Computer Science & ICT

'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 crucial. 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 & Computer Science is taught as a subject in Years 7 to 9. During these three years we teach the skills associated with successful use of office applications as well as ‘computational thinking.’  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.

 

In 2011 the government made drastic changes to move the ICT curriculum which was hailed as ‘crucial’ over to a more Computer Science based study.

Why do we teach Computer Science?

“This is not primarily about equipping the next generation to work as software engineers; it is about promoting computational thinking. Computational thinking is how software engineers solve problems. It combines mathematics, logic and algorithms, and teaches you a new way to think about the world.

Computational thinking teaches you how to tackle large problems by breaking them down into a sequence of smaller, more manageable problems. It allows you to tackle complex problems in efficient ways that operate at huge scale. It involves creating models of the real world with a suitable level of abstraction, and focus on the most pertinent aspects. It helps you go from specific solutions to general ones.
The applications of this approach stretch beyond writing software. Fields as diverse as mechanical engineering, fluid mechanics, physics, biology, archaeology and music are applying the computational approach. In business we are beginning to understand that markets often follow rules that can be discerned using computational analysis.

Computational thinking is a skill that everyone should learn. Even if you never become a professional software engineer, you will benefit from knowing how to think this way. It will help you understand and master technology of all sorts and solve problems in almost any discipline. “

(Dr Dan Crow, Professor of Computer Science, Leeds University)


The option to choose GCSE Computer Science 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 Computer Science & 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. In the Computer Science & 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 skills development. 

 

Department Staff

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 c.wright@belvedereacademy.net

 

Computer Science Belvedere Girls leading the way:

http://www.educatemagazine.com/encouraging-girls-study-computer-science