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Computing & ICT

The Computing & ICT Department looks to offer the best experience for pupils as they develop ICT skills and explore how computers operate. The department is proud of its excellent results. The new Computing curriculum has been introduced at key stage 3 and will soon be an option for pupils in key stage 4.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7, 8 & 9 receive two 60 minute lessons per fortnight. All year groups receive homework each fortnight, as is the policy at Whitcliffe. Students are taught in mixed ability groups and progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Students complete a baseline assessment on entry in Year 7 and will receive three formal assessments a year. Pupils work to develop their understanding of how Computers function and over the three years develop their programming skills in line with the National Curriculum. Basic ICT skills are not overlooked and pupils have the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge with a range of application packages.

Click here to see our KS3 Curriculum Plan.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Computing

Develop understanding of current and emerging technologies, understanding of how they work and apply this knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts Continue to acquire and apply a knowledge, some technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming Use their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning users of IT, able to make informed decisions about the use and be aware of the implications of different technologies. Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts.

Click here to see our KS4 Curriculum Plan.

Revision

Revision sessions are run regularly throughout the year. These are usually held on Thursday between 2.50 and 3.50 but may be arranged on any day by prior arrangement.

Useful Links

http://www.codecademy.com A great site to learn basic programming skills
http://www.ictworkout.co.uk/login.php Revision site for KS4
http://www.kizoa.com/Collage-Maker A Useful site allowing the creation of collages
http://my.dynamic-learning.co.uk/Default.aspx?cid=15691  KS3 Learning Resources