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The Belvedere Academy

Computing and IT

In Computing and Information Technology, we seek to cultivate the entrepreneurial skills of our students and encourage them to work with integrity and motivation to change the world we live in.

Students are offered a hybrid curriculum so they can make informed choices about where their digital skills can lead. They study computational thinking and problem solving in all units of work and follow the methodologies of Industry and Enterprise. Our schemes of work are designed to give students the confidence to work independently and play to their strengths as part of a team, covering both hardware and software, alongside new and emerging technologies. Students address the impact of technology on our lives; ethically, socially, economically and environmentally.

Through harnessing the power of technology, students develop transferable digital skills which are so essential to break the glass ceilings in this Digital Age and give them the competitive edge they need to enter any career path they choose.

 

The Department

IT and Computing is a teaching department of two: Miss Foster and Mrs Brown. We believe strongly that the power of technology brings people together and our lessons embody this with lots of opportunity for group work and discussion. We encourage our students to challenge the stereotypes in technology based careers, empowering girls to realise their potential in this dynamic field! We believe firmly in the principle that ‘the careers of today are not necessarily the careers of tomorrow’, in IT and Computing lessons we aim to provide you with skills and the technical know-how for careers that may not even have been dreamt of yet!

 

We love getting involved in a variety of competitions and are a force to be reckoned with when we compete! Participating in the GDST's annual Techathon and national competitions held by companies like Vodafone, IT and Computing students love devising, creating and producing a variety of products at the forefront of technology...they love winning too! We also encourage students of all ages to work together on a variety of exciting entrepreneurial endeavours; watch out Alan Sugar! 

 

Despite only being a small department of two, we have big ideas to further your future and we can't wait for you to log on and get started!

 

Course organisation

Year 7

Half Terms

1 & 2

Hardware, Software & File  Management Spreadsheet Modelling

Half Terms

3 & 4

Visual Programming Control Technology

Half Terms

5 & 6

E-Safety (1) Networks
Year 8

Half Terms

1 & 2

Cyber Security (2) Digital Literacy

Half Terms

3 & 4

Database Management Python Programming

Half Terms

5 & 6

Logo Project.
Year 9

Half Terms

1 & 2

The Internet of Everything Computing Unit B

Half Terms

3 & 4

Data Analysis

Computing Unit C

Half Terms

5 & 6

Legislation E-Safety (3)
Year 10

Half Terms

1 & 2

Unit 1 Project management: SDLC

Continuation of Unit 1 Project management: SDLC

Half Terms

3 & 4

Unit 1 Risk assessment, Planning and review

Continuation of Unit 1 Risk assessment, Planning and review

Half Terms

5 & 6

Unit 1 Implementation & Testing

Unit 1 Evaluation & Review

Year 11

Half Terms

1 & 2

Unit 2 & NEA

Unit 2

Half Terms

3 & 4

Unit 6

Unit 7

Half Terms

5 & 6

Revision & Exam Practice

Continuation of Revision & Exam Practice

Year 12

Half Terms

1 & 2

Unit 1 Fundamentals of IT

Continuation of Unit 1 Fundamentals of IT

Half Terms

3 & 4

Unit 2 Global information

Continuation of Unit 2 Global information

Half Terms

5 & 6

Unit 9 Product Development

Continuation of Unit 9 Product Development

Year 13

Half Terms

1 & 2

Unit 3 Cyber Security

Continuation of Unit 3 Cyber Security

Half Terms

3 & 4

Unit 9 & Unit 17

Continuation of Unit 9 & Unit 17

Half Terms

5 & 6

Unit 17 Internet of Everything

Continuation of Unit 17 Internet of Everything

Enrichment

Women In Tech: Enterprise & Innovation Club

IT Skills Drop-In

Computing Week

Trips & Competitions

STEM IT & Computing Day for Year 7 and Year 8

Year 8 Safer Internet Day

Computer Science Taster Day at The University of Liverpool

GDST Techathon London: Upper School

Enterprise related Competitions: Vodafone UK Digital Creators Challenge

Staffing

Miss. T. Foster- Subject Leader IT and Computer Science

Mrs. V. Brown- Teacher of IT, Computer Science and Business Studies

 

   

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