Computing & ICT

Department Contact:

 Staff Name  Email Address
 Mr Plahe ( Lead for Computing & ICT)  m.plahe@khalsasecondaryacademy.com

Computing and ICT allows students to:

  • Explore e-safety and how to make use of ICT safely and responsibly.
  • Become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas.
  • Develop skills in computer systems, data structures, algorithms, programming, networks and communication systems.
  • Analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems.
  • Work cooperatively and independently using practical and investigative skills
  • Be aware of the impact of new technologies on methods of working in the outside world and on social, economic, ethical and moral issues.

Students are taught the above topics, all of which are then explored in greater depth at GCSE level. In particular, priority is given to programming; at first in Scratch and then in Python. By the time learners reach KS4, they will be sufficiently grounded in computing to approach the GCSE Computer Science with confidence, and have enough programming skills to succeed at GCSE Controlled Assessments in year 11.

At Khalsa Secondary Academy the lessons focus on teaching students practical skills in using a wide variety of software packages and also helping them to achieve the knowledge and skills they need to use ICT in a safe and appropriate way.

Enrichment, Intervention and Extra- Curricular
Throughout the school year the Computing and ICT Department offers a variety of intervention and clubs after school and during lunch time, for example coding club.
There are also Saturday revision sessions for KS4 students to help them achieve their aspirational targets.
Students also have the opportunity to attend a range of extracurricular trips to a wide variety of places, such as Bletchley Park, Science Museum and The National Museum of Computing.

E-safety
Staying safe on-line (E-safety) is a very important topic that we cover in depth in Year 7 and revisit in Year 8 and 9 using age appropriate resources that enable students to learn how to avoid the dangers of communication technology.
The internet has changed our lives tremendously. However for parents and carers this adds a responsibility of being aware of the effects on children of things such as social media, forums, cyberbullying and inappropriate websites.
E-safety lessons ensure that students stay safe online. The following are useful resources and tips for students and parents for guidance on how to remain safe online:

Parent and Carers Checklist

Please select from below the curriculum overview for the relevant year group.

Year 7       Year 8        Year 10         Year 11

We are regularly updating our website with current information. If you have any further questions please contact us via email: info@khalsasecondaryacademy.com or call us on 01753 662009