Information and Communication Technology (ICT) prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology. Students need to use ICT tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination. They should learn how to employ ICT to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures. Increased capability in the use of ICT can promote initiative and independent learning, with pupils being able to make informed judgements about when and where to use ICT to best effect, and to consider its implications for home and work both now and in the future.
Increasingly adults and students alike are using social networking sites such as Facebook, and Twitter. It has been crucial for students to learn how to use ICT tools in a safe and responsible manner. This has included reducing the risk of infection by viruses, dangers of giving out personal information and the issues of making new friends online. We want to ensure that we our students can use ICT in a safe and responsible manner.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
At KS3 the ICT department will create independent thinkers, who are able to make and justify safe choices. We will provide a stimulating environment catering for the range of learning styles, abilities and backgrounds. All students in years 7 to 9 study ICT once a week. Students are taught in mixed ability groups in year 7 and 8, in year 9 they are taught in their Mathematics set. All students complete at least two assessments per term which is levelled and assessed then recorded on their reports.
Some topics include; Web design, Graphic design, Animation, Movie Making and Spreadsheet modelling. A wide range of programming software is used in all KS3 classes including the use of the Raspberry Pi.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
ICT is a core subject in year 10. Students follow the Edexcel ICT Functional Skills qualification one lesson per week.
There are now two ICT options which students can choose, either GCSE ICT or GCSE Computer Science. Both options are taught in mixed ability classes for three lessons a week.
Topics covered in Computer Science are Data, Programming (Python), Algorithms, Hardware, Software and Binary.
We are delivering Virtual Training for Database Design, an Introduction to Programming with SQL and Java fundamental which is provided by Oracle Academy. Students who wish to take part in this extra curricular course will get a certificate which is recognisable in the industry.
If you are interested in taking part in this course please see Mrs Goran in ICT 2.
Raspberry Pi club is available for students to learn how to programme in Python. Join the club in the Multimedia room at lunchtimes every Thursday.
Animation club is available for all students to learn Adobe CS5. This will include training in Flash, Fireworks and Dreamweaver. If you want to learn how to use any of these programs join the club Thursday after school in the Multimedia room.