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Computing and ICT
At Beaconsfield High School, we recognise the value of both Computing and ICT, both as essential tools to support learning and as fascinating subjects in their own right. Over recent years, due to the ubiquitous nature of IT in society and the greater range of ICT skills new students bring each year, the Computing & ICT Department has developed an innovative and exciting curriculum to match.
A simple way of distinguishing Computing from ICT as subjects is, that where ICT is predominantly based on the skilful use of digital technology, Computing focuses on the understanding and application of the logical processes behind these tools. Our primary focus in the Computing & ICT Department is to introduce the students to the fundamental concepts of computing, while maintaining their skilful use of ICT across the curriculum.
ICT is used in school extensively for writing up homework and projects, for display work, and for research. Most departments use ICT to fulfil the National Curriculum requirements.
The introduction of Microsoft’s Office 365 at BHS is a fundamental step towards using digital technologies more flexibly, lessons focus on tools for real-time collaboration, the benefits of cloud-based file storage and the delivery of learning resources. As part of the BHS O365 license, all pupils are entitled to download for free the latest versions of Microsoft’s Office suite to use at home.
Key Stage 3
All students will study Computing & ICT until the end of Year 9.
In Computing lessons students will complete projects that cover the following key areas:
- Programming & Development
- Data & Data Representation
- Hardware & Processing
- Communication & Networks
At the end of Year 9 students can choose to continue with Computing by selecting Computer Science at GCSE.
ICT is taught directly through out our innovative CAD Skills programme in Years 7, 8 & 9, as part of the carousel of activities offered by the Design & Technology Department.
Key Stage 4
Our current Year 11 students were offered ICT as a GCSE option and are following the AQA ICT Full Course Specification. . The course is concerned with how ICT is used in everyday life with emphasis on use of applications and problem solving. It involves a theory examination and two controlled assessment projects set by the examination board.
Current year 7, 8 and 9 students will be offered the new OCR GCSE in ‘Computer Science’, for study in years 10 and 11. BHS students will first sit this examination in June 2018.
OCR Computer Science GCSE: This qualification is designed to be remain relevant to the modern, changing world of computing. It carries on well from the computing curriculum delivered in years 7, 8 and 9 and building on the essential 21st century skills they have already covered.
· Paper 1: Computer Systems (worth 40%)
· Paper 2: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (worth 40%)
· Non-Exam Assessment: Programming project (worth 20%)