Mrs Sherwin – Teacher of Computer Science
Mrs Carter – Teacher of Computer Science
Mr O’Neill – Teacher of Computer Science
Mr Seddon – Teacher of Computer Science
Mrs Rowley – Teacher of Computer Science
Mr Connolly – Teacher of Computer Science
ICT at St John Fisher aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to access the ever changing world of technological innovation. The aim is to give them transferable skills that they can use in future education, the workplace and everyday life. There is an understanding that e-safety is essential and we integrate this across the curriculum to ensure students have the skills and information required to stay safe online.
Each student has an independent work area on the school network which enables them to access applications and email. We treat every child as an individual and track their learning story to enable them to make the utmost progress.
In Years Seven and Eight students have three computer science lessons per fortnight. In year 9 they have two lessons a fortnight. Students cover topics such as programming, e-safety and how a computer works.
Students opting for Computer Science subject in Key Stage Four have five lessons per fortnight. We offer the OCR GCSE (9-1) Computer Science.
The Computer Science GCSE qualification is ideal for students who would like to progress to ‘A’ level computer science. Students create a computing solutions following the process from planning through to evaluation, giving students all important project management and testing skills that would be required in a real computing working environment. Students also set two written examinations.
We always endeavour to create interest and enthusiasm in lessons by contextualising the topics and using a variety of teaching styles and innovative teaching resources. The department offers topic- related trips to consolidate learning, such as Business students visiting Cadbury World in Birmingham. Staff also make themselves available after school to assist students who are doing out of hours study.
In Key Stage Three, students complete one practical and one written assessment per half term. These take place in the last week of each half term.
In Key Stage Four, students are assessed by their course work, classwork and homework.