ICT and Computing @ HGS
HGS - ICT Vision
Our aim is to develop confidence in the use of ICT by providing a school environment in which ICT is employed in all subject areas in such a way that it becomes accepted as an everyday tool in the classroom. This vision applies to all members of the school community; pupils, staff and parents.
Information and Communication Technology has become one of the most important subjects to be delivered in schools. ICT is used extensively in the home and in the workspace. At HGS our aim is to provide students with skills that they can take forward with them into the future, whatever that future may hold. Our goal is to develop confidence in the use of ICT.
Information and Communication Technology is taught as a separate subject within the curriculum and is used as a tool within other subjects.
|Years 7 and 8 ICT
Each pupil has one lesson (1 hour) of ICT each week. Lessons take place in modern, well-equipped, air-conditioned rooms, where each pupil has individual access to a PC. All lessons are 'hands-on' and follow closely the QCA scheme of work and cover the following: Using standard applications packages, Modelling, Databases, Control systems, Web Publishing and Public Information Systems. The ICT taught in these years enables students to make productive use of a range of applications software within all subject areas.
|Year 9 ICT
Each pupil has ninety minutes of discrete ICT teaching each week. The topics covered continue to follow the QCA scheme. Topics covered include making an interactive quiz, video editing with special effects, game design and relational databases.
|Key Stage 4
ICT becomes an option for year 10 students at HGS. ICT is the most popular option in year 10 with approximately 85% of students taking this subject.
The course we study is Edexcel’s GCSE ICT. It is considered the best of all the courses available at Key Stage four.
The course covers a wide range of ICT topics. The course is assessed through 60% controlled assessment and 40% examination in year 11.
In the sixth form two courses are offered at advanced level, ICT and Computing.
Applied ICT (offered by the Edexcel examining board) is a mixture of stuctured practical tasks and theory modules leading to an AS qualification in year 12 and A2 in year 13.
Computing (offered by the AQA examining board) is a course structured around two practical programming tasks, one in year 12 and one in year 13. Additional theory modules are taken in both years.
The school has five networked ICT suites. These include:
• Room 04 - ground floor main corridor - 31 machines - Interactive whiteboard - air-conditioning
• Room 37 - first floor ICT corridor - 28 machines - Interactive whiteboard - air-conditioning
• Room 38 - first floor ICT corridor - 21 machines - air-conditioning - also used as a Music teaching room
• Room 39 - first floor ICT corridor - 31 machines - air-conditioning
Room 107 - Ground Floor - 45 machines - Interactive whiteboard - Air Conditioning
• Library Resources room - first floor adjacent to the Library - 31 machines - ceiling fans - an additional 8 machines for general student use
In addition to these ICT suites there are networked departmental clusters of machines in the following areas:
There are a large number of interactive whiteboards situated in all areas of the school.
Mr A Stone
Head of ICT