Fairfield High School for Girls
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Information & Communications Technology
Information & Communication Technology (ICT) forms part of the National Curriculum and is offered to all Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils.
The ICT Department is committed to developing and improving the ICT education for all students, and is constantly innovating and progressing in order to equip students with the knowledge and skills that they will need for life in the 21st Century.
Our aim is to develop in our students a broad and balanced ICT knowledge that can be used across the curriculum and to provide them with ICT skills for lifelong learning and success.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, students study ICT for one hour per week. The topics taught have been chosen to provide pupils with the knowledge of Computing, ICT and equip them with skills needed to maximise their learning at Fairfield and in their everyday lives.
In Year 7, girls are introduced to the schools computing equipment and Computer systems. Pupils are then taught about software and New Technologies within which they gain skills in word processing, spreadsheets, desk top publishing and presentation tools. They are taught how to search the Internet safely and effectively, and how to use email. Pupils also learn to program using software to design and build a computer game.
In Year 8 we build on the skills gained in Y7 using spreadsheets, word processing, website design software, desktop publishing and presentation software to tackle more challenging tasks. Students are taught about how to stay safe and the laws that affect ICT. They learn about the hardware needed to complete tasks and can explain why new specialist equipment is developed and used. Pupils again create programs learning to code a simple text window using Small Basic.
In Year 9 we work on developing Computing skills and knowledge. Pupils also learn about databases and how they are used. Pupils continue to develop skills and learn about communication and how technology has changed this over the years. We ensure that in year 9 pupils understand the difference between ICT and Computing so that the can make an informed choice for KS4.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 we deliver both OCR GCSE ICT and OCR GCSE Computing within the schools option structure. These allow for pupils to choose a GCSE that suits there learning and progression. Option groups have five lessons per fortnight within these courses both theory and practical work is covered. The GCSE courses have 40% exam and 60% controlled assessment.
All girls will have one lesson per week and during these lessons girls gain skills in the Microsoft Office Software alongside an understanding of good working practices and business skills. We aim to see all girls gain Microsoft Certification in at least one of the products
Y11 pupils cover OCR Nationals and are completing this vocational course.