Computing

Computing & ICT

The computing department has 2 main computer suites, one with 13 computers and one with 10, plus, printers and scanners.  Students also have access to i-pads and cameras.

Students have their own area on the network where they can save their work during their time at Westhaven.

Lower School

Students are taught in mixed ability groups with one forty minute lesson per week.  They follow a curriculum which takes into account both ICT and Computing elements.  They do some programming, using Scratch, Lightbot and Hopscotch. The scheme of learning also covers creative areas such as animation and graphic creation, as well as standard software including PowerPoint.

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Year 7 & 8

Students are taught in mixed ability groups with two forty minute lessons per week.  They follow a curriculum which takes into account both ICT and Computing elements.  They do some programming, using Scratch, Lightbot and Hopscotch. Students also learn about how a computer works and the components that are necessary. The scheme of learning also covers creative areas such as animation and graphic creation, as well as standard software including PowerPoint and Excel.  Students also have the opportunity to programme a ‘Raspberry Pi’.

Year 9

Students are taught in mixed ability groups with three forty minute lessons per week.  They follow a curriculum which takes into account both ICT and Computing elements.  They do some programming, using Scratch, Lightbot and Hopscotch. Students also learn about how a computer works and the components that are necessary. The scheme of learning also covers creative areas such as animation and graphic creation, as well as standard software including PowerPoint, Excel and Access. Students also have the opportunity to programme a ‘Raspberry Pi’.

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Year 10 and 11

Currently our Year 10’s (Three forty minute lessons a week) and 11’s (Two forty minute lessons a week) all study ICT, they are working towards AQA Functional Skills Information and Communication Technology, or WJEC Entry Level 1 to 3.

Online-Safety At Westhaven School

At Westhaven School we take Online-Safety very seriously, we strive to teach pupils and staff to understand and use technologies sensibly and to develop safe online behavours (both in and out of school).

Online-Safety refers to child protection and safeguarding in both children and adults in the digital world. It is about learning to understand and use technologies in a safe, positive way, also about supporting children and adults to develop safe online behaviours (both in and out of school).

The internet provides an important resource across the curriculum, it is used in this school to raise educational standards, promote pupil achievement and as a necessary tool for staff to support their professional work. The internet also enhances the schools management information and business administration systems. However, in common with other media such as magazines, books and videos, some material available via the internet is unsuitable for pupils. So this school has provided students with safe, quality internet access as part of their learning experience, protected by filtering by South West Grid for Learning.

Westhaven’s Online Safety Policy

Here are some useful links for accessing helpful information about Online Safety, information and guidance:

NSPCC Online Safety: An engaging, easy-to-understand, informative and easy to navigate site – we recommend it!

Kidsmart: This is a Childnet International website for children, parents and teachers which covers many aspects of online safety.  It’s a great site to use, it’s very easy to navigate and it includes the S.M.A.R.T. rules, videos presented by children and tasks to try at home.  Recommended!

Thinkuknow: The main UK Government website with advice for parents on how to keep children safe online.  Through this site you can register for monthly email updates that will provide you with information on new and emerging technologies.

Know IT All for Parents: This site has been designed to help families get the most out of using the internet and mobile phone.  It contains advice for parents about keeping children safe.  It has been designed to be easy to use and includes videos to make it more interesting as well as short tutorials for those parents who are new to computers.  You can also create a family agreement that you agree together with your children on how the internet will be used in your home.

South West Grid for Learning – Safe: A wealth of useful information and resources for parents including e-safety movies, some of which we’ve been showing on the screen in the school reception area.

Get Safe Online: The UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.  Aimed at keeping adults safe online but contains an excellent section on safeguarding children.