Computer Science is a developing subject at Fort Pitt. All students follow a Computer Science curriculum in years 7 and 8 and this then gives them the opportunity to opt for GCSE Computer Science. From September 2017 students will opt to do A-Level Computer Science. Both Computer Science teachers are specialists with programming backgrounds; both have previously been examiners. The department is on a journey to develop the interest in the subject across the school by raising its profile as a subject for girls and for boys in the Sixth Form.
The Department offers a number of enrichment activities to enhance pupils’ achievement and enjoyment of the subject.
- Computer Gaming Club – fortnightly. Open to years 7-10
- Film club – weekly. Open to all year groups. Opportunity to see films relating to Computer Science and Technology across a range of categories including e-safety and hacking, advanced technology and AI
Teachers also offer classes to support at lunchtimes and after school to help pupils with different assessments or general subject advice.
The department organises a number of trips throughout the year offering students the opportunity to understand how Computer Science is used and impacts upon the real world. Trips going out this year include Disneyland Paris for A Level students, National Museum of Computing for years 7 and 8, Mercedes Benz World including an under 17 driving experience for Year 9. Trips planned include The National Space Centre for year 9 and Thorpe Park for year 10.
Subject Leader: Mr R Pitman (email@example.com)
Key Stage 3
The programme of study is undertaken by Years 7 and 8 students and is based on the five areas of the Naace ICT Framework. Projects have been designed to give students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in aspects of Computer Studies and Information Communications Technology that Naace considers essential for learners in the Third Millennium.
The five broad areas of ICT knowledge and understanding studied are:
- Digital Literacy
- Technology in the World
- Technical Understanding
- Safety, Security and the Law
- Kodu Programing
- Flowol Control
- Understanding computers
- Digital Video Project
- Cyber Security and Computer Crime
- Spreadsheet Modelling
- Introduction to Python
- Python Next steps
- HTML and Website
Schemes of Learning are available to both students and parents via Sharepoint