Welcome to Computing and ICT
At WSFG all students have the opportunity to learn about technology and learn with technology. All students at KS3 have a formal computing lesson lasting 1 hour per week (Year 7 and 8) and an average of 1.5 hrs per week in Year 9. Some students opt to do Computer Science or ICT at KS4 (Year 10 and 11) and they have 5 hours of lessons every fortnight. As well as formal lessons students have opportunities in all areas of the curriculum to make use of technology with over 300 desktop PCs located in ICT suites and classrooms and 210 laptops that can be used anywhere.
The curriculum is completely online, enabling students to view all teaching resources from any computer or tablet with internet access. We use the London MLE (powered by Fronter) to do this. Students hand-in all their work electronically. Our aim is to eventually reduce our paper usage to zero.
Pupils are taught to:
? 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 two 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
? 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, re-use, revise and re-purpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability
? 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.
Year 10 and 11 pupils who opt for ICT take a GCSE in ICT (Exam Board - Edexcel). This course includes a 40 hour controlled assessment project (worth 60% of the final mark) and an exam taken at the end of the course (worth 40% of the final mark).
More information can be found on the GCSE ICT area of the Edexcel website.
Year 10 and 11 pupils who opt for Computer Science take a GCSE in Computer Science (Exam Board - Edexcel). This course includes two 25 hour controlled assessment project (worth two thirds of the final mark) and an exam taken at the end of the course (worth one third of the final mark).
Students are set home learning projects in computing that may take a number of weeks to complete.
Students should be spending 30 minutes on homework per week in Years 7 and 8, one hour per week in Year 9 and 2 hours per week at KS4.
To support your daughter simply log on to:
Fronter www.fronter.com/waltham-forest/login Username guestuser99 Password welcome
You will be able to view all of the resources that are available to support your daughters learning.
Mark Jones – Teaching and Learning Leader
Neelam Shafiq – 2 i/c ICT Responsible for GCSE Computer Science and Economics
Rukshana Begum – 2i/Ic Responsible for BTEC Business