Computing at Brook Green
At Brook Green ICT/Computer Science provides an opportunity for Students to develop their computing capability. Students are provided with the foundation to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in order that they may successfully progress through Key Stages 3 and 4. This in turn will give them a good grounding for future study and employability thus ensuring best possible outcomes are achieved by our students to fulfil their full potential. All students are given a Chromebook to use in lessons across the curriculum so they may access up to date information and work electronically.
Key Stage 3
ICT and Computer Science is taught as a subject in its own right at Key Stage 3. This involves teaching of basic coding & programming where students complete an ‘Hour of Code’ for which they gain a certificate. In addition to this a ‘Game’ creation module is studied alongside a wide range of Microsoft Office applications. Students are able to build on skills taught in preparation for the transition into KS4. Students also follow an E-Safety scheme of learning to ensure that they are suitably equipped to keep themselves safe in the digital world as technological advancements occur. The assessment of the students is carried out at the end of each topic and students are regularly set targets for improvement throughout.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 all students have the opportunity to gain a nationally recognisable qualifications in ICT and/or Functional Skills. A variety of courses are offered to accommodate all levels of ability thus ensuring students leave Brook Green with the ability to use digital technology in future study or employment.
OCR Digital Employability Entry Level/Level 1
WJEC Entry Pathway
EdEdcel Functional Skills ICT Level 1/2
All students complete two weeks of E-Safety training at the beginning of every year with an additional week during Internet Safety Week held in February. Furthermore, assemblies at both Key Stages are held regularly where current technological issues are discussed and advice is given to students. E-Safety and ICT is ongoing throughout the curriculum on a daily basis. All students are fully aware that inappropriate use of technology in school will result in sanctions with a possible outcome being a period of restricted internet access. In addition to this, parents have the opportunity to attend E-Safety courses held at the school where worries and concerns are discussed and help and advice is given.
ICT Facilities at Brook Green
We are committed to ensuring that as a school we use a range of new technologies to support innovative and creative teaching and learning for our whole community.
Thus said Brook Green has excellent ICT facilities including computers in all learning areas and up to date interactive boards to support teaching and learning. Staff have IPads, Chromebooks and Laptops. Students are provided with their own Chromebooks for school use across the curriculum and are allowed to keep them when they leave school at the end of Year 11 as a thank you for all their hard work.
The ICT department have recently purchased some Sphero balls which supports students with programming, co-ordination and logical thinking skills. The Sphero activities are popular with students who have used them not only in the classroom but also in the natural environment such as the field, woods and a water tank, with plenty more opportunities to complete creative tasks of their choice.
ICT Home Learning
This is an excellent online resource where students in both Key Stages are able to practice their coding skills at various levels. Students enjoy using this resource and are presented with a certificate of achievement upon completion.
A great area for revising esafety knowledge and skills with a test that can be completed. It is for KS3 but is also suitable for BGCFL KS4 students too.
This site is good for explaining ICT words encouraging literacy through Look Say Cover Check activities. There is the opportunity to print worksheets. All ages.
ICT games with strong links to maths (games with purpose) All ages.
Fantastic tutorials that cater for KS4 students with an interest in CGI from a starter level to more complex level. Blender is shareware and is free to download and use follow this link to get it https://www.blender.org/download/
Other learning activities you could do with your child
This is a selection of games that are suitable for students to play.
This offers a range of quizzes on topics that students can choose from.
Lots of Functional skills practice here especially for KS4