Theme of the week is: The Future/Careers
The program of study for Computing covers a comprehensive delve into the three areas of Computer Science, Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Creative Media.
KS3 students are guided through topics that enable them to study and explore digital life skills, e-safety, database use, desk-top publishing, spreadsheets, their digital footprint / social media and presentations when looking at Information technology. They also cover units of work designed to develop their computational skills like programming using micro: bits, developing sequencing skills in game design and creation, control technology, networking and encryption. Students can explore their more creative talents with topics on graphics production, audio and music sound-bytes, video production, website creation, producing Mobile Phone Apps and interactive multimedia products.
The Computing and IT department aim to offer students the opportunity to experience different disciplines within this wide area, providing students with real life scenarios as they develop their computational thinking and practical software skills.
KS4 we offer 3 qualifications that match the 3 areas of study. In GCSE Computer Science students learn how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Students have the opportunity to learn how to design computing systems, as well as learn the language structures of programming and algorithms. The methodology of how to program is taught with use of Python and Pascal Delphi.
Media focuses on units that involve how to plan to create different media products. This develops to include assessment units on Digital Graphics, Website publishing and also Digital Animation. Finally we also offer a qualification in Information Technologies which looks at project planning and using IT software in business and work contexts and provides a good grounding for the work place.
At KS5 we also offer A Level Computing and Level 3 Information Technology.
We are constantly developing and adapting the program of study to reflect the changes in technology in order to make sure our students leave school as confident users of IT and Computing.
Mrs M Drayton IT, Business Studies (Subject Leader)
Ms J Williams Business Studies, Child Development and IT
Mr J Cooper IT, Creative Media and Computing
Mr G King IT, Creative Media and Computing
This is a Year 8's Pacman Game made using Scratch
This is a range of logos from a Year 10 Coursework
This is a year 10's Creative Media Website
This is a drawing by a Year 10 Media student