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ICT


FACULTY LEADER: Mr Mordue

Prince Henry's is committed to preparing students for the future and recognises that digital skills and basic computer programming are an essential part of today’s curriculum. Students follow a comprehensive Computer Science & ICT curriculum, with opportunities to take part in many extra-curricular activities, such as Code Club and a trip to world famous Bletchley Park, amongst other things.

KS3 Curriculum

It is vital that students are able to use computers and relevant software independently. In order to achieve high levels of ICT & computing competence early, students study ICT for three one-hour lessons per fortnight from Year 7 to 9 in mixed ability sets. This allows students to tackle challenging activities and cover topics in more depth, allowing them not only to expand their skills and knowledge, but also to gain confidence. We believe the projects we offer at KS3 prepare students well for KS4, this is supported by consistently outstanding results at all key stages.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Introduction to computer programming

How the internet works

Online safety project

The work of Alan Turing

Create a website in HTML

BBC Micro:bit project

Web design/JavaScript project

Online Safety project

Programming: Python Turtle Graphics

How computers work project

Cryptography

AI research project

Graphics Editing

Programming: Text games

Programming: Python skills

Spreadsheets and Databases projects

Game Theory

Online Safety Project

We follow the National Curriculum for Computing, covering three areas:

  • Computer Science
  • Digital Literacy
  • Information Technology

KS4 Curriculum

At KS4, students can opt for GCSE iMedia, which is a new and exciting graphics/Media course where students learn how to make high quality websites, videos and graphics in a range of industry standard software.

Students can also opt for GCSE Computer Science, which is proving to be a successful and challenging course. Students follow a comprehensive curriculum and learn to program in Python and SQL. This course also prepares students well for the rigours of A Level.

KS5 Curriculum

In the Sixth Form, students may continue to extend their knowledge and understanding from the GCSE iMedia course with a clear progression pathway to OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate in IT.

GCSE Computer Science students can follow a clear progression to A Level Computer Science, which is proving to be a popular and successful course at Prince Henry's.

Students do not need to have done either of our GCSE courses in order to follow any of our successful A Level options and can even choose to do both, if they wish.

Enrichment

KS3 students have the opportunity to join the Code Club, which runs weekly throughout the year.

Year 9 students have the opportunity to visit the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. This enrichment activity is intended to provide opportunities for skills, learning and engagement with digital and creative media.

Year 10 and 11 students have the opportunity to visit Bletchley Park and learn about the vital role played by the code-breakers in WW2.

Year 12 & 13 students have the opportunity to visit Leeds University to explore career opportunities available in IT & Computing, and also get involved in exciting and real-life challenges, such a Programming Micro-Bit national challenge/competition, where students actually design and create a piece of software to help people with a particular physical or medical condition or disability.

All students also have access to ICT facilities during lunchtime and after school.