Computing at Bank View

Bank View High School recognises the challenges posed by the changes to the National Curriculum from ICT to Computing and are busy developing a new and exciting curriculum, which combines the best of Computing and ICT to ensure that our students get the best opportunities to explore their talents in both areas.

Key Stage 3

Computer Science/ICT

At Key Stage 3 students now follow the National Curriculum in Computer Science, combined with ICT to ensure that our students have transferable skills, which will prepare them for the future. All students receive one 1 hour lesson per week in our comfortable ICT suite with a Computer Science specialist.

New to KS3

· We are piloting OCR Entry level Computing with our year 9 students. Watch this space!

· We are also introducing a new afternoon ‘coding club’, which will give our students a chance to experiment and explore coding in a friendly and relaxing way.

Internet Safety

At Bank View we take Internet safety very seriously and deliver a complete Internet safety curriculum to ensure that our students have the skills and knowledge to use all forms of technology safely.

Key Stage 4

Open Awards Functional Skills in ICT

In KS4, students undertake Open Awards Functional Skills in ICT, which is good preparation for life at college or in the workplace. At KS4, ICT is also used to support work experience, careers studies, in addition to all curriculum areas. It is our aim that by the end of KS4 as many students as possible should be autonomous users of ICT.

New to KS4

We are also excited to announce that we are piloting a new level 1 CiDA-Digital Applications course, which will give our students the opportunity to gain higher level qualifications. On this course, students will learn exciting new skills in web design, multimedia and digital imaging and will learn to use a range of multimedia applications.

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All students in 6th form study for Open Awards Functional Skills in ICT.