Introduction

Staffing

Mr A Qayyum Head of Department
Mr J Bennett ICT & Mathematics
Vacancy ICT & Business

What We Teach

Computing is concerned with developing the student's ability to understand and change the world through computational thinking. It develops and requires logical thinking and precision. It combines creativity with rigour: students apply underlying principles to understand real-world systems, and to create purposeful and usable artefacts. More broadly, it provides a lens through which to understand both natural and artificial systems, and has substantial links with the teaching of Mathematics, Science, and Design and Technology.

At the core of computing is the science and engineering discipline of computer science, in which students are taught how digital systems work, how they are designed and programmed, and the fundamental principles of information and computation. Building on this core, computing equips students to apply information technology to create products and solutions. A computing education also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

Aims

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms, data representation, and communication
  • Analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • Evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • Responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

Username and Passwords

Usernames are specifically chosen to be easy to remember and readily identifiable. Each student is responsible for keeping their password secure from others, whilst being able to remember it themselves. Under no circumstances should students divulge their password to anyone. If for any reason a student cannot log into their account, they will be expected to seek the assistance of a member of the IT support staff in their own time.

Passwords do not expire, nor can they be changed without knowing the original password by anyone other than delegated members of staff. Users should not select passwords based on something that others may know about them (e.g. first name, telephone number, favourite football club etc)

Equipment List

Though the majority of work is completed on a computer, there are occasions where class-notes or worksheets need to be completed by hand. Students will be issued with a notebook for the purpose of keeping class notes and keeping all of their printouts together. The majority of the student's work is held electronically on the school's computer network, access to which is restricted by a username and password.

Students who fail to bring the following equipment / materials to class will be expected to make up any work they were unable to complete as a result. The items to be brought to each lesson are:

  • Pen, pencil and ruler
  • IT notebook (supplied by department)
  • Homework planner
  • Username / Password (the ability to log in)

How the subject Is taught

ICT is a compulsory subject. In years 7, 8 and 9 the students study ICT with specialist teachers for one hour a week - though it is expected and anticipated that students will be given numerous other opportunities within other subjects to expand their ICT knowledge. The students are given a series of projects to do, each of which develops and extends different technical and thinking skills.

 

Homework

ICT is a very practical subject and the way in which we teach the subject means that the students get a lot of "hands-on" experience. Homework is therefore normally related to the project upon which they are working at any one time and usually, though not always, a computer is required to complete the homework tasks that are set. For this reason, we offer students access to the computer facilities for as long and as often as we can outside of lesson times (e.g. during lunchtimes and after school).

* In most circumstances, ICT teachers will not change passwords during lesson time.