Computing and

Digital Technology

"Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living"

- Nicholas Negroponte, Co-Founder MIT Media Lab

Welcome to Computing and Digital Technology @ GTS!

Computing is designed to make our everyday life easier, from replacing the typewriter with word processing software, to the sensors that open doors automatically, to the apps that let us pay for car parking with our smartphone.

In an era where many people have smartphones, we are developing our curriculum to give students a taste of what it’s like to create programs, giving them a chance to be ‘drivers’ rather than ‘passengers’ when it comes to modern computing technology.  The recent national curriculum changes to this subject give pupils a “broad education that encourages creativity and equips them with the knowledge and skills to understand and change the world.” CAS/NAACE, 2014

KS3 Curriculum

Our KS3 curriculum covers computer science, information technology and digital literacy. And in Year 7 is covered within the Year 7 Lbacc projects. Digital literacy and information technology is taught throughout the Lbacc in the context of spreadsheets, word processing and presentation software skills. Pupils also have opportunities to write code and program in different languages using Lego WeDo, Mindstorm and our recently purchased Edbots. 

In year 8, pupils study a variety of projects that enable them to develop skills in programming and understanding how computers and telecommunication systems work.  They will create digital artefacts using a range of digital technologies.  These include creating computer games, creating stop-motion animation and movie editing along with programming projects and projects based around how computers work.

 

KS4 Curriculum

At KS4 we have two year groups studying Creative iMedia. Pupils gain skills in media production; pre and post-production, creating a range of interactive media such as a digital computer games, graphic images, digital comic strips and video.  They develop core knowledge and understanding and apply that knowledge through a range of projects.

From January 2018, we will also be offering another IT course which will provide pupils with a knowledge of project based IT skills, enabling them to have a better understanding of the IT around them and how to use it. This will provide opportunities to build on their learning in Key Stage 3 and further develop skills in Computer Science, Information Technology and digital literacy.

 

Other Qualifications

Pupils may also take the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) as an option. This gives them a chance to develop their practical ICT skills for everyday work life.

Pupils learn skills and are examined in the following areas:

•           Word Processing
•           Presentation
•           Spreadsheets
•           Improving Productivity within IT

Resources

We currently have 3 main ICT classrooms in the department, all equipped with PCs running a wide range of software. Regular upgrades and updates enable every pupil to have fast enjoyable access to a full suite of machines.

Staff Members

 

Team Leader of Communications

Mr Matt Anderson

01805 623531 Ext. 355

 

Mrs Hannah Bryant

Mr Colin Bryant