FOUNDATION | EXAMINATION | ADVANCED
Within the Computing department, we have eight specialist ICT suites/teaching rooms, all designed for whole class teaching and all of which have interactive smart boards.
At Kingsbury High School, we cover the three strands within Computing: Digital Literacy, Computer Science and Information Technology. Students learn to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in the use of ICT and Computing, and the curriculum teaches the application of the principles, practices and technologies involved in the collection, storage, manipulation, transmission and presentation of information in its various forms. Students learn how to use various application software, create different digital products, and research, design, create and test their creations for real-life projects. For computer science, students learn how to think computationally, rationally and logically by solving programming tasks, learning how the insides of a computer work and learning how to program.
Computing is a practical subject, where invention and resourcefulness are encouraged, where students are expected to apply the academic principles they have learnt, to the understanding of real-world systems.
During the Foundation stage of The Kingsbury Curriculum (Year 7 and Year 8), all students study Computer Studies twice a year in rotation with other subjects. In Year 7, students become familiar with the school network and there is a continuous focus on ensuring that students understand the implications of using ICT safely. Students are also introduced to computer programming through developing their own computer game. They also work with multimedia software to further their graphics and web development skills. During year 8, students develop their programming knowledge further by using a number of programming languages. They also develop their skills of using graphic and web development software.
Students can choose Computer Science or Graphic Communications as a GCSE option to study during the Examination Stage.
The Department delivers an A level course on Computing for study as well a variety of BTEC qualifications in ICT at the Advanced Stage of the Curriculum.