The ICT Department
The Computing and Information Communication Technology department has developed a great deal over the past two years, with the re-introduction of computing onto the curriculum. There are 5 full time Computing & ICT teachers who are all specialists and bring a great deal of experience, innovation and creativity to the subject. We pride ourselves on delivering cutting edge lessons in a manner which exudes quality and breeds success.
It is important to us that our lessons have a good pace and give pupils every opportunity to reach the best of their ability. To maximize the potential of pupils we ensure lessons are delivered in a variety of ways; group work, individual investigations and pair work. No matter what method of learning is delivered by the teachers it is paramount that pupils take responsibility for their own learning through set of projects completed throughout the academic year.
The department has recently been lucky enough to have a brand new state of the art classroom of the future built. This open plan area provides pupils with the opportunity to work in a flexible space in which all learning styles are catered for. Along with 70 computers the room has the latest interactive smart boards, plasma televisions, video editing suite and a quiet area for reflection or one to one support.
The Computing and ICT department has a clear vision for the role of digital literacy and computational thinking as a core subject within a Catholic school, both in respect for developing pupil's academic achievement and also promoting the gospel values within lessons. Our department is proud of its academic achievements which includes 100% of pupils achieving a grade C for the past two years running.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 ICT builds on the foundations established in primary school, developing generic planning and evaluation skills alongside more subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding. It provides an excellent platform for the development of digital literacy and computational thinking skills. In year 8, pupils can choose to follow an ICT or Computer Science option block as part of their GCSE studies.
Students cover the following topics:
- Using the network
- Word Processing Introduction
- Computer Hardware
- Spreadsheet Introduction
- Microbit Madness
Students cover the following topics:
- My Digital World – e-Safety
- Binary Bits and Bobs
- Word Processing Advanced
- Logic Gates
- Scratch Game Maker
- Spreadsheet Advanced
- Introduction to HTML
- Python Introduction
Currently pupils are studying the OCR Cambridge Nationals course which gives pupils the opportunity to achieve a GCSE qualification in ICT. Through this course pupils gain skills in web authoring, ICT in business, spreadsheet modeling, databases, graphic design, multimedia and animation.
Computer Science (1-9)
In year 9 students are introduced to Visual Basic and Python, two high level programming languages which equip pupils with the necessary skills to undertake a practical controlled assessment, worth 20% of the overall qualification, upon entry in year 11.
In year 10 and 11, students will study the theory elements of the course, computer systems, computational thinking, algorithms and programming. This will prepare students for two written examinations, worth 80% of the overall qualification, completed at the end of year 11.
Sixth Form Curriculum
The Computing & ICT offers two pathways in Year 12 and 13;
Vocational Pathway – pupils study the OCR Cambridge Technicals IT Level 3 Diploma (Double Award). The course offers pupils the opportunity to study ICT related topics such as Animation, Project Management, Career Planning, Collaborative Working and Multimedia Production. The course awards pupils with the equivalent of 2 A-levels once the 12 units of work are completed to a Pass, Merit or Distinction level.
Academic Pathways – pupils study the EdExcel Applied A-level (Single Award) which is a combination of 60% coursework and 40% examination. The topics covered are focused on the more traditional aspects of ICT such as spreadsheets, databases, ICT in business and Project Management. This course offers the opportunity to gain a traditional A-level grade from A*-E.
Our record in both vocational and academic courses at St Thomas More is exemplary, pupils are expected to not just reach their target grade but exceed it. The large team of dedicated and highly experienced ICT teachers will ensure every opportunity is provided to the pupils to reach the best they can.
Photos of the New ICT Suite
Plasma Screen, Innovative Chair Design and High Spec Computers
Flexible Learning Space, Laptops, Power Towers
ICT Pod – used for one to one intervention work or group work
The Computing & ICT department offer students the opportunity to participate in the following extra-curricular activities:
- Computing club provides students the opportunity to develop their computational thinking and digital literacy skill via a range of available activities including: Minecraft Pi, BBC MicroBit and many more.
- GCSE computer science students have the opportunity to visit Bletchley Park, home to The National Museum of Computing.
- Home learning drop in sessions provide our students with the opportunity to use computers to complete home learning tasks between the hours of 8.00am and 4.00pm.
- Strong links with local universities who deliver a number of computing based sessions throughout the academic year within the academy.