Computer Science

“Gospel Quote”

In today’s modern society, Computing and ICT is fundamental in ensuring inclusive, personalised, enhanced and extended learning experiences. We believe that Computing/ ICT has an essential role in helping us to achieve these wider aims.
We aim to:

 

  • provide a personalised learning experience in which engaged and Computing / ICT confident and autonomous learners achieve improved learning outcomes.

 

  • allow learners access so that they can study at anytime and anywhere support all staff in professional development, providing tools for collaboration, management and administration.

 

  • educate learners to use a wide range of Computing / ICT resources and tools confidently, flexibly and creatively across the whole curriculum ‘e-safely’ outside the school.

 

  • promote social interaction and collaborative working alongside helping to ensure our learners are independent, creative, reflective, effective participators, team workers and self-managers .

 

  • provide a safe environment, preventing access to unsuitable material and preventing inappropriate use of systems.

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview

At Holy Trinity Academy  we aim to provide students with an exciting and relevant programme of study which will enable them to progress into KS4 effectively. We have chosen to allow our students to progress in the current and exciting aspects of Computing and ICT. We believe this will allow students to make informed decisions at key stage 4 as to which aspect of IT they would like to pursue further. The key stage 3 programme of study includes the following units of work:

 

  • Kodu – Create games using a visual programming language.

 

  • App inventor – design, using an app-creation tool, students create and publish their very own smartphone apps.

 

  • Python – research, design, create and test a solution using a general-purpose, high-level programming language.

 

  • Visual Basic – Programme an Interactive Quiz in PowerPoint.

 

  • Scratch – Create animations, interactive stories and games using a visual programming.

 

  • Spreadsheets – Organise, store and calculate data using advanced formulae.

 

  • Databases – access and manipulate

 

  • Photo editing – edit and adjust photographs.

 

  • E- Safety – Equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to navigate the online world safely and positively.

 

  • Raspberry Pi – Explore how to programme the tiny computer.

 

  • BBC micro:bit – explore how to programme the forthcoming mini computer.

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview

 

The department offers 1 GCSE qualification to be taken as an option:

 

OCR GCSE Computing

This three-unit course is designed to give an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on ‘behind the screens’. The course helps students learn about critical thinking, analysis and problem solving.  Through this qualification, students can:

  • develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and how they work.

 

  • look at the use of algorithms in computer programs.

 

  • become independent and discerning users of IT.

 

  • acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts.

 

  • develop computer programs to solve problems

 

  • evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solution and the impact of computer technology in society.

 

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Overview

The department offers 1 AS/A Level qualification to be taken as an option:

OCR AS/A Level ICT

This specification sees students develop a wide range of ICT skills together with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of ICT. Candidates are encouraged to become discerning users of ICT.

This qualification is being reviewed for 2016 – 2017.

Teaching Methods and Student Organisation

At key stage 3, students are given three hours a fortnight to develop their ICT/Computing skills.  Classes are no bigger than 30 and each student is given access to a computer.  Students are able to access information they need for the lesson via the student out area and the VLE.  Work that is given to students is differentiated and personalised to meet the needs of each individual.  A range of strategies are implemented to ensure that students achieve their best. Homework is set via our VLE and paper based. Students also have access to personal email accounts to exchange and communicate with both teachers and peers within the school.

At key stage 4 and 5 students are given five hours a fortnight to develop their Computing skills.  Classes are no bigger than 30 and each students is given access to a computer.  Students are able to access information they need for the lesson via the student out area and the VLE.  Work that is given to students is differentiated and personalised to meet the needs of each individual. Assessment and feedback is given electronically via the VLE, which gives students the convenience of being able to access and respond to from home. Homework is set via our VLE and in paper based form. Students also have access to personal email accounts to exchange and communicate with both teachers and peers within the school.

How can you help your child?

Access to the Virtual learning Environment Edmodo and Show My Homework to stay up to date with lessons and resources that have been made available by the teacher. The majority of software we use in school is free to use, distribute and can be acquired at home to build on skills taught in school.