Mr A Ward, Head of ICT
Miss V Morris
Mr R Young
Mr J Tompsett-Ince

KS3 Specification ICT
GCSE Specification ICT

As a department we aim to deliver exciting and challenging lessons utilizing the Key Stage 3 Strategy guidelines. We use these as guidance to our teaching and learning and support it by endeavoring to ensure that students:

  • experience exciting and interesting ICT lessons. Each ICT lesson consists of a series of brief activities in order to provide variety and challenge to the lesson.
  • are actively involved in the lesson, thinking hard, being challenged, aware of objectives and outcomes and assisting each other where necessary.
  • are more able to do things for themselves, taking into consideration personal learning and thinking skills (PLTs). (Independent Enquirer, Creative Thinker, Team Worker, Reflective Learner, Self Manager, Effective Participator).
  • have extra support if they are not living up to their potential. We benefit in many of our lessons by the support of dedicated and highly skilled Teaching Assistants.
Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 the fundamental under lying principle is that of problem solving. This is underpinned by Computational thinking where the four cornerstones are:

  • pattern recognition – looking for similarities among and within problems
  • abstraction – focusing on the important information only, ignoring irrelevant detail
  • algorithms – developing a step-by-step solution to the problem, or the rules to follow to solve the problem

We aim to deliver these through a variety of different strategies: some paper based, some using computers, some using programming languages and others are very logical problems! The challenges to solve can range from linguistic / language learning: the programming language Python for example, pictorial tasks, through to a variety of different mathematical challenges. Further to this we have a good relationship with the GCHQ base at Scarborough and (again this is problem solving), use ciphers / keys etc / and our thinking skills to solve problems: this includes taking part in both national and international competitions.

We do cover Cyber Security / Safety in KS3: again with elements of problem solving and we do teach students the basics of spreadsheets and word processing: for CVs / college applications and beyond.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we deliver the OCR Computer Science GCSE. The aims and objectives of the qualification are below.

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation.
  • Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
  • think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • Understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society