Computing

The school is embracing the government’s drive to introduce computing into schools at all levels. Kingsdale teaches a computing curriculum to all students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, and offers A-Level Computer Science.

Resources

The school is equipped with state of the art computing resources. We have at least 10 computing suites around the school, which we are continually updating with the latest technology. This year, two of our suites have been completely renovated with high quality desktop Macs.

A new 'Flipped Learning' Suite has recently opened to support our extensive 6th Form provision.  Homework is given every lesson and is expected to be completed for the next week. 

Showbie Learning App

To extend our students experience using e-learning tools, the school introduced Showbie app from 2015 incorporated with iPads supplied to each teacher for classroom use with lots of functionality that is built in. The app gives the teacher the ability to create classrooms, assign students to a particular class, assign work, grade work, give feedback and even contact parents. One of the goals of the Computing faculty this coming school year is to reduce the amount of paper we use in the classroom. 

Computing clubs and extra-curricular activities 

In  Computing we offer a wide range of activities and trips during the academic year.

ICT Clubs:
Monday to Friday 12:00 - 12:30 in ICT 4 Top of the blue stairs
Saturday School 10:00 – 1200
 
Term 1 & 2 First and last Saturday every month
Term 2 every Saturday

Example trips:

• ICT Conference held at Alton Towers in September for KS4 & KS5

• Nokia

• London Dungeon

• Cadbury World

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 we follow the new Computer-IT course. Through this course, we will continue to teach students the essential elements of Computing that we all need to know how to use in our everyday lives. We will also be introducing key underlying concepts of computing such as algorithms. Much of the course will focus on how computable ideas can apply in other areas, such as art, engineering, science and mathematics.

(Please attached new Key Stage 3 brochure)

Key Stage 4 Computer Science

At Key Stage 4, students will follow the OCR GCSE in computer Science (9-1). This course is made of three parts:

1. Computer Systems (assessed through an examination paper at the end of Year 11 – worth 40% of the GCSE).

2. Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming (assessed through an examination paper at the end of Year 11 – worth 40% of the GCSE).

3. Programming  Projecy is Non-Examination Assessment (NEA) (assignment set in Year 11 done under controlled conditions in lessons and externally moderated – worth 20% of the GCSE).

A Level Computer Science.  (Please attached new KS4 brochure)

A Level

We have started the new A Level Computer Science after successful years delivering  A Level; Computing. In Year 12, students will be extending their theoretical understanding in much more depth, in addition to learning much more about the science of algorithms and coding

A-Level Computer Science consists of two examinations completed in Year 13, one covering key theory about computer systems, and the other covering programming concepts and theory.  The final element of the course is a programming project that students complete in Year 13 and is worth 20% of their overall mark.

The school is continuing to run its highly successful ICT program of study at A Level.  (please attached new Key Stage 5 brochure).

At KS3 students will be following the new Computer-IT course. Through this course, we will continue to teach students the essential elements of ICT that we all need to know how to use in our everyday lives. We will also be introducing key underlying concepts of computing such as algorithms. Much of the course will focus on how computable ideas can apply in other areas, such as art, engineering, science and mathematics.

At KS4, students will follow the OCR GCSE in computing. This course is made of three parts: a programming project, a practical investigation, and an examination on theory of computing. We will learn to code using Python 3, and the practical investigation is focussed on the Raspberry Pi.
 
The school is continuing to run its highly successful ICT program of study at GCSE.

The Computing A Level will be starting in September. In the AS year, students will be extending their theoretical understanding in much more depth, in addition to learning much more about the science of algorithms and coding.
 
The school is continuing to run its highly successful ICT program of study at A Level.

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