The effective use of ICT plays a central role in all subject areas. The ICT Department aims to encourage pupils to become both independent leaners and creative thinkers. The work is designed to challenge the students to create ICT solutions to key tasks and problems in the real world.
In this ever changing digital world our ultimate objective is to move pupils from being consumers of information, to becoming producers of products and solutions.
We have three dedicated, networked ICT suites with printer access in each.
When pupils arrive to St Louis, we concentrate on familiarising them with the C2k network and their individual user areas. We specialise in the discussion of e-safety at this stage which we feel is of paramount importance across all key stages.
Key Stage 3:
All Key Stage 3 pupils have one lesson per week. We offer a broad range of software packages and skill based lessons in an effort to bring all students up to a common level. We endeavour to teach each pupil a wide skill base which they can transfer into other subject areas.
Pupils carry out units of work in the following areas:
Year 8 - Photoshop, Word, Excel, Cyber Safety, Kodu.
Year 9 - Powerpoint/Multimedia, Movie Maker, Code.org
Year 10 - Gamemaker, Dreamweaver, Python
Key Stage 4
Pupils who choose to follow the GCSE path in the ICT subject area, have two choices.
The Digital Technology specification aims to encourage students to:
The Computer Science specification aims to encourage students to:
Key Stage 5
Pupils who choose to follow the Post-16 route in the ICT subject area, have three choices.
GCE CCEA A Level Digital Technology
This course is designed for students interested in current and emerging technologies, the impact they have and how to use them effectively.
New technologies, networks and services are transforming the way we communicate with each other, how we work and the way we learn.
GCE Digital Technology gives students opportunities to develop advanced skills in a range of development environments and apply these to relevant work-related scenarios.
Students will also acquire other skills valued in further and higher education, as well as in the workplace; these include research, investigation, analysis, communication skills, problem solving and working with others.
WJEC A level Computer Science
This A Level in Computer Science encourages learners to develop:
Pearson BTEC National Extended Certificate in IT
This course comprises of the following units of work:
Year 8 ICT Club
During ICT Club, Year 8 pupils are given the opportunity to further expand their skill set taken from Key Stage 2, discrete ICT lessons in St Louis and their own knowledge base. They will also be introduced to new software such as Moviemaker, Photoshop, Game Maker and more.
Our Sixth Form Digital Leaders will play a part in the ICT Club. These pupils have been chosen to act as Digital Leaders for the school due to their expertise in the ICT and Computing fields and will relish the opportunity to help younger pupils.
We look forward to seeing all the new and eager faces this year!
Code Club is an after school Club which allows students to explore and learn all about coding and all kinds of technology.
We meet after school on Monday and we begin with looking at different uses for Micro Bits as well as how to use block coding to programme sprites.
Each week we programme micro bits to do different jobs, games or activities which help us to learn how to use block code to create a work able algorithm.
Your imagination is the limit!
Together we will develop skills in coding including App development and will aim to be entering competitions such as BT Young Scientist and SciFest.
This year it will be open to everyone and we look forward to seeing you on Monday afternoon in the Technology building.
Miss J Scullion (Head of ICT)
Mrs J McClintock (Head of Computer Science)
Miss B Canavan
Mrs K Toner
Mr C Lynch
Mr P Heffron
Mr C Graffin