Computing & ICT

KS3

Windlestone School seeks to provide students with skills for the production and enhancement of methods of digital electronic communication whilst ensuring the students study the subject as part of a well-balanced curriculum.

As a core subject, students in KS3 follow the DfE’s national computing curriculum which is designed to develop students coding skills as well as promoting British values. They also learn  how to use  the Internet at school and home safely and know what to do should they be the subject of inappropriate communication. The following topics are taught throughout Year 7 – 9. E-Safety & Cyber Crime, Kodu Game Lab, BBC: microbit, Lego Education, Scratch Programming, and Python.

The learning aims are to:

  • Encourage the students by offering a variety of methods of learning
  • Provide students with a selection of computer skills using a wide variety of specialist software
  • Build positive relationships with the students

KS4

In Key Stage 4 students have a choice of two qualifications which are delivered through the British Computer Society (BCS)

Entry Level 3 Digital Skills Award

...is designed to assist low level learners to achieve an ICT qualification to prepare them for further education. The award consists of 4 modules which include, Computer Basics, Online Basics, Social Networking and Digital Music. The modules are delivered over two years.

European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Applications in IT - Level 2

ECDL equips students with the skills to use a computer confidently and effectively, building on existing knowledge and motivating further learning. The qualification is made up of 4 modules which are delivered over two years including, Microsoft word, Power point and Excel. The final module is an accumulation of the first three units which makes up an overall grade for the student.