A confident user of computers is a good student and employee. The ability to use computers in the most efficient and productive manner is one of the things we believe sets our pupils apart when they move on to the next stage of their education. At Rookwood students develop high levels of skill in the most popular software applications, spending the majority of the lesson using computers and problem solving independently.
Curriculum at Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 our curriculum introduces computing theory and coding using Scratch. Students are introduced to the basics of Microsoft Access, Excel and HTML. During Key Stage 3 the skills required become increasingly complex and by year 9 students are coding their own websites from scratch using HTML. Students also have the opportunity to further enhance their Microsoft Word and PowerPoint skills, supporting work done in other subjects using these two applications.
Curriculum at Key Stage 4
Preparation for the IGCSE involves focusing on practical skills in year 10 and theory in year 11. Students develop a high level of technical skill in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access and in editing web pages using HTML. They complete practice exercises and exam papers throughout the course. Theory learning includes input, output and storage devices as well as systems life cycle and the real life application of ICT in homes and businesses.
Board and spec: Cambridge International Examinations IGCSE ICT
Exam structure: All exams taken at the end of year 11. Two practical papers accounting for 60% and one theory paper which is 40%.
Students work in our dedicated ICT suite using the latest software in a secure and monitored setting. They are able to access support when needed and up to the minute desktop management software allows easy communication between teacher and student. Students also have the opportunity to attend lunchtime coding clubs to develop their programming skills using Raspberry Pis and Python.