Computing, ICT and iMedia

Preparing students for tomorrow, bit by bit

The Computing department will help to create, share, and apply knowledge in all branches of Computer Science and ICT. We will educate students to be successful, ethical, and effective problem-solvers with a passion to innovate and create, rather than just being passive consumers and users of technology. We will develop an understanding and appreciation of all aspects of digital products, from how they work to how they look. We will foster curiosity and encourage exploration to create students who can contribute positively to the well-being of our society and who are prepared to tackle the complex 21st Century challenges facing the world. Summary focus areas:

  • Innovate, create, develop

  • Solving 21st Century problems

  • Active developers not passive consumers

Computing

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KS3

Homework for Computing is set with half-termly themes that cover a range of concepts and topics to extend and supplement the curriculum delivered in lessons. Students are offered a menu of activities to choose between, with each activity being worth a number of ‘points’ based on its size, complexity or difficulty. Each half-term students will be expected to hand in any combination of activities they choose that add up to the required target number of points. By giving the students flexibility to choose their homework tasks and when they complete them across the half-term, this helps to develop independence, resilience and time-management skills. Activity choices could include tasks such as:

  • Research and presentation of findings

  • Creative use of video, animation and sound to present understanding

  • Visual representations of concepts and theories

  • Literacy-based activities, such as poetry or song lyrics for a topic

  • Comprehension-based quizzes

Completed activities will be collected and marked at the end of each half-term block, but students are free to hand in completed work throughout the period to help them balance and manage their workload.

KS3

Homework for Computing is set weekly to support and extend the students’ studies from their lessons. Work may be a mixture of practical, computer-based tasks and paper-based written work or design tasks. Activities set as homework may be:

  • Preparatory work or research ahead of a new topic or concept being discussed in lessons.

  • Extension work that allows the student to explore a topic in more depth or in other contexts.

  • Application work that allows students to practise skills or demonstrate abilities.

Students are expected to spend around an hour on a homework activity each week and work is marked promptly to help students to identify and understand their weaknesses to make incremental improvements over the course of the year.

ICT

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Homework for ICT is set weekly to support and extend the students’ studies from their lessons. Work may be a mixture of practical, computer-based tasks and paper-based written work or design tasks. Activities set as homework may be:

  • Preparatory work or research ahead of a new topic or concept being discussed in lessons.

  • Extension work that allows the student to explore a topic in more depth or in other contexts.

  • Application work that allows students to practise skills or demonstrate abilities.

Students are expected to spend around an hour on a homework activity each week and work is marked promptly to help students to identify and understand their weaknesses to make incremental improvements over the course of the year.provements over the course of the year.

iMedia

Homework for iMedia is set weekly to support and extend the students’ studies from their lessons. Work may be a mixture of practical, computer-based tasks and paper-based written work or design tasks. Activities set as homework may be:

  • Preparatory work or research ahead of a new topic or concept being discussed in lessons.

  • Extension work that allows the student to explore a topic in more depth or in other contexts.

  • Application work that allows students to practise skills or demonstrate abilities.

 

Students are expected to spend around an hour on a homework activity each week and work is marked promptly to help students to identify and understand their weaknesses to make incremental improvements over the course of the year.

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Telephone: 01942 728221. Email: enquiries@admin.byrchall.wigan.sch.uk  

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