Computing

Welcome to the Computing Department. We have a great team of specialist teachers.

Our Computing team consists of;

  • Mr Hanson (Head of Department)
  • Mr Bardis
  • Miss Brooke
  • Miss Hancock
  • Mrs Neethirjan

Facilities

The Computing Department has dedicated computer rooms with great facilities. All computer rooms come with printers, interactive whiteboards and access to further printing using the "follow me" set up.

KS4

AQA Computer Science has been successfully introduced at GCSE level and there are two classes who are enjoying themselves.  The focus of this course is programming and understanding how computers work.  The alternative provision is is OCR Creative iMedia, which is a very hands on course where students can sue their creative talents to make such things as websites.

Foundation Stage

At the Foundation Stage, Year 7 and 8 have one lesson per week.  The topics that we study in Year 7 are Cyber Security, Computational Thinking, Small Basic and a Website Project.  In Year 8 students study Computer Systems, Networks, Python programming and Graphics.

Foundation Assessment

All students complete one assessment at the end of a unit of work/complete a project to demonstrate their skills in a topic.  These pieces will have a DIRT activity linked to improving their work.  Homework is set once every half term, or as part of a long-term project assigned at the beginning of a term.

KS4 Assessment

Homework is set weekly.  Computer Science homework swaps 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 studied, and suggest YouTube videos or news articles to support.  Students are also participating in the "Scorch Trials".

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.

In Creative iMedia, homework is set weekly where students wilbe completing written and practical work. In between, students will be assigned to do research on the web and read around the topic being covered. Students will sit for a written assessment in Year 9 and a pre-public written examination (PPE) in Year 10 and/or 11. All students will be entered for the external written examination in June of Year 10 and if necessary, may retake the examination in Year 11. The remaining assessment will be coursework based where students complete three controlled assessments moderated by the exam board. Students who successfully complete all units will be awarded a Level 2 qualification overall. Grades awarded are Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction *.

Support

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

Creative iMedia/ICT support sessions run every Monday after school in L5 but students can speak to their teachers to arrange an agreed suitable time if they need support on other days.

Extra-curricular Opportunities

  • Computing Club - Leading to competitions