As part of the recent National developments, ICT is now a strand of the much larger programme of study called ‘Computing’. This includes Digital Literacy and Computer Science as well as Information and Communications Technologies. Logical thinking and problem solving form the foundations of many of the new schemes of work in this subject. These lessons will challenge pupils to think ‘outside the box’ and apply many transferrable skills using a range of medium including flowcharts and algorithms. Hardware such as CPU’s, Microbits and Raspberri Pi’s are used to bring the application of theory to life.
- Mr C Thomas (Assistant Headteacher)
- Mrs L Rostron (Teacher of Computing & Technology)
- Mrs K Midgley (Teacher of Computing & Technology)
- Mr M Gornall (Part time Teacher of KS4 Computer Science)
- Mrs J Caw (Teacher of Computing & Technology)
- Mr N Hodgson (Teacher of Computing & Technology)
The ICT Department has three purpose built rooms each containing 32 computers, an interactive whiteboard and a laser printer. We also have several specialist software applications in addition to the Microsoft Office Suite (We currently use Windows 7 across school).
In Year 7 pupils study through:
Introduction to School System – E-Safety – Social Networking
Data Modelling – Spreadsheets
Computational Thinking – Algorithms
Introduction to Programming – Scratch
Data and Databases
In Year 8 pupils study through:
E-Safety – Cyber Bullying
Computational Thinking – Binary
Webpage Design – html
Problem Solving – Python Programming
Data & Information – Spreadsheets and Databases
In Year 9 pupils study through:
E-Safety – System Security – Viruses and Hacking
Computing Hardware – Internal Parts of the Computer
Developing Applications – Python Programming
Computer Networks & Topology
Independent Project – Application Software
Pupils study a full GCSE in ICT which consists of:
- 2 GCSE Coursework Topics valued at 60% of the overall assessment
- Two terminal examination papers (2 1/2 hours) valued at 40% of the overall assessment
There are no tiered papers in ICT and every pupil has full access to the whole range of grades A* to G. All coursework is individually produced and assessed although other topics are covered in teams and groups, which develop understanding and knowledge for the final examination.
The 2 coursework topics currently are:
- Website design
- Databases, Spreadsheets, Presentations
The GCSE Examination Board
The Computing department has opted for the WJEC Examination Board as the one which most suits All Hallows pupils. For further details their website is www.wjec.co.uk.
Extra Curricular Activities and Visits
We offer a computing club every Monday lunchtime for programmer and gamers. We also take part in various competitions throughout the year to allow our pupils to showcase their skills and knowledge. The first one this year will be the SISCO Microbit Challenge that will run every Tuesday after school. See Mrs Midgely or Mr Hodgson for more details.