Computing

Welcome to the Computing department.  Our team of specialist teachers, with one SLE, two academic Coaches and the Trust’s DPO, deliver Computer Science at GCSE and A level, as well an ICT A level and an iMedia course at KS4. 

Our Computing team consists of:

  • Miss F Brooke (SML, HOD)
  • Ms N Aziz (Curriculum Support)
  • Mr K Bardis
  • Mr M Gomm
  • Mr B Hanson
  • Mrs A Jardim

Facilities

The Computing Department uses six of the eight computer rooms within the school.  All computer rooms come with printers, interactive whiteboards and access to further printing using the “follow me” set up.

KS5

Computer Science is a new A Level at Maiden Erlegh and as such has no A2 results.  We average at eight 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#, using Visual Studio Community Edition as our IDE.

The Cambridge Technical in IT replaces a successful A Level in ICT.  Students undertake studies in computer theory including networks and are able to apply them to solve problems.  Students also have three courseworks which consider the use of social media to promote a business, the “internet of everything” and application design.  The examination board is OCR.

KS4

Computer Science has been offered at Maiden Erlegh School as an Option for the last five years.  The first year group to complete the GCSE gained 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.

The alternative provision to Computer Science as an Option is OCR Creative iMedia.  By choosing this option, students will be taking a Level 2 QCF course (not a BTEC) from OCR. This qualification will assess three applications of creative and digital media skills through coursework and one external written exam. In total, students will be assessed on four different units; each unit carrying equal weighting of 25% of the final grade. This course will provide students with the core skills for researching, planning and creating products and assets for each pieces of controlled assessment and encourages creativity and originality with a vocational focus. Ideally, students who choose this course must have good computer skills and good time management, as they will have a specific time frame to complete each controlled assessment set by the exam board. Literacy and numeracy skills will be a very important part of the controlled assessment as these will impact on the students’ final grade as they will need to be able to demonstrate good writing skills and the ability to produce extended written work. The first year group to complete this qualification this academic year (Summer 2019).  Students have two lessons a week with two, sometimes three classes available per academic year.

Foundation Stage

At the Foundation Stage, Year 7 and 8 have one lesson per week.  The topics that we study in Year 7 are Cyber Security, Computational Thinking, Small Basic and a Website Project.  In Year 8 students study Computer Systems, Networks, Python programming and Graphics.

Assessment

Foundation

All students complete one assessment at the end of a unit of work/complete a project to demonstrate their skills in a topic.  These pieces will have a DIRT activity linked to improving their work.  Homework is set once every half term, or as part of a long-term project assigned at the beginning of a term.

KS4

Homework is set weekly.  Computer Science homework swaps 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 studied, and suggest YouTube videos or news articles to support.  Students are also participating in the “Scorch Trials”.

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.

In Creative iMedia, homework is set weekly where students will be completing written and practical work. In between, students will be assigned to do research on the web and read around the topic being covered. Students will sit for a written assessment in Year 9 and a pre-public written examination (PPE) in Year 10 and/or 11. All students will be entered for the external written examination in June of Year 10 and if necessary, may retake the examination in Year 11. The remaining assessment will be coursework based where students complete three controlled assessments moderated by the exam board. Students who successfully complete all units will be awarded a Level 2 qualification overall. Grades awarded are Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction *.

KS5

Computer Science

All students are expected to complete end of unit assessments, programming assessments and additional reading around the curriculum.  Students study six unit of theory work, with additional DIRT activities linked to improving their work.  In additional, students will be set additional exam style questions from past papers for homework.  Homework will be set weekly by the classroom teacher.

ICT

All students are expected to undertake examinations in Year 12 and Year 13.  The three courseworks are internally marked and externally moderated by a visiting moderator.  A high love of independent work is expected and there are many interim deadlines; therefore, homework to complete tasks and for examination preparation is a necessity.

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.

Creative iMedia/ICT support sessions run every Monday after school in L5 but students can speak to their teachers to arrange an agreed suitable time if they need support on other days.

Extra-curricular Opportunities

  • Computing Club- Leading to competitions
  • Y7 E-safety Day (run by McAfee and Bletchley Park)