Computing & ICT

The Vision of the Department

From Nanotechnology to Synthetic Biology, from Wearable Computers to Self-Driving Cars; Computing will continue to shape the future that we live in.

Computing teaches us how to solve problems by breaking them down into manageable components. In developing our own original solutions, Computing requires us to be both logical and creative. Computing enables us to develop a skillset and mindset which will be useful in literally every other discipline.

The Computing department believes that being a digital native and a mere user of technology is not enough. Technology is changing at such a rapid pace that in order to thrive and succeed in the 21st Century, we need to understand how computers work. We therefore aim to transform users of technology into creators of technology by giving all our students the opportunity to think, program, build, create, persevere and grow.

Enrichment

Digital Leaders is an Enrichment which develops students who have a passion to help Ark Greenwich Free School shape its vision and strategy around the use of technology. Digital Leaders take on leadership roles which provide advice and guidance as to the effectiveness of technology. They make sure that fellow students and their teachers have the skills to use those technologies effectively.

A Homework club and drop-in Computing Clinic is run on Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes. This enables students to ask any questions related to Computing and to clarify any concepts which they did not understand in class. Students may also research and print their homework for their other subjects.

Computing Intervention is an enrichment run for GCSE students on Wednesday and Thursday lunch times. This allows students to develop their confidence in programming and prepare for the GCSE Controlled Assessments. In this small group environment, students can work at their own pace with the support of their teacher. Students may be selected by their teacher or they can opt-in themselves. It equates to over 60 hours of additional learning time and should help students close the gap between their prior attainment and their future goals.

Micro:bit enrichment programme is designed to make learning and teaching easy and fun!. Micro:bit foundation vision is to inspire every child to create their best digital future.

IET Faraday Challenge programme is an is an engineering-based competition for schools. IET Faraday aims to make lessons even more interesting by showing that the learning has real-life applications via case studies that showcase some of the most innovative examples of current engineering and technology from around the world.

The Computer Science and ICT curriculum is supported and developed by a range of Drop Down Day activities:

UK Bebras challenge: The Bebras Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking to students. It is organised in over 40 countries and designed to get students all over the world excited about computing.