ICT & Computing

Introduction and Benefits

For Years 10 and 11 look at our separate ICT and Computing pages

Passionate about ICT?

At CGS we believe that ICT is an integral component of your education. Whilst used to support other subject areas, ICT is very relevant in today’s society as a subject in its own right. Understanding the theory behind ICT will aid your development of all the skills and techniques you will need in the future.

So what is ICT?

The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life. ICT capability encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. ICT capability is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society. ICT can be used to find, develop, analyse and present information, as well as to model situations and solve problems.

ICT can be an exciting career choice. From developing software and web sites, to creating multimedia or graphics, to handling data and modelling financial situations, there is a career in ICT for any of us.

With that in mind, let us show you the first steps you will take in your learning journey by outlining the subject and topic areas we will be covering over KS3,4 & 5.

Curriculum Outline

E-Safety

At Colston’s Girls’ School, we consider E-Safety a vital part of a student’s education. Our Year 7 programme of study starts with an E-Safety module where students learn the basics of safe browsing and the correct way to protect passwords and then continue to more complex areas including social networking and being responsible digital citizens. Whilst E-Safety is explicitly taught in Year 7, every available opportunity is taken throughout Key Stage 3 to re-iterate and build upon how to be safe and responsible when using technology.

Presenting Information

This strand of our curriculum focuses on creating products which are fit for a purpose or an audience. Over the Key Stage, this strand is embedded across all the units we teach. There is a Business Materials unit which deals with the teaching of this skill for publications and another unit which focuses on moving images and video, but we are monitoring and guiding students’ presentation of their work in each unit.

Data Handling

The Data Handling strand allows students to explore the application of ICT techniques to data and figures. Everyone will learn a range of skills and techniques for manipulating data and numbers whilst using spreadsheet and database management software. This strand is introduced in Year 7 and built upon in Years 8 and 9.

Programming and Sequencing Instructions

Over the Key Stage, Programming and Sequencing Instructions is taught at least once in each academic year. In Year 7, we start with some programming frameworks which allow students to create games whilst teaching them programming in the background. Year 8 and 9 move into applying programming techniques to real world situations including app design for mobile phones, then lead in to the fundamentals of programming and learning languages from scratch.

Graphics

Another use of ICT in the real world sees us learning techniques for representing information and images in 2 and 3 dimensions. Computer Art is essential for designing and creating new digital material and there is teaching time given to 2D and 3D representation and modelling as well as photo editing and image manipulation.

Software Used

Alongside the Micrsoft Office suite, we make use of a number of Adobe programs as well as Microsoft Kodu, MIT Scratch, Flowol, Google Sketchup, MIT App Inventor and Serif Web Plus. Many of these programs can be downloaded at home for free.

Resources

  • Two purpose-built ICT rooms with modern PCs.
  • Latest design and productivity software from Microsoft, Adobe, Serif and Google
  • Computer programming software. Games programming software
  • 3D modelling software

Staff Contacts

  • Mr A Young, Head of Department
  • Mrs E Thompson