Key Stage 3 Computing
Key Stage 3 Computing have started this academic year with Year 7 students learning about different aspects of online safety including cyber-bullying, social networking and how to stay safe using this media. They will be learning about viruses and other dangers to technology and learning about the digital footprint. This learning will end with the girls completing a presentation to demonstrate their learning. The students will have to choose an aspect of online safety themselves and then create a number of products to make young people aware of the dangers.
The teaching of online safety is crucial with young people. It isn’t to tell them not to use social media and different technologies but to make them aware and give them the skills to be able to keep both themselves and others safe, whether that be younger siblings or even older. It is designed to give the students the knowledge about privacy settings and private accounts and to make them aware of where they can go for help and support.
Year 8 students have been learning about internet searching techniques and looking into a variety of research including primary and secondary research, with the girls conducting their own primary research around the topic of aliens. The girls will be analysing their findings and then producing an information leaflet about aliens using a variety of sources.
Year 9 students are learning about website skills. They have looked at a variety of websites and analysed the design of these looking at a range of features the websites have included. They have developed a detailed plan for their own website, created a logo to include and created a variety of assets.
Year 9 are currently completing a number of workshops hosted by local business, DXC Technologies. The workshop is all about Digital Transformation. The students worked in pairs, looking at a problem that could be digitally transformed. They completed some market research and created a prototype of the product. They will present these ideas to DXC Technologies in the new year to see who the winner is.
GCSE Computer Science
Year 11 have now completed all the theory for the course and we are now looking at how to answer and tackle the 2 different exam papers. We are revising the harder units and building confidence with the exam questions.
The year 10 girls have had a fantastic term and have been learning the theory behind computers. They are starting to understand how the components of computers all work together. The girls have completed some assessments and there have been some incredible results! Keep up the hard work!
BTEC Creative Media Production
The year 11 students have completed the final assessment piece. They have either re-imaged an existing magazine front cover and double page spread or an existing homepage for a website. They have had to adapt it to make sure it is suitable for a teenage audience. We are now preparing for their final practical exam.
Curriculum Leader for the C.A.T. Faculty