The use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of IT an essential skill for life. The teaching and learning of IT at Camborne Science and International Academy is about developing IT capability. Capability encompasses not only mastering technical skills and techniques, but also acquiring an understanding. This enables students to apply these skills in a purposeful, safe and responsible way throughout their learning, everyday life and then on to employment.
At CSIA IT is core in Key Stage 3 (year 7 and 8). During this time students will study 6 units of work which concentrate on both basic computer programming and the creative side of IT.
In Key Stage 4, students have the opportunity to focus on an area that reflects their interests. Students can choose the technical route through OCR GCSE Computing, the creative path through the industry-focused OCR Creative iMedia or for a qualification that covers both aspects, Edexcel GCSE ICT.
We now offer Computing options at both GCSE and AS/A Level. These courses are both aimed at giving students a greater understanding of how technology works.
Students will be empowered with the skills to build programs that solve technological problems. This is a highly desirable skillset in modern industry.
These courses also develop cross curricular skills. Students learn to think in a logical way, building structured solutions to a given problem.
We are currently using the Raspberry Pi as a tool to engage students studying Computer Science. This year we hope to work on a number of projects that challenge students to bring technologies together, this will be invaluable in teaching the possibilities gives them. For example, one group of students are using a Raspberry Pi connected to a weather sensor that will gather data and send updates via Twitter.
IT and Computing continue to be a popular option in the sixth form. Students can diversify or continue along their chosen routes within the subject by choosing AS and A2 Computing and also the continued option of OCR Cambridge Technical IT Level 3 as well as Creative iMedia Level 3.
The ICT lessons take place in 7 purpose built ICT suites, which each house 29 computers, interactive white boards, printers and specialist computer software.
Mr T Smith - Director of Learning for Computing, Business & Economics
Mr A Gray - Deputy Head of Computing, Business & Economics
Mr P Carpenter - Assistant Principal
Miss C Palmer - Teacher of Computing