ICT and Computing

ICT (Key Stage Four)

Functional Skills ICT at the Henslow School is concerned with developing the ability of learners to apply and transfer computer skills in ways which are appropriate to their situation, with a focus on work based environments. Embedded into our curriculum is an appreciation of the importance of ICT on a day-to-day basis, its power as a tool in a global society, the dangers posed by this broad connectivity, and the responsibility this brings to us as users.

The student’s journey starts with learning safe and efficient use of ICT systems, which they will then have the opportunity to utilise in finding and selecting information from various sources, with a critical and evaluating mind-set. Our students will then have the opportunity to use this core knowledge to combine and present information using various packages used by businesses and individuals around the world. Students at the Henslow School will be encouraged to practice these skills on regular occasions, with simulated work situations designed to encourage independent problem solving.

Successful students will be able to confidently use programmes commonly found in the work-place, such as: Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint. Furthermore, the individual will be able to present ICT based solutions to basic work based problems, with a keen eye for information validity and computer related privacy and safety concerns.

Computing (Key Stage Three)

Digital technology now plays a huge part in the lives of individuals and our society. These recent developments show no sign of slowing down. With this in mind, we at the Henslow School want to empower our students and assist them to generate opportunities and develop experiences that will allow them to live productive and safe lives in a technological world. We hope that as they move into adulthood, they will be more consciously aware of their own personal responsibilities when using technology and the internet.

Computing is about the use and the understanding of technologies. We attempt to achieve this by allowing students to develop critical thinking, creative understanding and problem solving skills in a safe environment. There is a strong focus on the teaching of computing principles such as: algorithms; programming and development; data and its representation; hardware and processing and understanding communication and networks. We use a number of software and hardware systems to support the delivery of the computing curriculum, such as ‘Scratch’ for block coding skills, ‘BBC Microbits’ for the development of programming and hardware skills and ‘Audacity’ for sound manipulation and editing. The computing curriculum is assessed at Key stage 2 and 3 using a skills progression grid that is linked to the 'Computing at school' programme.

We aim to ensure that students can function safely and responsibly in our developing technological society, with an awareness of moral and ethical issues. We strive to set our students on a pathway which will allow them to develop an understanding of the world in which they find themselves and equip them to make a positive difference to that world.