Information Communication Technology

Head of Subject:  Mr Parker:  gparker@huntcliffschool.co.uk

ICT Facilities and Equipment 

The department has a suite of three specialist rooms in the main block and tower block. There are numerous other computer suites ranging from small mobile clusters for Science to a full suite of computers in the Resource centre.

Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard, sound system, a wide variety of software and hardware available to support teaching and learning.

Currently we are running Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 for students at home. In addition the IT department uses the following pieces of software: Macromedia Flash, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Kodu, Scratch, Python, MS Moviemaker and Audacity. In addition we run Dynamic Learning for IT package which means resources can be shared with pupils at home on most devices. IT classrooms are equipped with ABtutor so that we can provide individual or group demonstrations, monitor computer use and block access to the Internet or individual programs.

The IT department is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for students. We ensure that each and every student has high expectations and that these, are translated into daily practice. It is a department that is characterised by dedication, energy and enthusiasm. The department is effective because teachers share good practice on a regular basis and update their skills, using both internal and external agencies. Most importantly of course, each member of staff is a specialist in IT and passionate about its teaching and use.

The Computing Curriculum - Key Stage 4

Our pupils are drawn from the whole ability range and as a result flexibility is a key priority, with students able to achieve the highest grades through commitment, hard work and personalised objectives and support. Key Stage 4 now encompasses years 10 and 11 from September 2019. The current IT course for KS4 is the BTEC Award in Digital Information Technology.

The department is always looking to develop courses which will meet the needs of all our pupils. We have had great successes with IT over the years and with the introduction of the Cambridge National Certificate we aim to continue this. The Cambridge Nationals includes an examined unit and a practical unit. It has traditionally proved a popular option for students. This course engages the pupils with a variety of both creative and technical units and will allow a large number of our pupils to achieve a successful grade. The units are varied providing students with the skills and knowledge to use IT when planning projects for business and home use.

The Computing Curriculum - Key Stage 3

From September 2019, Pupils at key stage 3 have one lesson a week in Years 7, 8 and 9. Students will choose options for GCSEs at the end of year 9 for the start in year 10. A wide variety of projects are covered during the three years that not only cover the National Curriculum but also engage students in activities relevant to their own lives and interests

As always the subject of computing moves at a rapid pace and we remain focused on the future. In order to be successful we need to nurture students during key stage 3 in preparation for keys stage 4, ensuring they have the relevant educational foundations to succeed at their GCSEs. We also wish to engage our students more fully by broadening their access to new computing opportunities. Therefore we have developed new projects over the last year as a priority at Key stage 3. These include Kodu programming, Scratch Programming, an introduction to Python Programming, Understanding How Computers Work, an Introduction to Networking and many more.

 

(Jan 2019)