In the Westgate School ICT Department, the curriculum inspires and challenges all learners whilst preparing them for future. The aim is to develop a coherent and challenging knowledge rich curriculum that builds on students’ experiences in the primary phase so that our students make a positive impact in the world they live.
The Westgate School ICT and Computer Science department is committed to giving each child the best experience possible, by developing innovative schemes of work that are delivered by enthusiastic teachers in safe and secure environment.
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At KS3 students learn practical computing and ICT skills that will help them across the curriculum and prepare them for the world of work.
For example: In Year 7 pupils learn about e-safety and how to stay safe online. They also learn how to search the Internet more effectively, which will also help them save time with their homework for other subjects. They are encouraged to make high-quality publications themed around a particular topic. This teaches them excellent graphics and desktop publishing skills. Later on in the year, they are taught key programming skills using graphical products such as Scratch.
This range of software, programming and hardware knowledge is developed through Years 8 and 9 to further prepare the students either for the workplace or for higher study at Key Stage 4.
AQA GCSE Computer Science
During the GCSE Computer Science course you will cover the following:
• Computational thinking: this is the process of thinking through a complex problem, taking the time to understand what the problem is and then develop potential solutions for evaluation. These are then presented in a way that a computer, a human, or both, can understand.
• Theoretical content: here you will understand the fundamentals of data representation and computer networks. You will earn about the computer systems that you will create and use and also delve in to the world cyber security and ethical legal and environmental impacts of digital technology.
• Aspects of software development: understand how to implement and test a design to make sure it works effectively. Learn how to complete an overall evaluation to help refine the end product.
The GCSE Computer Science has two written exams which are 1 hour 30 minutes each. Together they contribute to 80% of the overall grade. The non-exam assessment assesses their ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical programming problem. They will follow a systematic approach to problem solving and will be assessed over 20 hours of work, which makes up the final 20% of the assessment. This is completed under controlled conditions in Year 11.
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