Computer Science teacher – Mr N Narewal
During key stage 3 pupils at St George’s Academy will learn to become independent users of ICT and budding Computer Scientists.
Developing their skills in a creative and stimulating environment. No matter what age a student starts here, their focus is on using ICT in an efficient and effective way, considering the purpose of the project and the audience it is intended for.
The use of ICT facilitates independent learning as pupils can quickly and efficiently research information no matter what the subject. Pupils also have a better understanding of how ICT can help improve their knowledge and learning experience as many projects developed in the Computer Science department have close links with other subjects. Examples of these would be creating animations for Art to algorithms for Maths.
- To develop an Information & Communication Technology capability through individual and team activities which involve a range of themes, applications and data, and which lead to practical results.
- To develop knowledge and understanding of the importance of Information & Communication Technology in the world today.
At Key stage 4 students will be working towards attaining an Edexcel Btec Award for IT Users.
This is a vocational course that encourages learners to develop lifelong skills, which will be useful to them in their work across the curriculum and prepare them for future employment. They will develop an understanding of the implications of technology in society, including social, economic and ethical issues.
How parents can help:
The school has a new Virtual Learning Environment which allows access to the student’s lessons. These can be accessed from a home PC and will allow students to work independently on their schoolwork.
Homework tasks will also be set through the VLE and the students will be able to submit their work electronically to their teachers for marking.
At school we use the Microsoft Office package for creating documents, publications, spreadsheets and presentations. You could purchase Microsoft Office for your son or daughter to use at home (students do get a large discount on its price). Or, You could get a free office package called Apache Open Office that does the same kinds of things as the Microsoft program for free.
We also use a program called Scratch to get students to learn about the amazing world of Computer Programming. Students can progress past Scratch and do more complex programming using a wonderful language called Python.
Parents are encouraged to discuss the project topics and suggest possible ways that homework tasks can be completed. Commenting on the use of computers in daily life and how important they are will help students to see ICT as a skill that is essential to their child’s education.