Computing

Introduction     

Welcome to the Computing department.  Our team of four specialist teachers, with one SLE, deliver the theory and programming elements of Computer Science.  We have a wide range of diverse skills, with all coming from different backgrounds of Industry.  Our department is made up of:

Trust Lead:  Miss F Brooke (SLE)

Teachers:

  • Mr A Bobbo
  • Mrs J Neethirajan
  • Miss D Stansfield

Facilities

The Computing department uses two computer rooms. 

Our two computer rooms seat 28 students with access to interactive whiteboards, black and white- and colour-printers.

KS4

Computer Science has been on offer at Maiden Erlegh School as an Option for the last four years.  This subject is offered to our students at Maiden Erlegh School in Reading and so there is no official data yet.  The first year group to complete the GCSE at Maiden Erlegh School gained GCSE results of 100% A* - B.  We average at 22 students per class, with some year groups having three classes and some two.  The exam board we follow is the AQA and our chosen coding language is Python 3 using Geany as our IDE.

ICT has been a standard offering at Maiden Erlegh School for many years.  At Maiden Erlegh School in Reading, we offer the OCR iMedia course.  As this is our first time through the GCSE, we have no current data.

Foundation

By the end of the Foundation Stage, students should be able to:

  • Problem solve
  • Develop simple coded solutions
  • Use spreadsheets
  • Develop a database
  • Use the Software Development Lifecycle
  • Understand aspects of Computer Systems
  • Understand aspects of Networking
  • Develop Android Mobile Apps
  • Create graphical representations

Assessment

Homework is given weekly for KS4, swapping between theory and practical programming work.  Students compete using the website codecademy.com to do independent learning in Python.  We encourage students to read around the topic being studied, and suggest YouTube videos or news articles to support.

Students will have a theory assessment at the end of each unit.  They will have a programming assessment every 3-4 weeks.

Google Classroom is our primary vehicle for distributing homework and assessment tasks.

Foundation stage classes will receive one homework per half term.

Support

Students are supported in Computer Science through drop-in sessions after school in 145.  They can also access the codecademy.com website for support with Python.

Extra-curricular Opportunities

There is a Computing Club held on Wednesday’s from 3 – 4pm.