Computer Science

Staff

Head of Department:            Mr S Eason

Teacher of Computer Science:  Mrs J Thomas (KS4 coordinator)

Teacher of Computer Science:  Mr G Quaicoe (KS5 coordinator)

Teacher of Computer Science:  Ms L Johansson (E Safety Lead)

Teacher of Computer Science:  Mr D Taune

Teacher of Computer Science:  Miss Gillin (6th Form Co-ordinator)

 

All members of the Computer Science Department have a wide range of industry experiences and skills. The main strength of the team is the expertise that each teacher brings to the classroom. The commitment, hard work, innovation and enthusiasm of the team is evident on a daily basis in any Computing classroom.

 

Our Aim

To enable pupils to acquire computing skills knowledge and understanding that can also be transferred to support them in other areas of the curriculum. Computer Science has a crucial role in enhancing the learning process at all levels and across a broad range of activities including but going beyond the national curriculum.

Pupils are encouraged to have open, enquiring minds and to perceive Computer Science in the context of a wider body of knowledge, skills and vocabulary.

 

Departmental Ethos

The Computer Science Department has a team ethos. Change is embraced as the department constantly reflects upon its activities, recognising areas for improvement and building up on its successes.

 

We have very high expectations of all students and encourage them to achieve their full potential. The team strongly believes that discipline coupled with a productive working environment is essential for success. We concentrate on reinforcing good behaviour, work and the maintenance of a positive working ethos.

 

We aim to further students’ computing knowledge, understanding and skills across all students’ ages. It is a vital part of being a member of a technologically advancing society in the 21st century. All members of the Computer Science Department have an overriding responsibility to reinforce and promote the spiritual, moral and cultural ethos of the school.

 

KS3

Year 7 - Students are taught Computer Science 3 periods over two weeks. Throughout Year 7 students are introduced to aspects of Computer Science and programming in order to bridge the experiences from Primary to Secondary school.

 

Year 8 - Students are taught Computer Science 3 periods over two weeks. Students extend their knowledge, understanding and skills in Computer Science. They become more skilled in their programming knowledge, using computers to solve problems and provide solutions. They are made more aware of the ways in which appropriate tools and information sources can help them to apply their knowledge across all subjects.

 

KS4 –GCSE Computer Science Option

Students are taught Computing 5 periods over two weeks. They will study fundamentals of computing, data representation and database applications, aspects of hardware and software and the use of networking for communication. In Year 10 they will need to complete a piece of coursework which will involve programming in Python a solution to a given problem. The course concludes in Year 11 with two externally assessed exams.

 

Y9 & Y10- Exam Board - OCR Computer Science J276 New Specification (9-1)

Exam 1 – Computer Systems 40% of Exam grade - Time allowed 1hr 30 mins

Exam 2 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

  • 40% of Exam grade - Time allowed 1 hr 30 mins
  • Controlled Assessment - Programming project
  • 20% of Exam grade - Time allowed 20 hrs

 

Y11- Exam Board - OCR Computer Science J275 Specification

Exam - Unit A451: Computer systems and programming

  • 40% of Exam grade - Time allowed 1hr 30 mins

Controlled Assessment 1 - Unit A452: Practical investigation

  • 30% of Exam grade - Time allowed 20 hrs

Controlled Assessment 2 - Unit A453: Programming Project

  • 30% of Exam grade - Time allowed 20 hrs

 

 

KS4 ICT Cambridge Nationals In ICT L2 - (J800-2 Units equivalent to 1/2 GCSE)

This course consists of 1 written external exam and 1 controlled assessment task set by OCR exam board.

 

Year 9 – Students are taught ICT 2 periods over two weeks. They will commence the 1st of 2 units towards their final grade in year 11. (R002- Using ICT to create Business Solutions)

 

Year 10 - Students are taught 2 periods over two weeks. They complete theory tasks towards a 1 hour written external exam 18th May 2017. (R001-Understanding Computer Systems)

 

Year 11 - Students are taught 2 periods over two weeks. They finalise their 1st unit towards their final Y11grade.

 

KS5 ICT Cambridge Technical Level 3   (Code: 5839 Unit equivalent to 1 A Level

The course consists of 3 written exams and 2 controlled assessment task set by the centre and externally moderated by OCR exam board.

 

The students are taught ICT 6 periods over two weeks. They will study three mandatory units that are externally assessed. These are the Fundamentals of IT, Global information and Cyber security. Learners must then take two of the four optional units that are centre-assessed and moderated by OCR. The optional units include Project management, Product development, Systems analysis and design and the Internet of Everything.

 

These 5 units should be completed over two years though students can just complete units one and two to achieve an AS by the end of year 12.

 

Exam Board – OCR

Exam 1 – Unit 1 Fundamentals of IT - 20% of exam grade –Time allowed 1hr 30 mins

Exam 2 – Unit 2 Global information - 20% of exam grade –Time allowed 1hr 30 mins

Exam 3 – Unit 3 Cyber security          - 20% of exam grade –Time allowed 1hr

Coursework - 2 other units                 - 40% of exam grade

 

KS5 ICT BTEC LEVEL 3 - Exam Board – Edexcel - 100% Coursework

The course consists of six controlled assessment tasks/coursework set by the centre and externally moderated by OCR exam board.

 

The students are taught ICT 6 periods over two weeks. They will study six units that are externally assessed. These units cover varied topics which will enable the learners to gain skills that are relevant for the work place and go into their own businesses. Some of the units include Computer Systems, Animations, Spreadsheet, Multimedia, Computer graphics and Communication & Employability Skills for IT.

 

 

INTERVENTION AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Where students require extra help this is given in collaboration with the student themselves.

 

One to one assistance is given where necessary by the subject teacher in after school sessions.

 

In ALL cases of intervention, parents are kept informed and invited to meet with the subject teacher.

 

There are numerous opportunities for students to become involved out of lesson times with Computer Science. These include STEM organised events and Online events, webcasts etc.

 

An annual event with girls in computing is organised with the STEM organisation.

Address

 

Terling Road,

Wood Lane,

Dagenham

RM8 1JT

Phone

 

Tel: 0208 270 4242

Fax: 0208 595 4024

 

E-mail

 

office@allsaintsschool.co.uk

 

School hours

 

Monday to Friday

8.40am - 3.15pm