Curriculum Introduction – Aims and Ethos

At Tabor we are proud of the facilities that are available for all our students. We have numerous computer suites containing between 20 and 30 PC’s in each plus laptops, so every student is guaranteed a PC to themselves when he/she needs to work individually.

Tabor has both a wired and wireless network so that students are able to carry out their studies throughout the school. In addition we have an RM network that allows every student to access their individual profile anywhere within the building.

Every student has a school e-mail account that can be used both in and out of school to e-mail work home and vice versa building upon our significant Computing resources we help students to become proficient in a wide variety of programs so that they can make best use of digital technology in their lives.

We encourage students to make their own decisions about how and when to use digital devices to solve particular problems.

Outside the classroom

We have a comprehensive after school support in place for GCSE ICT and Computing students which currently runs on a Thursday and Friday afterschool. This enables students to revisit topics that they may need additional support with. We have also run Gifted and Talented workshops which promote learning in Computing with our most able students.

There is also a coding club just for budding programmers at KS3 using BBC Microbits and Raspberry Pi’s running from September 2018.

KS4 students will be visiting Bletchley Park in the Autumn term to gain further understanding of the development of computers and the role that they play in our everyday lives.

Support for your learning

Our priority is that students are skilled in using a broad range of programs in an increasingly complex way. We encourage students to experiment so that they appreciate the full potential of a given piece of software. Students can expect to use the following programs in the course of their time at Tabor:

  • Serif: MoviePlus, WebPlus, DrawPlus, PagePlus and PhotoPlus.
  • Microsoft: Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, Small Basic.
  • Open source: Python, Audacity, Scratch, Pivot, My SQL.

In addition, students will be using Google Classroom which will enable students to access lesson resources at home.

At least one Computing suite is open after school from 3.30pm (the library is open every day in addition to Room 118 on Thursday and Friday from 3.30pm).

Examples of outstanding work from KS4 controlled assessments:

GCSE ICT

Students have created multimedia presentations as part of the coursework this year.

Prom Demo

GCSE Computer Science

Students completed an NEA project using file handling in Python.

Analysis 

This is an example of the write up. Hyperlink will need to be added to NEA assignment.