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Bablake has a thriving ICT Department in which pupils follow a curriculum that is inspiring, engaging, exciting and challenging. Pupils develop digital literacy, computational skills and IT skills.

We encourage pupils to develop the learning skills of resilience, teamwork, problem-solving and independance as well as the safe and responsible use of ICT systems.

 

Staff

  • Mr M G Bull (Head of Department)
  • Mr L Atwal
  • Miss R M Blattner (Lead Timetabler and Contingent Commander CCF)
  • Mr A Statham (Network Manager)
  • Mr P Chahal (Senior Technician and Educational Visits Coordinator)
  • Mr R Kular (Technician)

Facilities

The department consists of four special purpose computer suites. Each suite has 14 networked computers, a colour laser printer, a scanner and a variety of other devices.

The main software currently used in the ICT department is:

  • Microsoft Office 2013 (which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Access and Outlook)
  • Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 (which includes Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks and InDesign)
  • Imagine Logo
  • Logicator
  • Scratch
  • Python

Curriculum

All Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils have one timetabled 70 minute ICT lesson each week. Pupils develop their skills through a range of engaging practical activities using common software packages to solve problems.  Increasingly, they will have the opportunity to develop their computational thinking skills such as algorithm development and programming as well as their understanding of how computers work and how data is physically stored.

Shells (Year 7)

Software covered will be MS Publisher, MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop and Imagine Logo.

Pupils will:

  1. Use Photoshop to create a cartoon image of themselves. 
  2. Use Publisher to create a variety of publications such as a French Picture Dictionary. 
  3. Use Excel to create models in order to do what-if analyses as well as creating charts and graphs. 
  4. Use PowerPoint to produce a presentation that they must deliver to the rest of the class. 
  5. Use Imagine Logo to begin developing programming skills.

As well as software skills, we cover general ICT theory to do with computer terminology, networks, hardware, software and computer security.

2nd Years (Year 8)

The course will recap and extend pupils’ knowledge and use of all the software packages that were covered during Year 7.

Pupils will:

  1. Use Word and Publisher to create professional business stationery such as a letterhead, memo and business card.
  2. Use Access to develop database and data handling skills to add, edit and delete data from a database, as well as producing queries, reports and mail-merged letters.
  3. Learn how to create websites using HTML, and combine this with Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Photoshop to create an interactive website with rollover buttons and animated banners.
  4. Learn how data is stored in a computer system using binary.
  5. Extend their programming skills using Scratch.

As well as software skills, we cover general ICT theory about spreadsheets, databases and web pages. Pupils are encouraged to consider carefully information they find on the internet and are given strategies for searching for quality information.

3rd Years (Year 9)

The course will recap and extend pupils’ knowledge and use of all the software packages that were covered during Years 7 and 8.

Pupils will:

  1. Learn about Data Protection, Copyright and Health and Safety legislation and will produce professional documents to explain these to others. 
  2. Learn how data is stored using the hexadecimal numbering system. 
  3. Further develop their programming skills using Python. 
  4. Learn why data is encrypted for transmission and storage, and look at some simple cryptography ciphers as well as the complex Enigma code. 
  5. Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to create isometric shapes, as well as their very own version of Monopoly. 
  6. Bring all their skills together to complete an assessed project.

As well as software skills, we cover general ICT theory to do with spreadsheets, databases and web pages as well as recapping the theory done in year 7.

4th and 5th Years (Years 10 and 11)

In Year 10, pupils can opt to take GCSE ICT or GCSE Computing. These are both highly regarded academic courses which will consist of several pieces of controlled assessment and a terminal exam. 

The controlled assessment tasks are set by the exam board and are completed during the course in supervised lessons. Currently, controlled assessment is worth 60% of the final mark. The final report and evidence for the controlled assessment is internally assessed and then externally moderated. 

 

At the end of the course there will also be a terminal exam testing the theory covered. Currently the exam is worth 40% of the final mark.

6th Form (Years 12 and 13)

In the 6th Form, pupils are given the option to further their ICT studies at Advanced Level by doing the AQA ICT AS in the L6th and then continuing on to do AQA A2 in the U6th if they so wish.

Ethos

ICT is becoming increasingly important in today's society, as is the need to understand basic computational thinking. Everyone will need to be confident users of computer systems and common software. They will need to be able to select and use appropriate software to solve problems, and understand how to use computer systems safely, both in the workplace and in their leisure activities. Many will need to be able to plan and develop algorithms or write programs to create software. 

The aims of the department are to engage and enthuse pupils in this exciting subject, allowing them to be creative problem solvers. They will make progress at their own rate with help and advice as and when needed, and will learn a range of transferable ICT skills in order to become autonomous users of ICT. Pupils are also encouraged to be analytical in their approach to problem-solving and to be able to judge their own work critically. More able pupils will be able to extend their skills, knowledge and understanding through a range of carefully prepared extension materials to ensure they are fully challenged. 

We promote ICT as being a cross-gender and multi-cultural subject. We also aim to discuss moral, ethical and legal issues associated with the use of ICT and, as such, have a comprehensive and regularly updated ICT Code of Practice for all users.

Destinations

The vast majority of Bablake's pupils go on to university and it is pleasing to see the number of our students embarking upon degree courses relating to ICT and Computer Science. However all of our students will benefit from the high level of ICT skills developed in school to aid them with their research and work at university, or in apprenticeships or jobs.

Co-Curricular

The department believes in creating as many opportunities as possible to promote the use of ICT throughout the school. We encourage pupils to come to ICT Workshops to help build skills and boost their confidence in their use. Wherever possible, we encourage pupils to take part in any ICT based competitions that we are made aware of. There will be opportunities for pupils to become involved in programming activities using Raspberry Pis.

Contact

For more information, contact the department head at: mgb@bablake.coventry.sch.uk

Facilities are good and there are lots of them which we use.

Sukhdeep