Hillside High School

Excellence in the Heart of the Community

Wade Deacon Trust

    Computer Science & ICT
    Mrs A Rimmer
    Subject Leader
    Email: computing@hillsidehigh.co.uk
    Departmental Twitter Feed: @hhs4computing


    It is the overall objective of the Computer Science department to develop, maintain and stimulate pupils' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in computing.

    The aims of the Computer Science department are:

    • To ensure that pupils receive a broad, relevant and balanced curriculum.
    • To develop a programme of study which promotes progression from Year 7 to Year 11.
    • Encourage pupils to understand and apply the fundemental principles and concepts of computer science including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
    • Encourage pupils to analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
    • Develop pupils evaluation skills to apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
    • Encourage pupils to be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

    Key Stage 3

    At Hillside, pupils receive one hour of teaching per week.

    Our exciting curriculum builds on computing elements of the previous ICT curriculum and is designed to encourage pupils to extend their learning independently, hone their problem-solving skills and promote confidence when using ICT hardware and software.

    Year 7

    Year 8

    • Computer Basics -  What is inside the computer ?
    • Inputs and Outputs
    • Sensors
    • Computational Thinking
    • Algorithms
    • Scratch Programming
    • Data Representation Binary and binary addition
    • E-Safety
    • HTML
    • Webs Design
    • Micro bit Programming
    • Hardware
    • Storage
    • Little Man Computer
    • Flowcharts
    • Pseudocode
    • Computational Thinking
    • Python Programming
    • Data representation - Binary and Hexadecimal /  Sound / Images
    • E-Safety App Design
    • Kodu Games Design

    Key Stage 4 (Year 9, 10 &11)

    In year 8, pupils may choose to pursue one of two ICT qualifications, Computing GCSE or ICT Vocational.  Some students will also have the opportunity to study the ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence)

    The Computer Science GCSE (OCR) is a challenging course in which pupils will build on their Computer Science knowledge and theory and also develop programming skills in a range of different languages. 

    The ICT Vocational course is a bespoke ICT skills qualification to prepare students for the demands of the Year 10 and 11 vocational ICT qualifications (This dependant on 2019 accepted qualifications to be released Dec 2016)

    Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities

    ICT suites are open before school and after school for pupils to drop in to complete Independent Learning from Computer Science and other subjects. Some ICT suites are also open during lunch times for the same purpose.

    On a Monday and Wednesday   we offer specific Key Stage 4 qualification related drop in sessions where pupils can come along to catch up or improve coursework or receive further support guidance about topics they are studying in lessons.

    During the academic year we also offer targeted support to pupils such as higher grade grade masterclass sessions and target grade borderline sessions for Key Stage 4 pupils.

    Additional Information

    We have three fully equipped, dedicated ICT Suites, offering our pupils access to contemporary computer technology in an office-like environment. We also have two further “bookable” ICT suites which are used for cross curricular ICT.

    Substantial and ongoing investment in software means that our pupils have the opportunity to use many of the most up-to-date industry-standard software, including: Microsoft Office, Macromedia MX Suite, Adobe Photoshop CS3, Pinnacle Studio and the Serif suite of applications.

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