As a department we firmly believe in providing the opportunity to allow every student to succeed in their chosen area of Computing and are fortunate to be a part of the Computing at School Network of Excellence.
We currently offer two GCSE options, OCR Computing and ICT. Students are prepared for these options through the units of work they complete in Years 7 and 8 where tasks are varied to allow both logical and creative talents to shine.
Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.
J F KENNEDY
Why study this subject?
Topics of Study and Assignments
In Year 7 you learn how to use the school system, effective and safe use of the internet/social media as well as email. You will learn about the structure of computers, computer programming through the use of Scratch, as well as how to use spreadsheets, hardware and software components, binary code and developing web pages in HTML.
In Year 8 you will learn how to develop your programming skills through the use of Python. You will learn about the difference between ICT and Computing through an ICT project.
In GCSE Computing you will discover how computer technology works and take a look at what goes on 'behind the scenes'.
In GCSE ICT you will learn about current and emerging digital technology and its impact on our lives, working with a range of tools and techniques and exploring interactive digital products such as websites, computer games and databases.
Jo Robson qualified with a Bachelor of Education 23 years ago and has since had a varied teaching career creating and delivering innovative learning in schools, football clubs, the community and for Apple.
Maria Prasanna is a Teacher of Computing.
Events and Activities
Year 8 girls code - after school 5 week course aimed at introducing girls to the range of different career opportunities using technology.
Year 9 Robogals - visit to the University of Sussex to explore the use of robots.
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What's Happening in Computing and ICT at Varndean?
Teaching Fundamentals: Checking for Recall and Understanding. https://t.co/9A0Yu3ts17 .