Computing and ICT

Computing and ICT

At Sawston Village College the department’s aim is for all students to gain skills in Computing and ICT which can be used across all subjects and outside of school. We want students to enjoy the subject and to gain in confidence whilst using technologies, as well as being safe online.

Our Key Stage Three curriculum covers traditional ICT topics as well as introducing Computing concepts across all three years. Word processing, desktop publishing, e-safety and Scratch programming appear in Year 7. Spreadsheets, presentation skills, vector image design, HTML coding (for web pages), Small Basic and Processing are the foci of Year 8 with most units orientated around a “Market Stall” project. A Theme Park theme is the basis for the carousel of units in Year 9, which include digital image creation and manipulation, 3D-modelling, systems design and logic, databases, and a range of projects using Raspberry Pi computers.  We encourage our students to be independent, to strive to excel, and to share their knowledge and expertise via peer-to-peer teaching.

At Key Stage Four we now offer the OCR GCSE Computing course. This engaging course explores the nuts and bolts of computers, offers opportunity to learn and improve coding in a variety of languages (JavaScript, HTML, Ruby, Python, SQL), and has deeper coverage of networks, data representation, logic, databases, computer hardware and the CPU, and contemporary issues.  In addition to a final exam, there are two coursework components: the first explores an aspect of computing in depth, the second is an extended programming exercise. The topics for both controlled assessments change annually.

We currently run an after school Digital Imaginings club for pupils in Key Stage 3. This popular activity gives pupils the opportunity to explore the Photoshop Elements software package in greater detail as well as including computer orientated design using SmallBasic and Processing.

Two of the School’s four ICT suites are open to all pupils every lunchtime, and pupils take full advantage of every computer and software package: during a typical lunch, pupils can be found drawing 3d sketches, animating stick figures, using Photoshop Elements, browsing the internet, completing homework, creating music, improving their logic, or discussing the latest games and technological advances.

The Computing and ICT Department run an annual trip to the Microsoft Think Computer Science event held locally at the Imperial War Museum near Duxford. It is expected that more trips and events will be offered in this creative and engaging subject, such as to the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge.

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