The Computer Science, Business and Media Department

 

Head of Department = Miss L. Ogden

 

Context

The department consists of 2 specialist teachers. There are 3 computer suites adequately resourced to allow each learner to have their own computer. The department has a shared focus for all learners to be the best that they can be and supports this by ensuring all learners are provided with a curriculum that is inclusive, engaging and nurtures and cultivates a love for learning.

 

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Curriculum

All year 7 and 8 learners are provided with the opportunity to develop key knowledge, skills and competencies through studying a wide variety of computing related topics.

In year 9 and 10 learners may choose a pathway to begin their KS4 courses. In year 9 learners can choose to opt for the following courses; AQA GCSE Computer Science or OCR Level1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative i-Media. In year 10 learners may opt to begin the Edexcel GCSE Business course.

 

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Assessment

Learners complete a range of assessment activities within lessons and complete an assessment paper at the end of each topic to assess progress made against all success criteria. At KS4 assessment papers are cumulative and cover all units of work studied.

 

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Home Learning

The expectation for home learning in year 7 and 8 is that learners will regularly complete activities set by the teacher related to the topic being studied. At KS4 regular activities are set relevant to the GCSE subject studied and allow further opportunities for learners to develop their knowledge and understanding or practice exam technique.

 

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Afterschool Sessions

The computer suites are available most weekdays after school for students to complete further independent study.

Subject specific revision sessions for year 11 run fortnightly after school.

 

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Enrichment Opportunities

Throughout the year a variety of enrichment opportunities take place in all 3 subject areas linked to both key events and key areas of the curriculum

 

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