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'Future generations will thank us for the fight we are undertaking to promote ICT and ensure we have a world class workforce who can compete in a digital world.' (NAACE)
'ICT in Education is important! ICT is one of the key skills needed to access and enrich learning of all kinds. It's all about communication, and in the world in which our children are growing up, it is vital; whatever they do, they will have to be ICT-literate. ICT connects all areas of the curriculum. The internet can be a powerful resource; if children aren't connected at home school provision becomes even more important. ICT should be seen as an essential skill because if you aren't using it all the time, you forget how to!' Clare Copeland
At Belvedere, Key Stage 3 ICT is taught as a subject in Years 7 to 9. During these three years we teach the skills associated with successful use of word processing, DTP, database, graphics and spreadsheet packages. Students also complete work on data-logging and control. Our aim is for students to develop understanding of what packages can do and how to get the required output. We want our students to be able to make reasoned decisions about the use of ICT in a range of situations, and to use computer systems with confidence.
ICT can be used to find, develop, analyse and present information, as well as to model situations and solve problems. ICT enables rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures, and allows pupils to collaborate and exchange information on a wide scale. ICT acts as a powerful force for change in society and citizens should have an understanding of the social, ethical, legal and economic implications of its use, including how to use ICT safely and responsibly. Increased capability in the use of ICT supports initiative and independent learning, as pupils are able to make informed judgments about when and where to use ICT to enhance their learning and the quality of their work. At Key Stage 4, girls who choose ICT take ‘AQA GCSE in Information and Communication Technology.’ This provides coverage of IT theory and a chance to develop practical skills further. The option to choose GCSE Computing gives pupils the opportunity to develop their Programming skills which were introduced at Key Stage 3 and apply these in controlled assessment tasks, a written examination and to learn more about the theoretical side of Computer Science.
As part of the enrichment Programme we offer lunchtime ICT Drop-in for all Key Stages. It is an excellent opportunity for students to come along and complete cross-curricular ICT work as well as their homework research. After school enrichment is run twice weekly and open to ICT/ Computing GCSE and A Level Coursework students only. In the ICT department we are also very appreciative of the work of our student ICT Volunteers who willingly give up some of their lunchtimes to support younger students with their ICT skills development.
Miss T Foster Subject Leader of Computer Science & ICT
Mrs V Brown Teacher of ICT/ Computer Science & Business Studies
Please contact Mr Wright for detailed curriculum information at firstname.lastname@example.org