ICT and Computing
ICT is a valuable tool to support learning and teaching throughout the school.
The aim of our curriculum is to enable students to make the leap from users of ICT, to producers of ICT, organising work in a manner which allows them to examine their own performance and apply skills across the whole school curriculum.
Following the national curriculum for Computing we aim for our students:
- To become confident and safe users of ICT
- To have an understanding of how computers work
- To have an understanding of basic programming concepts.
Through careful planning, our lessons are designed with all students in mind. We set challenging actives which aim to equip our students with independence and resilience. Essential skills which are needed to gain a career in Computer Science.
Miss Simpson - Curriculum Lead
Key Stage 3 topics
At Key Stage 3 students complete a mixture of ICT and Computer Science topics in 1 lesson per week.
The topics covered are:
Key Stage 4 topics
At Key Stage 4 students have 5 lessons per fortnight. The course is broken into 2 components, with each component being assessed in a written exam worth 50% of their final mark.
COMP 1 topics: central processing unit, computer memory, computer storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security, system software and ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns.
COMP 2 topics: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and data representation.
In addition to the timetabled lessons the ICT and Computer Science department enhances the curriculum through a weekly ICT club which is offered to Key Stage 3.
We also have links with the following organisations:
- Middlesbrough college
- Teesside University