At CIK we recognise that many of the jobs that will be available in the future do not even exist yet, therefore our digital learning programme aims to equip students with adaptable skills to prepare them for whatever the future may hold.
In Key Stage 3
students are given a one-to-one school owned laptops to use during the school day. The students move with laptops in each lesson and teachers make use of a range of tools. We encourage online collaboration with office365 where students can work on shared documents (a real world skill!) This also gives students access to a wealth of online resources that can really enhance a lesson.
We have developed our Key Stage 3 curriculum based on the UK National Curriculum to ensure students have a firm foundation for the next stage of their learning.
Students spend one hour a week on digital learning skills building on the use of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software in the primary phase but also extending on to units involving animation, video editing and web development. We work with the subject departments to then practise the skills learnt across the curriculum.
The second hour in the week focusses on developing computational skills using Apple swift programming, MIT App Inventor, Python and also introducing key concepts such as binary numbers, logic and flowcharts. Students also have opportunities to develop computer graphics and animation skills as part of enrichment activities.
At Key Stage 4
we currently offer CIE course options in IGCSE ICT (0417) and IGCSE Computer Science (0478) as well as BTEC Level 2 IT. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop to school.
involves learning about computer hardware, software, networks and security amongst other topics. Practical skills focus on word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, databases and web development.
IGCSE Computer Science
involves learning about data representation (for examples binary and hexadecimal numbers), communication and internet technologies, hardware and software, security and ethics. Practical skills are based on problem solving and programming, for example learning to use flowcharts, pseudocode, understand algorithms and programming in Python.
BTEC Level 2 IT
is made up of four units: Communication in the IT industry, Working in the IT Industry and two optional units which are currently Doing Business online and Computer Graphics.
At Key Stage 5,
our sixth form, students study one of two options currently: CIE A-level IT (9626) and BTEC Level 3 IT. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop to school.
A-level IT builds on the IGCSE ICT course and requires a greater depth of understanding across the key areas of word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, databases and web development.
It also introduces computer graphics, sound and video editing, animation and programming for the web.
BTEC Level 3 IT
is a technical qualification that can be tailored to individual interests due to a wide range of optional units that build on the mandatory units: Communication and Employability Skills for IT and Computer Systems.
Resources and Digital Spaces
We have sets of iPads that can be utilised across the school for a range of purposes, for example in the Science Department iPads can be used to record practical investigations and also to observe simulations if the investigation cannot be carried out in school. In French, iPads are used for language development with a range of apps. In Music, Garageband is used with iRig keyboards to develop performance and composition skills.
Our Apple Suite is fully equipped for Music Technology with IMac computers, iRig Keyboards and audio interfaces to give budding musicians and composers the best start.
The suite also has MacBook Airs and iPad pros that are utilised to learn a range of skills related digital graphics, animation, web development and video editing.
All our machines are licensed with Adobe software including: Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Animate, Audition, Premiere Pro and After effects, which prepares students for industry standard software.
Further iMacs are available for use in the Secondary Library so students can practise skills learnt during lessons and complete homework tasks.
The Digital Common Room
is a collaborative IT learning space used for Secondary school IT lessons, equipped with curved screens, each with Mac Mini, it is ideal for both individual and group activities such as animation and video editing projects. With whiteboard table tops students can discuss ideas and make notes directly onto the desks with whiteboard markers.
The Digital Corridor
is one of our latest develops, the space is designed to provide group learning opportunities that can be utilised by any subject. It is equipped with TV screens and apple TVs so students can collaborate on projects and share their work.
The Green Screen Room
provides a space for filming videos and creating effects, this space is still currently under development and will be equipped further with hardware for producing quality videos in 2018.