Computing here at Stringer offers opportunities for students to:
- Prepare them for participation in a rapidly changing world where activities are increasingly transformed by access to ICT
- Develop initiative and independent learning skills
- Gain rapid access to ideas and experience from a wide range of people, communities and cultures
Year 7 Computing
Being at a new school and learning new information can be daunting for Year 7 students. Students are taught in their tutor groups and have discrete ICT 1 hour a week. We, at Dorothy Stringer, have created an inviting and exciting first year. The course initially involves looking at using the school network system and how to work safely and responsibly on the network. Internet - or cyber - bullying has become a big issue with the increase of social networking among young people and our first project is designed to make students aware of the rules and etiquette involved in communicating in all aspects of ICT. Following this, students are introduced to the concept of modelling information, running databases and desk top publishing. We also look at control systems, including how to use coding to build models that help improve the quality of our lives. Students are assessed according the assessment criteria laid out in the Assessing Students Progress criteria and will be given an assessment level each term.
Year 8 Computing
Year 8 builds on the assessment levels they achieve in Year 7. The class work is task-based and encourages independent learning and creativity. Dorothy Stringer has a progressive attitude towards ICT and is keen to use new and contemporary programmes as well as teach more advanced techniques in the Windows Office Suite. Students have the opportunity to learn video editing, audio editing, website creation, HTML coding, 3D design and animation. All their work is assessed according to the APP criteria.
Year 9 Computing
In Year 9 students are encouraged to work more independently in projects that involve web site creation, Flash animation, Java and HTML coding and writing control systems. They will have further opportunities to use 3D design and animation programmes, create Apps and use game-building software to create interactive material. Their work is assessed to help students achieve their 'target' grade at the end of Key Stage 3.
Functional Skills in Computing
The term 'functional' should be considered in the broad sense of providing learners with the skills and abilities they need to take an active and responsible role in their communities, in their everyday lives, workplaces and educational settings.
Students learn how to use their ICT skills to take an active and responsible role in their communities, in their everyday lives, future workplaces and educational settings. Functional ICT enables students to be able to use ICT in ways that make them effective and involved as citizens.
Functional ICT requires learners to be able to use ICT in ways that make them effective and involved as citizens, able to operate confidently in life and to work in a wide range of contexts. The ICT programme of study for key stage 4 embeds the level 2 Functional Skills standards. The key concepts reflect the ICT functional skills standards:
- ICT capability, where learners use a range of ICT tools in a purposeful way to tackle questions, solve problems and create ideas and solutions of value in a range of contexts, and in other areas of learning, work and life
- Communication and collaboration, where learners share and exchange information safely, effectively and responsibly
- Exploring ideas and manipulating information, and becoming aware of the impact of technology, including issues of risk and safety surrounding the use of ICT critical evaluation of information and of the use of ICT