Year 7 students began Key Stage 3 Computing by 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, as well as learning about the digital footprint. This learning will end with the girls completing some group work to demonstrate their knowledge. 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 is not about telling them to avoid social media and different technologies but to make them aware and to give them the skills to be able to keep both themselves and others safe. It is designed to give the pupils the knowledge about privacy settings and private accounts and to show them where they can go for help and support. Year 8 students are learning about internet searching techniques. They will explore a variety of research including primary and secondary, 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 advanced publisher skills. They have conducted some secondary research around magazines and looked at the design of a variety of magazines and publications. They have reviewed these publications and are starting to generate ideas for their own magazine design. The girls are in the process of carrying out primary research into magazine designs and topics for magazines. The girls will analyse their findings and using this research, will start to design their own professional-looking magazine.
Curriculum Leader for C.A.T., Faculty