Our aim within the Computing Department is to provide our pupils with the skills to produce high quality work and to promote problem solving techniques. We equip pupils with the skills required to deal with different forms of programming languages using computational thinking, control and monitoring, digital Literacy and hardware and software.
The pupils have access to over 200 computers in and around school. There are five computer rooms equipped with networked work stations providing full access to the School VLE, Email, Internet and Office 2016.
Key Stage 3
Pupils will study the National Curriculum Programme of Study which will provide them with a range of different skills. These include:
- Spreadsheet Modelling – including complex formulas and functions
- Data Handling – including relational databases
- Control and Monitoring – LightBot, Win Logo and Scratch programming
- Website Creation – Dreamweaver
- Programming – Computational Thinking using Kodu and Python amongst other
- Problem Solving: Abstraction and decomposition
- Networking and Encryption
- Computer Ethics and Laws
- Creative Media: Photoshop and digital editing
Key Stage 4
The department is involved with pupils at both key stages allowing them to decide on a two possible pathways.
Computer Science GCSE
The qualification will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established through the Computer Science elements of the Key Stage 3 programme of study. The content has been designed not only to allow for a solid basis of understanding but to engage learners and get them thinking about real world application.
Our pupils complete 3 components to be awarded the Computer Science GCSE, some of the main topics covered in each units are shown below.
- Systems Architecture
- Wired and Wireless Networks
- Ethical, Legal and Cultural Implications of Computers
Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming
- Programming Techniques
- Robust Programs
- Data Representation
- Programming Techniques
- Testing and Evaluation and Conclusion
Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia are media sector-focused, including film, television, web development, gaming and animation, and have IT at their heart. They provide knowledge in a number of key areas in this field from pre-production skills to digital animation and have a motivating, hands-on approach to both teaching and learning.
- Pre-production skills
- Creating digital graphics
Two optional units
- Creating 2D and 3D digital characters
- Storytelling with a comic strip
- Creating a multipage website
- Creating a digital
- Creating interactive multimedia products
- Creating a digital sound sequence
- Creating a digital video sequence
- Digital photography
- Designing a game concept
- Developing digital games