ICT/Computing enables students to independently solve problems by harnessing and developing the technology of today and tomorrow. Students will:
- develop a digital literacy which includes how to access information correctly and safely
- understand the fundamentals of why and how computers work the way they do
- understand how to appreciate and make better use of the technology of tomorrow.
Students at The Elmgreen study Computing once a fortnight in years 7, 8 and 9. Students in years 10, 11, 12 and 13 can choose to further study ICT/Computing as an option subject.
The Computing curriculum has fundamentally changed and has been overhauled fully taking affect from September 2014. The changes mean that students will now increase their focus on computer programming and how computers work. Although this was already being taught at a discrete level at The Elmgreen School, the emphasis means our students will focus more on how to programme computers as opposed to how to use them.
We recognise that our learners arrive from primary schools already with the knowledge of how to use software and therefor do not need to be taught as much of this skill. With the increasing demand in computing in the world around us, we want to prepare our learners to become the coders of tomorrow. We recognise that programming also helps develop problem solving skills that are a transferable to every subject regardless of whether our students decide to embark on a computing qualification or career.The Computing curriculum has fundamentally changed and has been overhauled fully taking affect from September 2014. The changes mean that students will now increase their focus on computer programming and how computers work. Although this was already being taught at a discrete level at The Elmgreen School, the emphasis means our students will focus more on how to programme computers as opposed to how to use them.
The aim of the Computing curriculum is to develop students into responsible and capable members of an increasingly digital world. The range and progression of projects covered develop skills in a wide range of areas including programming, computational thinking, digital publishing, data handling, digital graphics, web development and digital video and audio creation. Necessary skills in responsible internet use and the management of the digital footprint is also explicitly taught to each year group.
ICT and Computing is a popular and successful subject at The Elmgreen School where students achieve highly and successfully develop the necessary digital skills to either progress into a related subject area or function effectively in the modern workplace. The curriculum is under constant review to ensure that projects reflect the developments in the digital world and industry standard software is used where possible.
The school is extremely well-equipped with three dedicated computer suites, mobile laptop trollies, thin-client technology and flood Wi-Fi.
We run enrichment clubs that enable our students to practice their skills and build their confidence in computing while working on practical projects that relate to building skills in areas they can pursue in their own time continually learning outside of school.
|e-Safety: A unit for students to explore the importance of staying safe when using Technology and the Internet.
Problem Solving and algorithms: A new unit which introduces the idea of Algorithms and problem solving looking at the concepts of sequence, selection and iteration.
Scratch programming: A programming unit where our students develop the basic skills of programming using a visual interface.
Python programming: Introduction to basic programming concepts and the command line interface.
Creating graphics: Students learn to create and edit graphics using the Adobe Suite.
HTML: Students learn the basics of HTML through and create a website using dreamweaver.
|Computer Systems: Students will look at the basics of internal and external hardware as well as how binary works.
Python programming: Students learn to programme in an industry sought after programming language and learn how to create a basic text based game.
We are what we do: A project where students learn about researching and presenting information visually while thinking about issues surrounding the environment.
Graphics project: A graphics project ‘small action, big change’ where they think about how they can make a small change to make a big impact on the environment.
HTML: Students are introduced to CSS and more advanced skills of HTML to produce an interactive website using the graphics that they’ve created in the previous project.
|Computational Thinking: Students in this unit revisit their understanding of algorithms and learn the programming concepts of sequencing, decomposition and abstraction
Graphics project: In this project, learners prepare graphics for a website they will make.
HTML and CSS project: Students learn how to author websites using the HTML and CSS scripting languages.
Python programming: Students learn to programme and investigate Python further in projects that will get them ready for GCSE Computing.
Networks: Students learn how networks work and the impact they have on different businesses.
Our students have the option to pick from 2 routes. We are currently offering the students the opportunity to study Computer Science as a GCSE (using the OCR examining board) or the CIDA ICT GCSE. Both our courses are challenging and vigorously test our students with coursework and an examination. The Computer Science GCSE is a new course that we are pleased to be able to offer our students. The GCSE will count towards a science in the government’s Baccalaureate curriculum.The ICT course focuses on teaching students a set of essential skills such as web design and multimedia. These are essential skills in ICT which can be carried into the working world.The Computer Science course will teach our students how to programme software. Our students study a programming language while also developing their understanding in computational thinking.This course also teaches students how hardware inside a computer and a network functions. Students will learn to use logic when problem solving which is an important life skill that can be transferred to any subject.
We currently offer students the opportunity to study two courses at sixth form, a BTEC in ICT and A level Computing. The BTEC ICT will help students develop a broad range of ICT skills and knowledge of the uses of ICT in vocational contexts, as a basis for progression into further learning in ICT-related fields.Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the components, functions and applications of information systems within a range of organisations and develop an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using ICT and develop the skills necessary to apply this understanding. The BTEC in ICT has been a successful course at The Elmgreen School where we have a track record of good results. The A level computing has been introduced this academic year to allow students to develop their passion for Computing. This course looks at creating programming solutions for a range of complex problems. It also looks in depth at the mathematics involved within Computing and the skills used to express Computational laws and processes.