How Computing and ICT contributes to the Curriculum
Computer technology is at the heart of society. It aims to enhance lives with a vast array of applications such as World-wide communication; medical scanners and developing complex climate change models. During this course we are passionate that our students increase their confidence and computational skills and consider this field of study as a potential pathway to a rewarding career. There are so many challenges ahead and creative engineers are needed for the benefit of future generations. The journey could start here.
- We have 4 fully equipped teaching suites
- We have PCs available in a variety of different rooms around the school. In total, pupils have access to over 300 systems around the school including 10 PCs in the Learning Hub and two working areas in Technology with 20 PCs available, one of which is dedicated to Control Technology
- We have 90 netbooks available which are situated in the Mathematics, Citizenship and Science departments
- We have also invested in Visualiser technology and a number of iPads to see how they can be used to enhance teaching and learning
- We have an ICT support team dedicated to maintain and innovating our schools ICT provision to ensure optimal learning can take place.
Assessment in Computing and ICT
Students in Year 10 and 11 are tested at the end of every half-term. These exams are formal written examinations which are based on previous examination paper questions covering the topics covered over that period of time. The marks from these assessments will be available through Go4schools with appropriate progress targets. In addition to this, all students will be assessed at regular intervals throughout the course with shorter “quiz” style tests. Reflection on test outcomes at an individual and class level is essential to cement terminology and support students in developing their understanding further. Students will also be assessed on their current knowledge through formal “mock” style examinations in the summer term of Year 10 and in January of their Year 11 course.
Personal Development and Cultural Capital in Computing and ICT
The “Coding Club” meets at lunchtime once a week. This targets any students that have a general interest in developing their coding skills. All year groups are welcome.
Who Teaches Computing and ICT
Head of Department:
Mrs. C. Woods, M.A. G.T.P., National Centre for Computing Education – Secondary Certificate
Email: cwoods followed by @ng6.unity-ed.uk
Mrs Woods is a Graduate of the Computer Science Accelerator programme (CSA) and has an MA in Educational Leadership and Management and a BA in English Language and Latin. She has worked across the world and in the UK in Northern Ireland, Suffolk, Kent and Norfolk from being a qualified Nursery Nurse to a City&Guilds Adult Educator – throughout all Key Stages.
Mr. S. Nicholson
Email: snicholson followed by @dsfc.unity-ed.uk
Mr Nicholson graduated from the UEA in 1995 with a degree in Electronic Engineering.
Relevant experience includes: Three years postgraduate research into 3D image enhancement algorithms alongside teaching seminars and laboratory work including coding. Industry experience as both an Aviation Engineer and a Circuit Design Engineer in the technological industry, which included the coding of microcontrollers. Experience also includes speech recognition algorithms. Coding experience is in a variety of programming languages.