ICT and Computing
Our aim is to promote the use of ICT across the whole curriculum at St James’, building global Catholic citizens through the development of knowledge and transferable skills. We recognise that Computing and ICT is a fundamental part of everyday life and as such, pupils are encouraged to use ICT outside of school wherever possible in order to prepare them for life beyond the classroom.
Pupils will be encouraged to appreciate the cross-curricular nature of ICT and will be guided in use of ICT hardware and software in other areas of the curriculum in order to achieve the best possible examination success. Pupils will be shown how to use computer programs for revision purposes and to use the Internet for research whilst appreciating that not all data on the Internet can be relied upon. We will aim to demonstrate the importance of ICT and Computing as a key skill in further and higher education, the world of work and the community around them.
Pupils are given the opportunity to build on their existing knowledge and skills whilst being fully prepared for Key Stage 4. Topics covered during ICT and Computing lessons include:
- Legal, ethical and environmental issues
- Spreadsheet software and modelling
- Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
- Binary and logic
- Animation and graphics
- Emerging technologies
Pupils will study ICT and Computing throughout their time at St James’ regardless of whether or not they choose it as an option subject at Key Stage 4. The knowledge and skills they learn will be invaluable for when they leave school both at Key Stage 5 and in the workplace.
We hope that many pupils will continue to develop their ICT and computing skills, and for those who choose to pursue a career in that field, they will have a solid foundation of knowledge which they can build upon through further qualifications and work experience.