Computing & ICT

At West Buckland we recognise the importance of ICT in the school curriculum. ICT is an experience in its own right, combining skills and concepts related directly to the use of computers and applications software. In addition, it is seen as a means of enriching and enhancing the delivery of all subjects across the curriculum.

Aims

  • To encourage a positive attitude towards the informed use of ICT.
  • To encourage the development of confidence and practical skills in the use of ICT.
  • To offer a broad and balanced perspective of the range of computer applications leading to an understanding of an individual user’s capabilities.
  • To develop an awareness of ethical, social and economic consequences of the use of computers for individuals and for society.
  • To develop a knowledge and understanding of the concepts relevant to ICT.

The Facilities

The ICT Department is housed in a purpose-built centre on the upper floor of the Delderfield Building. There are three teaching rooms: T1 (26 computers), T2 (24 computers) and T3 (22 computers). These computers run the Microsoft Windows operating system and have a range of general and specialist software installed including: MS Office 2010 (Word, Excel, Publisher, Access & PowerPoint), Adobe Creative Suite 6 (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, Flash, InDesign, Illustrator & Fireworks), Audacity, Flowol 4, Imagine Logo and Smart Notebook. Each room also has a scanner, a ceiling mounted projector and an interactive whiteboard. The ICT rooms are available for booking by all departments in the School.

The ICT Centre is open with supported access for all pupils from Years 7-13 during most lunchtimes and after school; sixth formers are also welcome to work in the rooms during the school day when there is space. Pupils also have access to a suite of computers in the Library and Resources Centre during the working day, evenings and weekends.

Pupils can access their email and the school system from anywhere in the world via the internet. The school manages its own Intranet from where pupils can access information and resources made available by their teachers, both in school and at home.

ICT in the Curriculum

Pupils in Years 7, 8 & 9 have two periods of ICT each week and follow a course designed to give them a sound grounding in the use of the major office applications, as well as an introduction to software applications that are more specific to the use of ICT and Computing in the modern world. This includes units of work covering: word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, graphing, databases, Logo, web pages, control systems, image processing, video and sound editing. Pupils also follow a touch typing course to give them the opportunity to increase their speed and accuracy when using a keyboard.

Pupils in Year 10 aim to achieve the BCS Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills. The course is made up of four units (Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations & Improving Productivity). Examinations are taken regularly throughout the year and if pupils pass all four they will be awarded the ECDL for Schools qualification graded at either Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or Pass.