ICT Department

We aim to empower children with the creative skills that will be required to close the ever-widening gap between “users” and “creators” that is becoming more and more obvious in the IT industry today, with a worldwide shortage of skilled programmers. It is no longer enough to be able to use a computer; we want the computer users of tomorrow to be the creators of their own information-rich digital media.

In the ICT department, we are concerned with the digital world in all its forms.  Being digitally literate is an increasingly vital attribute of the 21st Century global citizen. In addition to teaching the use of the standard Office applications like Word, Excel, database (Access), PowerPoint and Web-authoring, we are currently teaching computer programming skills to reflect the importance and benefits of coding as a higher order cognitive skill.

Students are introduced to programming concepts.  They then use graphical programming applications such as Scratch, Alice, and Greenfoot to facilitate development of their coding skills using non-threatening, attractive interfaces.

The Computer Laboratory is well-equipped with modern smartboard.  All workstations are connected to our local school network and have filtered internet access. We are very well-provisioned with software; each workstation carries a wide range of installed programs.

In grades 4 through to 7, students will learn to program in “real” programming languages such as FLOWOL and Scratch.

Projects are based on a flexible assessment for learning framework; pupils are provided with outcomes and success criteria and encouraged to be as creative as possible.  Peer assessment, evaluation and feedback are used as part of the assessment tools.  Pupils use online tools to maintain a website portfolio of work and use google drive to backup and access their work.

In grades 8 and 9, pupils can choose to take a course in IGCSE ICT or IGCSE COMPUTER SCIENCE and carry it through to grade 10. These courses have both practical and theoretical components and are assessed by two different exams. For the first academic year of the two-year syllabus for Cambridge International Examinations courses, students will be covering the majority of practical elements which include document production, data manipulation, presentation, Web-authoring and data analysis.

Students will cover half of the theoretical elements of the course, which includes types and components of computer networks, input and output devices, storage devices and media, and the effects of using ICT.  Students will undertake regular end of unit assessments which will count towards their end of grade 10, and will attempt past paper questions at the end of every unit.  Students will take a past paper on units that have been covered at the end of the first academic year which will help to give students a predicted grade for the end of grade 10.

The Information Communication Technology (ICT) syllabus encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, which will be useful to them in their work across the curriculum and prepare them for future employment. They will develop understanding of the implications of technology in society, including social, economic and ethical uses and awareness of the ways ICT can help in home, learning, and work environments.

The syllabus combines theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability to use common software applications to solve problems, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, web browsers and website design. Learners analyze, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems; ensuring that they are fit for purpose.

Assessment of the practical tests is hardware and software independent. Any hardware platform, operating system, and applications packages can be used, providing that learners have the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of skills in the syllabus.

On the other hand, learners following the Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science syllabus develop their understanding of the main principles of problem solving using computers. They can apply their understanding to develop computer-based solutions to problems using algorithms and a high-level programming language. Learners also develop a range of technical skills, as well as the ability to effectively test and evaluate computing solutions. Studying Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science will help learners appreciate current and emerging computing technologies, the benefits of their use, and recognize their potential risks.

Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science helps learners develop an interest in computing and gain confidence in computational thinking. It is an ideal foundation for further study at Cambridge International AS and A Level, and the skills learnt can also be used in other areas of study and in everyday life. From the 2015 examination series, this syllabus will replace Cambridge IGCSE Computer Studies (syllabus code 0420).

For the final academic year, students will complete the remainder of the syllabus with the aim to finish at the end of semester one.  Semester two will be spent reviewing units that have been taught from the beginning of the course and students will attempt both theoretical and past papers on a weekly basis.  Students will cover website design in the second year of their IGCSE as this is quite a lengthy unit.  The final assessment at the end of grade 10 will consist of two practical based exams and one theoretical exam which will take place. The Computer Science program is no different from the IGCSE ICT in terms of syllabus coverage.

All pupils are provided with a local network login and storage space and also a free Google Apps account giving them access to web mail, web space, Cloud storage, online chat and contacts sharing.