Computing News

Key Stage 3 Computing

Year 7 students have started to investigate the use of a variety of programming codes ranging from ‘Scratch’ to ‘Python’.  In Year 7, the girls will be designing and creating their own game using Scratch. The game must have a healthy eating theme and will include a variety of scripts, sprites and variables. These games will be then evaluated and assessed. I am looking forward to seeing all the imaginative games and designs.

Year 8 students are building their knowledge about binary and will be exploring the world of programming by using Python. This will develop their knowledge from Year 7. The ultimate goal will be to create a mini quiz using Python.

Year 9 students are learning about advanced programming skills using Python. Students have started to recall their previous learning from Year 8 and will now move to more advanced programming skills by discovering functions and loops.

GCSE Computer Science

Computer Science is off to a great start this academic year. Year 11 have started to plan a variety of programs using different algorithms. They will be putting their planning into practice to ensure that they can code these programs successfully.

Year 10 have made a fantastic start to Computer Science. They have learnt about the CPU components and how the CPU works. We are currently learning about a variety of storage devices and how they operate.   

 BTEC Creative Media Production

Year 10 media students have made a great start by learning about a variety of historical and contemporary media products. They have also acquired knowledge about media producers and their purpose. As the weeks progress, the students will select a media product and investigate this product in detail. They will look at the different audiences and the purposes of the product from script writing to camerawork.

Year 7 and Year 8 Computing Club

Come along to room 50, Monday lunchtime from 12:45pm until 1:15pm. Learn about programming and take part in a variety of cyber security challenges as the weeks progress, with the potential to enter competitions nationally. The club starts Monday 26th September. Sign up with Mrs Bennett, room 50. Only a few spaces. First come, first served!

Mrs Bennett,

Curriculum Leader for the C.A.T. Faculty

Computing – Summer Term News 2022

Key Stage 3 Computing

Year 7 have been investigating binary and python basics. The python work builds on the programming  skills the students learnt when they completed Scratch in the Autumn term.

Year 8 have been designing their own music festival and have planned a website to promote this music festival. The students have incorporated a variety of features into their websites, including scrolling text, videos and slideshows. We have been investigating the programing language HTML that sits behind the websites and look at challenging the students to write some HTML code to help produce their websites.

Year 9 have been learning about media and have looked at some of the theory behind films, looking at a range of audiences and purposes and also learning about different narrative structures and character types. They have worked in groups and have planned a film trailer for a teenage audience with a purpose of escapism. The students have produced their scripts and have spent time filming. They are in the process of editing the video clips and incorporating sound effects for the trailer and have a finished product. I am looking forward to seeing what the students produce as there are some interesting ideas and have been some interesting costumes!

GCSE Computer Science

Year 10 have completed all the theory for paper 1, Principles of Computer Science! This theory consists of systems architecture and software, looking at data representation including binary, hexadecimal and sound, learning about networks and how different networks are structured and work, this includes the internet, looking at security of networks and a variety of security issues and finally learning about ethical and environmental issues surrounding Computer Science including legislation. You have all worked extremely hard this year and I look forward to next year when we will focus on paper 2, and the practical elements of the course.

Mrs Bennett

Curriculum Leader for the C.A.T. Faculty

Computing

Key Stage 3 Computing

The final half term sees KS3 Computing being a little creative or learning some basics in Information Technology.  In Year 7, students have been learning all about spreadsheets and are in the process of creating a spreadsheet for a specific scenario that needs to include a range of formulas and charts. Students are doing this independently and are using the skills taught in the previous lessons to do this.

Year 8 are in the process of designing their own music festival and have planned a website to promote this. Students will be incorporating a variety of features into their websites, including scrolling text, videos and slideshows. We have been investigating the programming language, HTML that sits behind the websites. The girls have been challenged to write some HTML codes to help produce their websites.

Year 9 are learning about media and have studied some of the theory behind films, looking at a range of audiences and purposes. They have also learned about different narrative structures and character types. They are working in groups and have planned a film trailer for a teenage audience with a purpose of escapism. Students have produced their scripts and have started to film. They will then edit the video clips and incorporate sound effects for the trailer to give them a finished product. I am looking forward to seeing what the students produce, as there are some interesting ideas and some interesting costumes.

GCSE Computer Science

This term has seen the Year 11 cohort complete their GCSE Computer Science exams. They have been an absolute pleasure to teach. They have worked exceptionally hard and made me extremely proud. Good luck, girls in your future career paths!

Year 10 have completed all the theory for paper 1, ‘Principles of Computer Science’. This theory consists of system architecture and software, looking at data representation including binary, hexadecimal and sound. In addition, learning about networks and how different networks are structured and work. This includes the internet, looking at the security of networks and a variety of security issues and finally learning about ethical and environmental issues surrounding Computer Science, including legislation. You have all worked extremely hard and I look forward to next year when we will focus on paper 2 and the practical elements of the course.

Year 7 and 8 Computing Club

Come along to room 50, Monday lunchtime from 12:45pm until 1:15pm. Learn about programming and take part in a variety of cyber security challenges as the weeks progress with the potential to enter competitions nationally. Sign up with Mrs Bennett, room 50. There are only a few spaces left. First come, first served!

Mrs Bennett

Curriculum Leader for the C.A.T. Faculty

Year 7 and 8 Computing Club

Come along to room 50, Monday lunchtime from 12:45pm until 1:15pm. Learn about programming and take part in a variety of cyber security challenges as the weeks progress with the potential to enter competitions nationally. Sign up with Mrs Bennett, room 50. Only a few spaces left. First come, first served!

Mrs Bennett

Curriculum Leader for Creative Arts and Technology Faculty

BTEC Creative Media Productions

Year 11 have completed their component 3 which is 9 hours of practical exam-based assessment. They have produced some brilliant work and have conducted themselves in a mature manor throughout the process. They have fully completed the course and are now concentrating on the rest of their GCSEs. Good luck!

Mrs Bennett
Curriculum Leader for the C.A.T. Faculty

GCSE Computer Science

Year 11 are in the process of revising for their final GCSE exams. Paper 1 is on the 16th May and paper 2 is on the 27th May. The students are working extremely hard and have been a pleasure to teach. Good luck with the final exams. I know you can do it!

Year 10 will have completed all the theory for paper 1, Principles of Computer Science by the summer holidays. This theory consists of systems architecture and software, looking at data representation including binary, hexadecimal and sound, learning about networks and how different networks are structured and work. This includes the internet, looking at security of networks and a variety of security issues and finally learning about ethical and environmental issues surrounding Computer Science including legislation.

Mrs Bennett
Curriculum Leader for the C.A.T. Faculty

KS3 Computing News

This half term sees KS3 Computing being a little creative and learning some basics in Information Technology.  In year 7, the students have been learning all about spreadsheets and are in the process of creating a spreadsheet for a specific scenario that needs to include a range of formulas and charts. The students are doing this independently and are using the skills taught in the previous lessons to do this.

Year 8 are in the process of designing their own music festival and have planned a website to promote this music festival. The students will be incorporating a variety of features into their websites, including scrolling text, videos and slideshows. We will be investigating the programming language, HTML that sits behind the websites and looking at challenging the girls to write some HTML codes to help produce their websites.

Year 9 are learning about media and have looked at some of the theory behind films. They have looked at a range of audiences and purposes and are also learning about different narrative structures and character types. They are now working in groups to plan a film trailer for a teenage audience with a purpose of escapism. The students have started to produce their scripts and are filming within the next few weeks. They will then work on sounds for the trailer for their finished product. I am looking forward to seeing what the students produce as there are some interesting ideas!

Mrs Bennett
Curriculum Leader for C.A.T. Faculty

BTEC Creative Media Production

Year 11 have finally completed their 9-hour practical exam.  They have completed 5 hours so far and have produced some detailed plans ready for the final creation of their media product. They have prepared the assets that they wish to include in the final product and have spent 4 hours creating their final product. The students have taken this practical 9-hour exam seriously and conducted themselves in a mature manner. Well done!

Mrs Bennett

GCSE Computer Science

Year 11 have completed their final mock exams.  This has helped them to prepare for their GCSE exams in May. The students have been spending the time learning about the practical paper and how to answer some of the challenging questions. All students are very working hard.

Mrs Bennett

Key Stage 3 Computing

All Key Stage 3 students learnt about different aspects of Online Safety which linked to Internet Safer Day which took place on the 8th February 2022. The themes for this year’s Internet Safer Day are ‘Fun and Games’, ‘Exploring Respect’ and ‘Relationships Online’. The students learnt about what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour when playing games online and how to be respectful towards others when playing online games.

Students are increasingly online due to the current climate and are being exposed to a variety of new online tools. It is our responsibility to teach them how to stay safe and what is acceptable use on the software and Apps around today. During these sessions they will gain knowledge about a variety of Apps and how to stay safe when using these Apps and other important information to keep them safe.

Linking to this, as part of STEM Festival, Key Stage 3 are taking part in a competition all about digital footprint.  The students have been asked to design a poster to inform other students around school about the digital footprint and the consequences of posting and sharing items online. The posters will be judged and the winning posters from years 7, 8 and 9 will be printed professionally and displayed around school. Good luck to all those involved and I look forward to announcing the winners in the coming weeks.

Year 9 are currently completing their media unit of work.  The end product will allow students the opportunity to use the video cameras and film a movie trailer which will then be edited. I am looking forward to seeing the finished products.

Mrs Bennett

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  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • SMART
  • UNICEF
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider