ICT & Computing

Aims

Ensure that all pupils are computer literate and have the opportunity to reach their potential in using the ICT & Computing facilities, not only in discrete ICT & Computing lessons, but across the whole curriculum.


Staff and facilities

The department is staffed by two full time teachers. There are two main ICT & Computing suites which are part of the school wide network. In addition, many departments have their own computers that are used by pupils to carry out research and present their work. Each ICT & Computing suite has an interactive whiteboard.


Subject time per 10-day cycle

  • Lower School – two lessons plus homework
  • GCSE – five lessons plus homework and coursework

Class sizes

From First to Third Year ICT & Computing is taught in form groups of around 25 pupils. We try to keep GCSE groups to the maximum group size of approximately 20 pupils.


ICT & Computing in the Lower School

In the first three years pupils learn how to use many of the latest software applications used in business and will develop skills in all areas of ICT & Computing including web design, graphics, office applications and communication. Pupils learn how to choose an application for a specific task and will develop an understanding of how ICT & Computing affects our daily lives. Throughout the ICT & Computing curriculum we have incorporated opportunities for pupils to learn and demonstrate computational thinking skills. Pupils have their own e-mail address and access to the internet, through our filtered line, to carry out research for their work in school.


ICT & Computing further up the school

If pupils choose the GCSE option they will be involved in developing ICT & Computing systems and understanding how ICT & Computing helps to automate many of the things we take for granted.


Can I do my homework at school?

Yes, whenever the ICT & Computing suites are open. Pupils can also access the school network from home using the Citrix gateway. This means that work started in school can be continued at home and vice versa. Pupils are also encouraged to use Citrix when working from home as it means their work is stored on our servers and is backed up each night. This removes the need for transporting important files on USB pen drives.


When can I use the computer?

Pupils can use the computers before school, at break and lunch time for coursework or homework. Pupils can also use scanners and digital cameras to enhance their work.


Clubs

Animation club meets in CR2 one lunchtime per week and covers many aspects of computer animation using software and modelling clay.

Olivia White, Elizabeth Seed and Safa Ahmed created a Halloween stop-motion animation at the club by moulding characters from clay, shooting the film with web cameras and then editing the film on screen.

Programming club is open to all years and meets one lunchtime per week in CR1. This club will teach pupils the basics of computer programming language to create applications and games.


Games

Our policy is that the network is provided for educational purposes only. Pupils are not allowed to play computer games on the school computers unless it is part of a class activity specified by a teacher.


Resources

Although pupils can access email and the school network via the internet, we are also beginning to develop the use of a virtual learning environment that will provide pupils with access to interactive resources. The school has also adopted ClickView which is a means of delivering video and audio content to pupils through the internet.


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