ICT & Computing

We live in a digital world where information and communication technology (ICT) is central to our modern lives. There is a high demand for graduates with strong computer science skills and employers such as Microsoft have found it difficult to recruit well-qualified staff.

Pupils working at computersAll students need to be proficient in in ICT and here at Ffynone House, it is now engrained into the way students learn and communicate. Not only is it an important subject in its own right, but ICT also provides students with essential tools needed in all other subject areas.

Students have continued to gain good grades at GCSE and A level, and have the opportunity to start the GCSE course in Year 9.

Computing

Computer Science, the study of computational thinking, covers a wide variety of topics including programming, logic, and problem solving. Exciting changes to the curriculum from September 2016 will introduce computing from Year 7 onwards. This will give more focus on pupils’ knowledge and understanding of computation and digital technology. We also look at how computers work, computer arithmetic, logic and systems development.

Pupils are taught to:

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science
  • analyse problems in computational terms
  • be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

Enrichment

To provide a rich and fulfilling learning experience, pupils will get involved in a variety of exciting new initiatives including the BBC’s ‘Make it Digital’, visits to local universities and inspirational workshops from Technocamps and Computing At Schools.