ICT and Computer Science
Welcome to the Kingsmead School ICT and Computer Science Learning Team.
Information Communication Technology is now present in every aspect of our lives. Here at Kingsmead we believe that the ability to participate effectively in this digital global economy and online society is of the utmost importance. Employers in all sectors of industry and commerce are increasingly demanding skilled IT users at every level in the workplace. When you apply for your first job or college place, ICT will be a key qualification that will set you out as a desirable candidate.
- At Key Stage 3 (Year 7 & 8), our students are taught to:
- understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct, and know how to report concerns
- undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users
- create, reuse, revise and repurpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability
- design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems
- understand several key algorithms that reflect computational thinking [for example, ones for sorting and searching]; use logical reasoning to compare the utility of alternative algorithms for the same problem
- use 2 or more programming languages, at least one of which is textual, to solve a variety of computational problems; make appropriate use of data structures [for example, lists, tables or arrays]; design and develop modular programs that use procedures or functions
- understand simple Boolean logic [for example, AND, OR and NOT] and some of its uses in circuits and programming; understand how numbers can be represented in binary, and be able to carry out simple operations on binary numbers [for example, binary addition, and conversion between binary and decimal]
- understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
- understand how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system; understand how data of various types (including text, sounds and pictures) can be represented and manipulated digitally, in the form of binary digits
At Key Stage 4 (Year 9, 10 & 11), students all students are given the opportunity to study aspects of information technology and computer science at sufficient depth to allow them to progress to higher levels of study or to a professional career.
- All students learn to:
- understand how changes in technology affect safety, including new ways to protect their online privacy and identity, and how to report a range of concerns
- develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology
- develop and apply their analytic, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills
The learning team has organised the opportunity for students to participate in cross-curricular Computing and ICT activities through the School’s Challenge Days.
Top 5 useful websites:
Kingsmead ICT Moodle http://moodle.kingsmead-school.com
Revision Notes www.revision-notes.co.uk
BBC Bitesize ICT www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ict/
Teach ICT www.teach-ict.com
Computer Lessons & Tutorials www.jegsworks.com/