Computing & ICT

Overview

Good ICT and Computing skills are vital for todays world. Our aim is to equip students with the relevant techniques, skills and knowledge to cope with the ICT and Computing requirements of both further education or the modern workplace.

Curriculum

The curriculum aims to ensure that each individual is:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  •  can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

We implement the curriculum through contextual learning experiences, supporting students to generalise their skills across a range of settings and scenarios. The curriculum is further split into 5 areas of learning. Teaching and learning in each discrete subject area will vary according the needs of the pupils for each of

hese headings are used for lesson aim and objective purposes and assessment to ensure a common language throughout the department:

  • Research
  • Spreadsheets
  • Publishing
  • Communication
  • Organisation

We are also in the process of introduction programming lessons, through Scratch and eventually Python. These lessons will be require the students to problem solve using logical patterns and sequences, express their imagination using storyboards to create animation and to identify and imply use of code.

The impact of the curriculum will be that of preparation for the student to be able to use with confidence, modern technology in an ever changing and advancing environment. The students will be able to use email communication, Microsoft office programmes to create spreadsheets, PowerPoints and publishing materials. The students will gain experience in typing, both with pace and understanding of shortcuts. Overall the impact of the curriculum is prepare and gain experience needed for further education or that of workplace environments, along with essential life skills.

Facilities

ICT and Computing is a developing subject area at New Forest School. We have a new senior school computer suite with high spec Dell computers, interactive whiteboard, high speed fibre internet connection and wi-fi. The room has been redesigned to provide space for computer or theory based lessons. Similarly,our new Junior classrooms have 1:1 computer provision with short throw digital projectors available to staff and students. Students are also able to access a large number of computers or laptops in most other teaching rooms. This is enhanced with a growing range of technology designed to support specific subject ares. For example, Music benefits from a recording studio, Science has invested in a multi-sensor data logger and Food Technology has dedicated laptops and access to digital cameras to record the mazing work that is produced.

Computing