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Computing

The Computing department forms part of the Business and Computing Faculty. Computing and ICT is taught from Years 7 – 13 either as a mandatory subject or as an option at GCSE or A Level. Computing covers a broad range of topics and activities, including programming, algorithm design, understanding how computers work and communications. ICT is more focussed on using computers to complete everyday tasks, such as word processing and use of spreadsheet software.

Practical work using the computers is an important aspect of Computing and ICT at Wolfreton. Students will be given the opportunity to use the computer to complete tasks, such as programming, starting in Year 7. Equally the opportunity to develop their skills is given through project work and assessments range from exam questions to coursework projects. 

Staff Position
Mr A Paffley Subject Leader of Computing
Mr J Dowsland Teacher of Computing
Mrs C Collinson Teacher of Computing

Key Stage 3 

In Years 7 and 8, students follow courses to fulfil the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum says:

“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.  The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. “

 

Students study the following units in Key Stage 3:

Year 7

Year 8

  • Scratch
  • E-Safety
  • Hardware and Software
  • Small Basic
  • Kodu
  • Spreadsheets
  • Understanding Computers
  • Databases
  • Small Basic Continued
  • Networks
  • Binary Logic
  • Sound and E-Safety

 

Additional resources Key Stage 3 Computing

Encourage your child to:

  • Install the free applications used at school to further develop their skills
  • Attend lunch or after school sessions to access support with class or homework
  • Loop for opportunities to independently practice computing and ICT skills, such as using a Raspberry PI or BBC Micro:Bit to complete mini computing projects.

A range of resources can also be found on Doddle and on the school’s virtual learning environment Frog:

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk

https://frog.wolfreton.co.uk

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

Key Stage 4 

At Key Stage 4, all students cover the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Computing.

In addition, students can opt to study a computing course as part of the Pathways Process.

GCSE COMPUTER STUDIES (Edexcel)

Aims of the course:

The course should prepare students who wish to work in the IT industry. This includes the development of computer programs, computer network systems and IT support. This course is also appropriate for those who may wish to study further in the field of Computer Science.

Course content:

The GCSE is made up of several parts, most of which will be assessed through external examination.

Principles of Computer Science and Application of Computational Thinking

Students study the following units:

  • Problem solving using computational skills
  • Programming
  • Data
  • Computers
  • Communication and the internet
  • The bigger picture

Practical project

The purpose of this component, which takes the form of a project, is to test student skills in responding to computer science problems. The examining body will provide a project brief that describes a problem that students will need to solve by developing a computer program in the following stages:

  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Implementation
  • Testing, refining and evaluation

Students will learn an appropriate language to complete this project.

Assessment:

Component 1 (40%) is an exam covering all topics. Component 2 (40%) is also an exam covering key elements of algorithms and programming. Component 3 (20%) is a practical programming project completed under controlled conditions. 

ECDL

Aims of the course:

The course should prepare students to work with ICT by developing their computer skills. The aim of the course is to provide the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the key skills required in further and higher education and employment.

Course content:

This GCSE equivalent course is made up of four units:

Improving Productivity using IT

Students will:

  • plan, select and use appropriate IT systems and software for different purposes;
  • review and adapt the ongoing use of IT tools and systems to make sure that activities are successful;
  • develop and test solutions to improve the ongoing use of IT tools and systems.

Presentation Software

Students will:

  • input and combine text and other information within presentation slides;
  • use presentation software tools to structure, edit and format slide sequences;
  • prepare a slideshow for presentation.

Spreadsheet Software

Students will:

  • use a spreadsheet to enter, edit and organise numerical and other data;
  • select and use appropriate formulas and data analysis tools to meet requirements;
  • select and use tools and techniques to present and format spreadsheet information.

Word Processing Software

Students will:

  • enter and combine text and other information accurately within word processing documents;
  • create and modify layout and structures for word process documents;
  • use word processing software tools to format and present documents effectively to meet requirements.

Assessment:

Each unit is assessed separately and is worth 25% of the full qualification. Assessment will be through practical testing using the software for the Spreadsheets, Presentation and Word Processing software units. A synoptic assessment will be made for the ‘Improving Productivity using IT’ unit and may combine practical and written answers.

Students will be awarded a grade from Distinction* - Pass (equivalent to A*-C GCSE).

Additional resources GCSE Computer Studies or ECDL 

Encourage your son / daughter to:

  • Use the video support materials to revise and practice at home
  • Look out for the relevant ECDL or Computing textbooks available to help with study
  • Install the relevant programming software to practice skills learned at school

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk

https://frog.wolfreton.co.uk

https://www.gcsepod.com

We also recommend the purchase of revision guides through the school to further assist students’ work outside the classroom. 

Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

Sixth Form Courses 

ICT CAMBRIDGE TECHNICAL (OCR)

From September 2016, students will follow the OCR Cambridge Technical specification.

Aims of the course:

The Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma was has been developed to meet the changing needs of the sector.  The course offers a more in-depth look at ICT in the workplace and gives you an insight into its role in specialist careers.

The new course has been designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector.  It focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand.

Course Content:

Units include:

  • Application Design
  • Web Design and Prototyping
  • Global Information
  • Internet of Everything
  • Fundamentals in IT

Assessment:

  • 60% Coursework
  • 40% Examination

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