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Technology, ICT and Computer Science

We can define Technology as the knowledge, making and usage of tools, techniques, crafts and systems to solve problems. We develop technologies to benefit ourselves and control our environments. Technologies are applied to different disciplines and they allow us to become a more advanced society.

The Technology Faculty encompasses a diverse range of subjects. These are:

Computer Science

Information and Communications Technology

Design and Technology

Food and Nutrition, Food Technology and Catering

Textiles

Health and Social care

All subjects within the faculty are not static – they continue to evolve every year. Teachers and students are expected to maintain a robust knowledge of the key developments and issues in their subjects. Departments within the faculty are very well equipped with tools and computing facilities to enable the 15 teachers to deliver high quality lessons.

All students in Foundation level study each of the subjects. A significant proportion of students elect to continue in Key Stage 4. There are many specialist pathways at A Level and there are commendable results in each discipline.

Mr R Buck (Head of Faculty)

   
   

Computer Science

Introduction     

Welcome to the Computer Science Department.  Our team of three specialist teachers, with one SLE, deliver the theory and programming elements of Computer Science.  We have a wide range of diverse skills, with all coming from different backgrounds of industry.  Our department is made up of:

Trust Lead:  Miss F Brooke (SLE)

Teachers:

  • Mr M Gomm (ICT Mentor)
  • Mr R Martin

Facilities

The Computer Science Department uses two computer rooms. 

At Maiden Erlegh School we use one computer room with 26 student machines and another one with 16 student machines.  Both have access to interactive whiteboards, black and white- and colour-printers and scanners.

KS5

Computer Science is a new A Level at Maiden Erlegh.  We average at five students per class with students going on to study Computer Science at degree level.  We study the AQA exam board and our coding language is C#.

KS4

Computer Science has been on offer at Maiden Erlegh School as an option for the last four years.  The first year group to complete the GCSE gained GCSE results of 100% A* - B.  We average at 22 students per class, with some year groups having three classes and some two.  The exam board we follow is the AQA and our chosen coding language is Python 3 using Geany as our IDE.

Assessment

Homework is given weekly, swapping between theory and practical programming work.  Students compete using the website codecademy.com to do independent learning in Python.  We encourage students to read around the topic being studied, and suggest YouTube videos or news articles to support.

Students will have a theory assessment at the end of each unit.  They will have a programming assessment every 3-4 weeks.

Google Classroom is our primary vehicle for distributing homework and assessment tasks.

Support

Students are supported in Computer Science through drop-in sessions after school in C22.  They can also access the codecademy.com website for support with Python.

 

Maiden Erlegh School