Today, computer skills are an integral part of modern society. From the mobile phone alarm that wakes you, to the tablets used to chat with friends and complete homework we are surrounded by computer technology. ICT/Computing allows pupils to discover how computer technology works, to take a look at what goes on “behind the scenes” and to program. ICT/Computing also develops imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity & independence.
The aims of the department are to:
- Develop and stimulate pupils' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the study of ICT & Computing
- Ensure all students have access to a broad and balanced ICT/ Computing curriculum
- Develop pupils’ knowledge, understanding and capabilities in a range of ICT/Computing skills
- Allow students to develop skills that will enhance and support study in other curriculum areas and which can be useful in everyday life
- Encourage students to recognise the value and responsible use of ICT/Computing in society
- Encourage students to develop an understanding of the wider applications and effects of ICT and Computing
- Encourage students to solve problems through the use of information systems and associated principles and techniques
- Encourage a dynamic relationship between our school, pupils and parents, to develop a positive attitude to technology both at home and school
- Provide a safe and secure learning environment which is both stimulating and challenging for all learners
Key Stage 3 At KS3 ICT/Computing is taught as discrete lessons for 2 periods per week throughout Years 7-9. Schemes of work cover a range of topics that will develop students’ ability to use their ICT & Computing skills in a range of different contexts to solve problems.
The curriculum will cover three key areas;
- Computer Science – involves Learning about how computers work, learning textual and object-oriented programming and understanding data structures and algorithms.
- Digital Literacy – pupils’ will be taught a range skills in software applications and they will learn how to effectively find, use, evaluate, create, and communicate information using a range of digital technologies, They will also be taught how to use technology safely and responsibly.
- Information Technology- learn how software and IT systems are used in the wider world i.e. Spreadsheet, Databases, Desktop Publishing and much more.
Key Stage 4 - GCSE
Pupils follow the Edexcel GCSE syllabus which has a 60% controlled assessment component and 40% computer theory component. The course uses and further develops skills learnt at Key Stage 3, focusing on exciting elements such as web design, and multimedia elements such as sound and animation and as well as re-enforcing core elements such as DTP, word processing, spreadsheets and databases. Students will explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. Students will learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts.
Educational visits and extra curricular activity
AAn ICT/Computing club is available at lunch time for students to build on and enhance their ICT / Computing skills. As part of activities week Year 7 visit Techniquest at Glyndwr, Wrexham taking part in a range of activities with an ICT/Computing theme.
Rooms and resources
The department have 3 ICT suites - ICT 1, ICT 2, ICT 3 All rooms have interactive whiteboards (Smartboards) and multimedia projector, laser printers, scanners, DVD and audio equipment.