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 PCs in each plus laptops, so every student is guaranteed a PC to themselves when needing 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.
GCSE ICT – Edexcel
Year 11 Course
Students in GCSE ICT finalise their Unit 2 Controlled Assessment Brief which is set by the exam board. This is a series of activities and evaluations based around a scenario. The remainder of Year 11 is devoted to preparing for the Unit 1 exam. This is an external exam which is sat in May and comprises multiple choice, short and long answer questions. It is worth 40% of the overall grade. Revision guides, workbooks and past papers are issued to students in order to support them to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Year 10 Course
Students in year 10 GCSE ICT will prepare for the Unit 2 controlled assessment tasks through skills builder activities which will prepare them for the actual controlled assessment. This is a series of activities and evaluations based around a scenario issued by Edexcel. Unit 2 is marked internally and externally moderated. It is worth 60% of the overall grade.
GSCE Computing – OCR
Year 11 Course
Students in GCSE Computing finalise their controlled assessments making any final improvements as required. A452 is a practical investigation and A453 is a programming project. Both controlled assessments are set by the exam board and are worth 30% each, totalling 60% of the overall grade. The remainder of the year is devoted to preparation for the exam which will be sat in May. It is worth 40% of the overall grade. Revision guides, workbooks and past papers are issued to students in order to support them to achieve the best possible outcomes.
GSCE Computer Science – Edexcel
Year 10 Course
Students in year 10 GCSE Computer Science will be starting a new course which is 80% exam and 20% controlled assessment. The two exam based units are: Principles of Computer Science (a mixture of multiple choice, short and extended open response questions, worth 40% of the grade overall); Application of
Computational Thinking, based on a scenario, a mix of short and extended open response questions, also worth 40% of the overall grade. The final 20% of the course is a controlled assessment based around programming.
Summer Term 2016
Year 7 students are learning about sequencing instructions as they continue to explore the possibilities of the BBC Microbit which each child will be taking home to keep at the end of this academic year with the aim of inspiring a generation of programmers.
Year 8 students are learning about creating digital video and sound including designing their own adverts having just completed a unit developing students’ understanding of spreadsheets.
Year 9 students are learning about more advanced programming techniques in Python before moving onto looking at animation using DrawPlus and Pivot.
Year 10 GCSE Computing students are working on their A452 controlled assessment tasks using My SQL.
Year 10 GCSE ICT students are working on their controlled assessment around the theme of organising a school prom. They are building a spreadsheet model so that they can test various cost and income decisions before moving on to designing a web page.
The closing date has now passed for entries for the BAFTA Young Game Designers 2016. If you have missed the deadline for this year there is always next year!
Outside the classroom
We have comprehensive after school support in place for GCSE ICT and Computing students which currently runs on Thursday and Friday after school. This enables students to revisit topics on which they may need additional support. We have also run Gifted and Talented workshops which promote learning in Computing with our most able students.
There will also be a coding club just for budding programmers at KS3 using BBC Microbits and Raspberry Pi units starting from September 2016.
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. The following programs are open source and can be downloaded freely.
Audacity – Sound editing software used across KS3 and 4.
Python – Programming language used across KS3 and 4.
Small Basic – Programming language use at KS3.
Scratch – Programming language used at KS3.
Pivot – Animation program used at KS3.
MovieMaker – Video editing software used across KS3 and 4.
Additionally we have a comprehensive after school support in place for GCSE ICT and Computing students which currently runs on a Thursday and Friday afterschool.
Teachers are also available at break and lunchtimes for specific queries relating to class and homework tasks.