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Computing covers the principles behind all computer and digital technology. At Flegg, all pupils learn about computing and ICT (the use of computer software to complete tasks and projects) in dedicated computer labs with 1 to 1 computers.

 

95% of jobs in the UK require some computer use. The computing sector is one of the few that has grown throughout the recent recession and both government and industry have identified a shortage of new entrants to the jobs market with skills in coding, computer science and technical aspects of ICT.

 

Option GCSE computer science

Computer science opens up the magic box and explains how it works. This includes programming (focussing on Python) but also covers the logic behind the way that computer circuits process and calculate, how sound and images can be stored and compressed using binary numbers, how computer hardware is structured and how software interacts with it, networks, data, future developments and ethical issues surrounding technology.

As part of the course, pupils will master programming their own applications. They will learn how to build a computer and administer a network.

 

Computer science is a demanding and exciting GCSE course that will prepare pupils to become real computer specialists, at a time when computer specialists are hugely in demand.

 

Core computing and ICT

All pupils study computing and ICT in years 7, 8 and 9.

 

At the end of year 9, pupils sit the FCDL examination  to provide them with a vocational qualification focussing on the most commonly used tasks for which non-specialists use computers.

 

The course includes digital literacy, information technology and computing, and as such is highly relevant to today’s job market. It explores all the latest tech innovations. It also helps you cope in a world where we have to deal with more and more information and more and more technical sophistication. It provides real skills that are sought after by employers, such as the ability to create websites, animations, documents and financial spreadsheets. Pupils will learn the principals of software use, data, coding, networking, web development, control and monitoring, as well as e-safety strategies. They will learn the principals behind programming and the internet. They will also learn to evaluate information reliability and investigate how the internet and other technologies are changing the world, for good and bad.

 

Intervention and support

A computer club runs every Tuesday, open to all pupils. There are work catch up sessions for key stage 4 pupils in room 18 after school until 5pm on Tuesdays with Mr Bufford.

 

Support is also available via the ICT website at http://www.flegg.norfolk.sch.uk/ictwebsite/. As well as this pupils and parents can access users areas and pupil resources through the home access portal available on the website. We also have a youtube channel and Twitter feed to provide news, links, videos and quizzes.

 

 

Events and news from the last year

We have had visits from many people involved in different IT careers, including army telecommunications, games design, data mining, Google, BT openreach network engineers and robotics.

 

Visit by UEA to deliver a girls coding day using Alice programming and animation.

 

Local programmer Sam Bancroft visited several computer science lessons and computer clubs

 

Google Classroom day – all pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 tried out 3d headsets as Google visited the school

 

Computer science and STEM combined to get a raspberry pi into space

 

Raspberry pi camera project to film “Sports Day in 2 minutes”

 

Pupils entered Manchester Animation 17 competition

 

First computer science GCSEs sat in 2017 with 60% A*-C grades achieved

 

Adult computer education classes rolled out after school to beginners from the Martham community

 

Activities and competitions coming soon:

 

Bafta Young Games Designer competition will be running in 2018 – see http://ygd.bafta.org/ for more details

 

Manchester Animation 18 animation competition – see http://animation18.cs.manchester.ac.uk/

 

Scratchoff – an Eastern Region competition using the Scratch block dragging program – a version of which can be found at https://scratch.mit.edu/

 

Visits planned to server centres and a computer museum – watch this space

 

 

To download the ICT curriculum map click HERE