The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life. ICT capability encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. ICT capability is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society.
ICT can be used to find, develop, analyse and present information, as well as to model situations and solve problems. ICT enables rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures, and allows pupils to collaborate and exchange information on a wide scale. ICT acts as a powerful force for change in society, and citizens should have an understanding of the social, ethical, legal and economic implications of its use, including how to use ICT safely and responsibly. Increased capability in the use of ICT supports initiative and independent learning, as pupils are able to make informed judgements about when and where to use ICT to enhance their learning and the quality of their work.
Department Enrichment and extra-curricular activities
The ICT department at Guilsborough runs CC4G; formerly Computer Club for Girls, now Computer Club for Guilsborough. CC4G is an award-winning initiative that captures students' imagination at an age when young people typically become disinterested in IT. CC4G is designed for students aged 10-14 and the gender neutral materials are suitable for both girls and boys.
From September 2009, we will also be running a Camera club. This will specifically focus on digital photography, teaching students the technical and creative skills necessary to get the most out of their camera and edit their work in photoshop. Students will be able to use the department’s digital SLRs, or bring in their own cameras. We hope to run termly photo competitions, as well as the occasional photo-shoot trip through the year.
Gifted and talented provision
We start our G&T provision even before the students are in year 7, with intensive ICT days run for the more able students from our primary feeder schools. From year 7 onwards, more able students are challenged with work differentiated to meet their needs and enable them to develop into sophisticated ICT practitioners.
Key Stage 3
Further information regarding the KS3 curriculum can be accessed via the following links:
KS3 Computer Science Curriculum - Year 7
KS3 Computer Science Curriculum - Year 8
Key Stage 4
Further information regarding the KS4 curriculum can be accessed via the following links:
KS4 ICT Curriculum - Year 9
KS4 Computer Science Curriculum - Year 9
KS4 ICT Curriculum - Year 10
KS4 Computer Science Curriculum - Year 10
KS4 ICT Curriculum - Year 11
KS4 Computer Science Curriculum - Year 11
Key Stage 5
Further information regarding the KS5 curriculum can be accessed via the following links:
KS5 Curriculum - BTEC ICT