Computing, Media & Business Studies
Here at The Market Bosworth School we provide excellent opportunities for students to access ICT and utilise a range of up to date software. Our equipment is available in 6 of our classrooms and these are used not only for Computing lessons but by other subject areas too. Each student has 3 lessons per fortnight. The Computing department have developed a curriculum that best meets the ever growing needs of students and their acquired skills and prepare them for future courses and the working world.
Computing in Year 7 is exciting, challenging and certainly builds upon some of the knowledge students have already learnt. The aim of this subject is to enable all students to be better users of IT and to understand computing concepts. The 3 strands that will be covered are: IT, Programming and Digital Literacy.
Students will be challenged to think both logically and creatively to develop a high level of understanding of the subject by the end of Key Stage 3.
During the year students will get the opportunity to use a variety of software packages to create different projects. They will use some of the programmes in the Microsoft Suite as well as being introduced to different programming languages.
Throughout Year 8 students will be given the opportunity to use web editing software, 3D design software and microphones to record their own radio advert and to begin developing their creative side and experience commercial and media based technology. We also build on their computing understanding by understanding networks and developing text based programming languages.
Within the Computing department we encourage and develop other important skills such as communication and working collaboratively to design solutions, solve problems and present ideas. This is demonstrated in the apprentice project students take part in in Year 9. Students work together in teams to design a product, create a brand based on the educational app market. Students will also further develop their understanding of computing concepts to ensure they are prepared to make informed decisions when choosing their GCSE option subjects.
Key Stage 4
During Key Stage 3 we expect our students to become increasingly independent learners and become less reliant on the teacher telling them what to do. User guides, help sheets and video tutorials are often provided so students are able to access information and gain the skills they require to complete the job. This encourages students to work at their own pace and demonstrate their own ability and potential. We feel this is an essential quality to have by Key Stage 4.
KS4 Computer Science
Computers are widely used in all aspects of business, industry, government, education, leisure and the home. In this technological age, a study of computer science and, particularly how computers are used in the solution of a variety of problems, is essential to learners. Computer science integrates well with subjects across the curriculum. It demands both logical discipline and imaginative creativity in the selection and design of algorithms and the writing, testing and debugging of programs; it relies on an understanding of the rules of language at a fundamental level; it encourages an awareness of the management and organisation of computer systems; it extends learners' horizons beyond the school or college environment in the appreciation of the effects of computer science on society and individuals. This exciting course will offer students an understanding of the way computers work, and give you the opportunity to create and review computer programs for real purposes. Over the course you will look at how computers work, solve problems using computers and develop solutions to computer problems - this will involve the use of programming software and language.
KS4 Business Studies
GCSE Business Studies is an interesting and relevant course, which uses an investigative approach to problem solving and skill development. This course begins by investigating business set up and moves on to look at wider issues of the global market and government influences. Preparing students for the world of business, the GCSE course will allow them to develop an understanding of key business concepts such as: different types of organisation; people in business; marketing and enterprise; finance and accounts; production; international trade and the external business environment.
KS4 Media Studies
Media studies is an exciting and engaging course that encourages students to be inspired, moved and challenged. Giving students an insight into a broad range of media texts, it prepares students to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.
Students taking the course will:
- Develop enquiry, critical thinking and decision-making skills through the study of media texts, audiences and institutions.
- Develop their appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in their daily lives.
- Develop their practical skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity.
- Understand how to use media key concepts to analyse media texts and their contexts.