Welcome to the Computing Department

Aims

Computing is a resource to help all pupils to reach their full potential in learning across the whole curriculum. It exists to allow all pupils to develop their capability and confidence in using computing, which will be later relevant to further education, employment and life generally. We want our pupils to use St. Peter's computing facilities. Through their use, a pupil can build up their capability and confidence.

Every pupil is an individual member of the School network with his or her own user name and password. Each pupil (Key Stage 3) has one fifty minute lesson per week in a specialist computing room. A Computer Lab is open, supervised by one of our Technicians, as a Breakfast Club 8.35 to 8.50 and during lunchtime for schoolwork 12.50 to 1.35.

 

Curriculum

At Key Stage 3, all pupils have one lesson of Computing per week and cover a full range of Computing (see table) which covers the new National Curriculum for Computing. As a Visual Arts College we are developing the use of digital still images/graphics, video and sound editing. At Key Stage 4, we offer a GCSE in Computing (from the OCR exam board).

 

Accommodation/software and facilities

The department itself has a suite of 3 dedicated Computer Labs which, when not being used for discrete Computing, are a bookable resource. Each room has an interactive whiteboard, visualizer, and access to a scanner, digital cameras, sound recording and printers.

Around School, there are subject specific COMPUTING classrooms - Art, MFL, Maths, Science, Technology, Music as well as the LRC.

For general ICT purposes the School uses Microsoft Office (Word, Publisher, Excel, Access and PowerPoint), we also make use of Serif software packages such as PhotoPlus, WebPlus and MoviePlus. Pupils have access to Computing software such as Kodu (Microsoft Games Lab), Scratch (MIT Media Lab), Game Maker Studio (Yoyo Games) and Python 3 (Open Source).

The School also offers External Access to the school network.  Pupils can continue their work by using the School network from home.  The School has this website, which acts as its ‘shop window’ as well as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts (we have a growing number of ‘friends and ‘followers’).  All pupils and staff have their own email account.  Within School, pupils can share files via the ‘Shared Drive’.  We are encouraging pupils to have accounts with ‘Cloud’ providers instead of using pen drives.

School has installed wireless access points across the site, which allows staff and pupils to access the School networks/internet from (practically) anywhere within the School buildings (and grounds).  The School has established a number of sets of netbooks/IPads in secure cabinets around School allowing teachers to take them to their own classrooms for pupil use.

 


Year

ICT Unit of Study

7

Intro to St Peter’s network (passwords, email account, user space, remote access, Cloud storage and printing), second part of slide presentation (transition task) where we will complete three slides and at the same time make sure pupils experience – using a digital camera, creating a short video, recording and editing  their voice  and using a scanner.  During this time pupils will complete a Unit called ‘Using Computers Safely, Effectively and Responsibly’

7

Introduction to coding through Kodu – intro to fundamentals of computer programming and game design

7

Spreadsheet Modelling (Microsoft Excel)

7

Programming with Game Maker – intro to game editor/programming environment

 

 

8

Understanding Computers

8

Games Programming in Scratch  (2014/15 replaced with Spreadsheet Modelling)

8

Database Development (Microsoft Access)

8

Graphics (using Photoshop or Serif PhotoPlus)

 

 

9

Computer Crime and Cyber Security

9

Sound Editing in Audacity

9

Introduction to Python (Programming Language)

9

Creating a Video (2014/15 replaced with  Understanding Computers)

 

 

10/11

The School offers GCSE Computing (OCR Exam Board) as an option