which includes algorithm design and programming. If they have a passion for computers and want to know more, then this is the subject for them.
Here is a recommended wider reading list for KS4 pupils.
How to support pupil learning:
Wide range of revision books are available for order at school:
- GCSE OCR Computer Science for the 9-1 Course – The revision guide – CGP;
- GCSE OCR Computer Science for the 9-1 Course – Exam Practice workbook – CGP
- GCSE OCR Computing For Computer systems and programming – Hodder
We recommend the following sites: