Information Technology (IT) is taught to all Years 7, 8 and 9 students as a separate subject. Each student will have experience in using computers to produce letters on a word processor, compile collections of information on a database, produce graphs and charts from their own research, use a variety of commercial software to create animations and use the internet safely, including email.
The content of the IT lessons will come from work done in the rest of the curriculum and so students will see how IT integrates with other subjects. They will also begin to experience the use of IT in Maths, English, Science, Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages as well as having the opportunity to use the school's computers for their own work/enjoyment at lunchtimes.
The school is equipped with three networked computer rooms plus another one hundred computer systems and five banks of twenty laptops, all on a wireless network.
GCSE Computer Science
Computer Science is a GCSE option for students. Computing is of enormous importance to the economy, and the role of Computer Science as a discipline itself and as an ‘underpinning’ subject across Science and Engineering is growing rapidly. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees in the mobile and web related industries; this course has been designed with this in mind.
Gives learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.
Provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in Computer Science
Develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills.
The GCSE Course is run by the OCR examining board and is split into 3 components
Component 1: Computer Systems
This component will introduce learners to the Central Processing Unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It is expected that learners will become familiar with the impact of Computer Science in a global context through the study of the ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with Computer Science. This is assessed by a 90 minute examination and is worth 40% of the final grade.
Component 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming
This component incorporates and builds on the knowledge and understanding gained in Component 01, encouraging learners to apply this knowledge and understanding using computational thinking. Learners will be introduced to algorithms and programming, learning about programming techniques, how to produce robust programs, computational logic, translators and facilities of computing languages and data representation. Learners will become familiar with computing related mathematics. This is assessed by a 90 minute examination and is worth 40% of the final grade.
Component 3: Programming Project
This is a controlled assessment that will be carried out during lesson time under examination conditions. Learners will need to create suitable algorithms which will provide a solution to the problems identified in the task set by the examination board. They will then code their solutions in a suitable programming language. The solutions must be tested at each stage to ensure they solve the stated problem and learners must use a suitable test plan with appropriate test data. Learners have up to 20 hours to complete this project and it is worth 20% of the final grade.
Further details of the course are available at the OCR website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/