Mrs Wright Head of Department
Mrs Ngwa Head of Key Stage 3 Computing
Mr Ahmed Computer Science Co-ordinator
Computer Science and Information Technology are one of the fastest growing, sustainable sectors of the economy. The Computing department aims to encourage students to become both independent enquirers and creative thinkers.
The work is designed to challenge students to create ICT solutions to key tasks and problems in the real world. In ICT and Computer Science lessons, students are taught how to become efficient users of digital technology, ranging from essential office skills to programming and sequencing.
ICT and Computer Science are taught across all Key Stages at Barking Abbey School.
Our highly skilled staff have expertise across the wide range of emerging technologies, as well as a broad ba
se in the more established areas of the subject.
We offer GCSE ICT and GCSE Computer Science at KS4 and A level Computer Science and ICT at KS5. Our qualifications concentrate on the use of ICT and Computing in the real world, equipping students with skills they will use in all walks of life.
ICT and Computing lessons are taught for 1 hour a week at KS3. Pupils undertake a combination of ICT and Computing units. Pupils begin by developing key skills across a range of software in order to assist their application of ICT across other subjects. They are introduced to Spreadsheets, Database, Web Page Authoring, and Computer Programming. They also develop their proficiency with Graphics software and are introduced to animation using Adobe Flash.
GCSE Computer Science
ICT and Computer Science lessons are taught for 2 hours a week at KS4.
Students studying this qualification will learn how to create applications that: create simple computer games, run on mobile devices, operate in a web enabled environment and gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts around creating software applications.
GCSE ICT Specification
GCSE ICT develops practical skills in ICT applications alongside a thorough knowledge and understanding of ICT concepts. Students are required to demonstrate ability in spreadsheets, web publishing, desktop publishing, graphic design, use of Adobe Web Premium Suites, and use of databases. They also explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use.
At Key Stage 5 students are offered an AS/A2 qualification in Computer Science and ICT. These courses enable students to identify and solve problems by developing ICT systems in a chosen scenario. Students learn about the effective use of ICT systems and develop an understanding of the opportunities they offer to both organisations and society as well as using Spreadsheet and Database to analyse and interpret complex numerical data.
The department provides support sessions after school to help raise attainment in ICT and Computer Science. Students are able to use this time to develop course work, extend the learning they have done in lessons, and facilitate for students who have no access to computers at home, in order to produce homework and complete coursework
The department delivers lessons in six well equipped computer suites. We have a variety of software packages at our disposal including Microsoft Office, Adobe Web Suite, Game Maker, Scratch and specialist development environments for programming.