At FreshSteps pupils learn to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in the use of Computing. Computing is the study of principles and practices that underpin an understanding and modelling of computation, and of their application in the development of computer systems. At its heart lies the notion of computational thinking: a mode of thought that goes well beyond software and hardware, and that provides a framework within which to reason about systems and problems. This mode of thinking is supported and complemented by a substantial body of theoretical and practical knowledge, and by a set of powerful techniques for analysing, modelling and solving problems.
Computing is deeply concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils studying computing gain insight into computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. Computational thinking influences fields such as biology, chemistry, linguistics, psychology, economics and statistics. It allows us to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. It is a skill that empowers, and that all pupils should be aware of and have some competence in. Furthermore, pupils who can think computationally are better able to conceptualise and understand computer-based technology, and so are better equipped to function in modern society.
We use ICT for formative whole class assessment when using the programme Socratives which automatically displays on the whiteboard how well the student has done in the test.
Computing is a practical subject, where invention and resourcefulness are encouraged. Pupils are expected to apply the academic principles they have learnt to the understanding of real-world systems, and to the creation of purposeful artefacts. This combination of principles, practise, and invention makes it an extraordinarily useful and an intensely creative subject, suffused with excitement, both visceral (“it works!”) and intellectual (“that is so beautiful”).
A range of experiences are offered to pupils by Computing as a discrete subject as well as through other curriculum subjects.
All rooms are equipped with individual computers, in addition to this, we have laptops used for SEN programmes for individual students.
Students have access to the latest hardware and software. Computer rooms are available for use by students after school.
- Up-to-date ICT Suites
- Interactive Whiteboards
- Microsoft Office 2010 for Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Database Processing and Presentations
- Adobe PhotoShop for Image Editing
- Socratives for classes and homework .
- Afterschool clubs – See your ICT teachers for further details.
Girls Computing Club –
Year 9, 10 & 11: ICT & Computing Workshop