The aim of the ICT and Computing department is to stimulate and maintain student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in ICT and technology. Pupils are encouraged to develop an awareness of the implications of ICT for the individual, the economy, the community and the environment.
We feel that in today’s society, ICT is an essential skill which sits alongside literacy and numeracy. A key feature of the department is to develop such a skill, which can be used in everyday life and be used to prepare pupils for work place and increasing their employability.
- Every pupil in Years 8, 9 and 10 take part in weekly ICT classes.
- All pupils will cover topics such as MS Word, MS Excel, Game Maker, MicroBit, Python programming much more!
- The tasks are reviewed annually to make sure they are up–to-date with the latest industry needs and practice!
GCSE – Digital Technologies (Multimedia)
Digital Technology is a digital authoring qualification focusing on current/emerging technologies and on the creation of multimedia. If you enjoy or would like to learn how to use create websites using HTML, then you will find this course beneficial and very rewarding.
This GCSE can be used as a foundation for A-level Multimedia and/or Software Systems Development.
BTech National Extended Certificate in Information Technology.
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology is intended as an Applied General qualification covering 360 GLH and equivalent in size to one A Level. It is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT. Learners will develop a common core of IT knowledge and study areas such as the relationship between hardware and software that form an IT system, managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.
Unit 1: Information Technology Systems – Learners study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.
Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information – Learners study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information.
Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business – Learners explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. Learners also implement social media activities in a business to meet requirements.
Unit 4: Data Modelling – Learners study how data modelling (spreadsheets) can be used to solve problems. They will design and implement a data model to meet client requirements.
Unit 1: Information Technology Systems – 2hr written examination paper
Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information – case study investigation completed using a computer and submitted electronically.
All other units are internally assessed. Learners could be given opportunities to:
- write up the findings of their own research
- use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
- carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
- demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate tools/processes etc.
When taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications, including BTEC Higher Nationals or A Levels in complementary or contrasting subjects, such as mathematics, physics, science, arts or technology, the qualification gives learners the opportunity to progress to a degree in an information technology discipline or a degree where information technology related skills and knowledge may be advantageous. This qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. As the content is equivalent in size to one A Level, higher education representatives have confirmed that it is appropriate to allow learners to choose their optional units from a wide range so that they can explore their own choice of areas for further study.
In the BTEC National units there are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills. Where employability skills are referred to in this specification, we are generally referring to skills in the following three main categories:
- cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
- intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
- interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.
KS3 Coding Project
Free Access for Bloomfield Pupils
In order to help students get the most from their personal laptops and tablets, each pupil is provided with Microsoft Office free of charge using their C2k username. This will give you access to the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote for organization and note taking.
It is possible to install MS Office on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad!) and gain valuable skills on the world’s most popular productivity software
Office subscription lasts for as long as the student/teacher remains in school and the programme continues.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Follow these simple steps to get Office:
For PC and Mac:
- Visit http://portal.office.com
- Login with your C2k username and password
- You will be asked again for your credentials a second time
Your username must be in the format “firstname.lastname@example.org”
- On the installation page select your language and click Install-Run
- You will be asked to sign in 1 more time with your username and password
For iOS and Android:
- Download from your app store
- Sign in with your school credentials for full editing capability