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In light of the Government’s decision to replace ICT with Computing from September 2014, we are already run our own exciting course to ensure pupils can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems. We develop their game making skills and make sure they can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
Key Stage 3
Our current KS3 courses taught are a mixture of Digital Literacy and Computing and they build on what they have already learnt at junior school to make their own software, mobile applications and games. They learn how to program and how to solve complex problems.
We encourage the girls to take risks and learn how important it is to evaluate their own work and others. We are introducing new technologies as all lesson presentations, homework and assessments are delivered online through Firefly so we provide access to resources in a way that works efficiently with a number of different mobile devices.
The class set of iPads are used by all pupils and they are proving to be very stimulating and engaging. They encourage new ways of working and enable students to produce fantastic multimedia resources such as ebooks and movies.
Key Stage 4
We study OCR GCSE Computing which has been a popular option choice and gives students fantastic Computing skills and knowledge.
The course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computers work. This course gives them an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, learning about hardware, software, data and information.
The course develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the system lifecycle. They analyse a problem, design a solution and implement it through writing programming code, which many students find absorbing and challenging.
The skills learnt can be transferred to other subjects and applied in day-to-day life. In this respect, the course provides excellent preparation for students who want to study or work in areas that rely on these skills, especially where they are applied to technical problems.
Our Sixth form are studying OCR A Level Computing course over two years. This involves developing knowledge of the GCSE Theory to a deeper level and a substantial programming project in A2.
Students use iPads in lessons to access interactive resources, ebooks and to record lessons and notes. Students therefore develop a wide range of Computing skills together with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Information Technology.
AS assessment is currently split between two written theory exams at the end of the academic year.
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