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ICT

Philosophy

The effective use of ICT is essential for learning and everyday life.  Our aim is to develop the confidence of our students in their use of ICT during school time and beyond.  Students will be introduced to a wide variety of software and hardware whilst having access to the latest technology.  The emphasis at Warblington is teaching students independent use of ICT, encouraging students to develop an advanced understanding of the complex skills required to survive in today’s ever changing world.

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Students receive discrete lessons of ICT, plus substantial cross-curricular ICT opportunities.  This includes research,
developing ideas and making things happen, exchanging and sharing information and reviewing, modifying and evaluating work as it progresses.  In Years 7 and 8 the students follow a unique adapted computing curriculum which focuses on the business, technical and creative strands on ICT.

Key Stage 4

Core Qualification: Level 2 Certificate in IT Application Skills

Warblington students will study a qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment.  The everyday use of ICT, from PCs to Smartphones, now impacts all of our lives.  This course reflects this and provides students with a solid understanding of the subject which they can use in their working lives.

Typical Units of Study include:

  • Word processing software.
  • Presentation software.
  • Spreadsheet software.
  • Improving productivity using ICT.

The course will be assessed as Pass, Merit, Distinction through an online exam using specific test software.

Option Qualification: Creative iMedia Level 1/2

This brand new vocationally-related qualification is aimed at engaging learners interested in working in the creative and digital media sectors including animation, digital graphics, film, gaming and web development.  The course offers knowledge in a number of key areas in the digital-media field such as pre-production skills through to a creative final product.  Creative iMedia has a motivating, hands-on approach to teaching and learning whilst using and learning industry standard software and techniques.  The course is made up from a range of units which allow for flexibility and suiting the individual needs.

The course will be assessed Pass, Merit, Distinction* at both Levels 1 and 2 with a grading of Distinction* at Level 2 for students to aspire to achieve more.

 

Extra Curricular Activities

ICT is used across all areas of the School and each student is given access to specialist curriculum area resources via the School network.  Many curriculum areas have their own ICT facilities which are used for research and coursework purposes.

Computers are also available for students to use during their lunch break to carry out research activities or complete extension or enrichment activities. The ICT Department runs a lunchtime Games Club which also has the opportunity to play the latest games consoles.

Whole School Facilities

The School has four curriculum fully equipped ICT teaching and learning rooms containing thirty PCs with a variety of industry standard software.  A large number of additional classrooms have a number of PCs available for students in lessons.  All classrooms across  the School are fitted with interactive whiteboards and multimedia projectors.  English, Humanities and Science rooms have wireless laptops.  The School has access to several Web-based Learning Environments for students’ use at home or school.  The School uses Classcharts to support home learning and communication to parents.