ICT and Computing
A balanced curriculum of ICT and Computer Science is taught at St George’s from First Year to Third Year.
In the First Year the girls learn how to create professional documents and how to 'speak computer' using binary (ones and zeros). They also begin to understand programming using Kodu and micro:bits with emoticons and sounds plus many other exciting and fun activities.
In the Second Year, the girls learn how to create a radio and TV advert, they create a design to print out on our 3D printers, they start programming using Scratch and have a go at physical computing using Micro:bits. We also use Excel spreadsheets for modelling and learn how to create Web pages using HTML (Hypertext Markup Language).
In the Third Year, we work on a basic understanding of Photoshop, there is the chance to build an Application, a Website and a Database, we look at how networks function and we try to get our heads around the expanding world of Artificial Intelligence.
In the Lower Sixth pupils follow an ICT skills for the workplace and higher education course as part of their curriculum.
We pride ourselves on differentiated individual learning activities that foster enthusiasm, independent learning and resilience. Lessons are taught in a modern, light and airy ICT suite. All PCs have Windows 10 with MS Office 2016 and a variety of specialist software including the full Adobe suite installed. The department has several 3D printers which are used as part of the taught curriculum.
The nature of the subject means that pupils can move at their own pace, with the most able encouraged to experiment with app design and coding.
A weekly Robotics and Coding club runs as part of our extensive co-curricular programme to enable girls with a particular interest to develop their understanding even further. We also run a variety of trips to enhance pupil learning and experience. These have included visits to Bletchley Park, the home of Second World War's codebreakers and to Cisco Systems to learn more about a career with an IT giant.
Our innovative ICT and Computing department also continues to make great advances in the use of ICT in supporting teaching and learning, administration and communications across our whole school community.