Brownhill Learning Community

Brownhill Learning Community

ICT and Computing

The ICT/Computing department at Brownhill Learning Community benefits from two fully networked computer rooms. We have a range of software programs that equip the pupils with the skills and knowledge needed to achieve in this subject.

The Curriculum for ICT/Computing has been designed to ensure that the pupils have the opportunity to access units of work which provide the knowledge and skills needed to access in computing and ICT. Computer Science is a new subject in schools that requires pupils to apply their mathematical knowledge and problem solving skills to various scenarios. This subject requires hard work and resilience.

Since September 2018 we have made changes to the Key Stage 3 Curriculum to ensure that the curriculum is engaging, accessible and relevant to the needs of our pupils.

Key Stage 2.

In Key Stage 2, children will build on their previous learning in ICT/Computing by designing programs that will accomplish specific goals; using sequence, selection and repetition to find solutions to problems; use their reasoning skills to explain how things work and make corrections when things go wrong. Children will learn about computer networks, including the internet, and how they can provide multiple services like the World Wide Web. They will continue to understand how to stay safe when using technology, knowing how to recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour and identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

Key Stage 3.

At key stage 3 pupils will study the following topics:

  • Online safety
  • Control
  • Microsoft Office
  • Hardware and Software
  • Websites
  • App Creation

Depending on ability the pupils will be given an option to gain Functional skills qualifications in year 9.

Key Stage 4.

At Key Stage 4 pupils will complete different qualifications dependent on their level of ability.

  • Online safety
  • Functional skills Level 1, 2 and 3 - Exam board Pearson’s (EdExcel).
  • Level 1 - Exam Board NCFE
  • European Computer Driver License. (ECDL) - Exam Board BSC.
  • iGCSE – Cambridge International

Useful tips for keeping safe online

  • Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
  • Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
  • Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
  • Never give out your passwords.
  • Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
  • Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to a trusted adult about people suggesting you do.
  • Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
  • Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
  • Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude.
  • If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried; turn off the screen of close the laptop and tell a trusted adult immediately.

Useful websites for pupils, parents and guardians.

Online safety