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Mr Makepeace : Head of Computing

Mr Makepeace

Head of Computing

Mr Webb : Teacher of Mathematics and Computing

Mr Webb

Teacher of Mathematics and Computing


The Computing Department

At Brannel we are very fortunate to have access to the latest ICT equipment. As a department we encourage our students to:

•develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology

•develop and apply their analytic, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills

•understand how changes in technology affect safety, including new ways to protect their online privacy and identity, and how to report a range of concerns

•Use ICT resources effectively and independently

•Demonstrate a practical competence in using a number of Microsoft & Adobe Applications including Word, Excel, Access, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash

•Further their understanding and appreciation of ICT applications within everyday situations

•Recognise the importance of ICT in the continued development of society as a whole


In years 8 and 9 students receive 1 lesson per week and in year 7 one lesson per fortnight of computing. All key stage 3 lessons enable students to receive comprehensive guidance and instruction on a wide variety of techniques.

Skill development is taught through focussed lessons in addition to project based learning. Students are taught to:

•design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems

•understand several key algorithms that reflect computational thinking [for example, ones for sorting and searching]; use logical reasoning to compare the utility of alternative algorithms for the same problem

•use 2 or more programming languages, at least one of which is textual, to solve a variety of computational problems; make appropriate use of data structures [for example, lists, tables or arrays]; design and develop modular programs that use procedures or functions

•understand simple Boolean logic [for example, AND, OR and NOT] and some of its uses in circuits and programming; understand how numbers can be represented in binary, and be able to carry out simple operations on binary numbers [for example, binary addition, and conversion between binary and decimal]

•understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems

•understand how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system; understand how data of various types (including text, sounds and pictures) can be represented and manipulated digitally, in the form of binary digits

•undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users

•create, reuse, revise and repurpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability

•understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct, and know how to report concerns

KS4 – GCSE Computing – OCR

• The course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. Students will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from their other subjects and elsewhere. However, this course will give them an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing.

• The course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of computer science. The increasing importance of information technologies means there will be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. Students who’ve taken a GCSE in

Computing and who then progress to study the subject at A Level or university will have an advantage over their colleagues who are picking up the subject at these levels.

• The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming, giving students a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. In this respect, the course provides excellent preparation for students who want to study or work in areas that rely on these skills, especially where they are applied to technical problems.

These areas include engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine.

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KS4 – OCR Cambridge National Exam Board – OCR

This qualification will assess the application of ICT skills through their practical use. They will provide students with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects with the aims of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing to their personal development and future economic well-being. The OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT will equip students with sound ICT skills for everyday use and provide opportunities to develop in context those desirable, transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others or communicating technical concepts effectively. They will also challenge all students, including high attaining students, by introducing them to demanding material and skills; encouraging independence and creativity.