In the I.C.T Department at Christ College we seek to:
· Recognise that proficiency in ICT will be important in the market place of the 21st century;
· Encourage all pupils to develop their skills, and, because the technology continues to move forward, endeavour to ensure that all pupils are familiar with the latest tools and software, thus keeping them at the leading edge of the ICT Revolution;
· Embrace healthy debate about resources, skills and educational impact of ICT;
· Ensure a sensible evolution which preserves the best of traditional teaching supported by modern electronic resources under the control of teachers.
Information Communication Technology is taught to all pupils throughout Forms 1 – 5. We aim to ensure pupils are proficient in the use of all Microsoft Office applications while giving them experience of topics such as animation, video editing, website design and building computers.
All pupils in Form 4 and 5 work towards the WJEC GCSE Short Course qualification which is made up of a controlled assessment (60%) and an examination paper (40%) to ensure that they every pupil leaves school with a recognised qualification; something which is incredibly important in the modern age.
At Sixth Form pupils have the option of taking WJEC A-Level ICT which is made up of coursework (40%) and an examination paper (60%). During this course we cover practical work in presentations, advanced spreadsheets and relational databases while covering a wide range of theory topics from networks to how ICT is used in Healthcare.
Outside of the classroom, pupils from Form 3 upwards have the opportunity to take part in a programming club if they are interested in the more technical side of computers. Pupils will gain experience of programming languages such as Visual Basic, get to experiment with Silverlight animations and take part in any little technical projects we can think of around the school. The aim of this club is to inspire interest and enthusiasm in all of the exciting areas of ICT well beyond the standard syllabuses.
We have two ICT suites which between them contain 44 networked PCs for pupil use. The main ICT Suite is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and all PCs run Windows XP, Office 2007 and there is access to Microsoft Expression Studio Ultimate and Visual Studio Professional.
Mr Paul Curran – Subject leader and cross curricular co-ordinator of ICT
Mrs Samantha Warwick – Teacher of KS3 ICT