“Allah, none deserves to be worshipped except Him; The Ever-Living, Ever-Sustaining. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. To him belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth. Who is there that can intercede with Him, except by His permission? He knows what is before them and what will be after them and they do not encompass anything of His knowledge, except what He wills. His Footstool extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, The Most Gracious.”
Ayat Al-Kursi | Surah Baqarah [2:255]
Taught By: Mrs Kalthoum Khalladi TTC (Quran), Madina; BSc (Hons), MA Education; PGCE; QTS, London
and Mr Anubhav Gautam BSc(Hons) Computer Science, PGCE;QTS, London
Being acquainted in Computer Science is vital for students in order to participate in a promptly changing world driven by the fast growing information and communication revolution together with the tremendous capabilities of new technologies. Thus our school is determined to provide appropriate, fully integrated, functional and supported resources in order to offer the highest level of education to all students together with the efficient support to teachers and staff members to enhance their performances in this subject.
In September 2014, we replaced ICT by Computer Science (CS) at KS 3 and KS 4, following the national curriculum.
Computing is concerned with the teaching of computational thinking, how computers and computer systems are designed
and programmed, how they work and how to make best use of them in all aspectes of life. Our new approacjh is to amalgemate Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology.
Curriculum Summary: The Computing Science Department continues to undergo huge development. Computer Science is taught in a dedicated specialist room and has dedicated two lessons per week in a discrete form. The equipment is up to date and students have facilities to work creatively with a range of hardware and software programs including those to produce video, sound, animations, still images, games and to control events. Our philosophy is based on developing confident and independent users who will continue to use the capability gained at Islamia Girls School throughout their lives, regrdless their career paths.
At KS3 we cover the following:
We use modified National Strategy materials to teach the National Curriculum Programme of Study.
The course is taught practically through projects that include:
Personal multimedia presentation with text, images and sound;
Constructing and using a database to analyse information and draw conclusions;
Building a mathematical spreadsheet to process and model data for making predictions;
Researching the worldwide web, editing and reporting findings;
Using computers to control events;
Manipulating images to make an original CD case cover;
This is a continuation of the Key Stage 3 Scheme of Work. Units cover:
Building a web site;
Printing a school newspaper;
Constructing and using a financial spreadsheet model;
Writing formal and informal documents;
Developing a Global warming campaign;
This is a bridging year when students review and are thoroughly tested on their CS capabilities and skills.
Students then begin their KS4 studies early by starting the GCSE in CS, especially programming.
By the end of this year students will have successfully completed a written examination based upon the theory they have learnt as well as completed many practical pieces similar to GCSE coursework.
Although Islamia girls School offers a safe online environment through filtered internet access we recognise the importance of teaching our students about online safety and their responsibilities when using communication technology, as well as setting out regulations that all users should comply to. This topic is also covered as part of our PSHE provision in key stage 3 during Tutorials and through CS lessons.
During year 10 and yeaR 11 we offer Edexcel Computing Science GCSE programme during which students carry on developing their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology. Students also develop and apply their analytic, problemsolving, design, and computational thinking skills as well as understand how changes in technology affect
safety, including new ways to protect their online privacy and identity, and how to identify and report a range of concerns.
The aims of the Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Computer Science are to enable learners to:
At KS 3 continuous assessment through End of Units’ tests, written internal exams and practical projects are the main source of assessment data collection.
At KS 4, uderstanding and applying the principles of logic, decomposition, algorithms, data representation and
communication are assessed through :
1- The intellectually challenging written examination paper, ‘Principles of Computer Science’,
with a weighting of 75% that requires a high level of computational thinking;
2- A controlled assessment, that tests Practical programming skills and has a weighting
The following website has all the recommended resources and all necessary information for the course:
Homework at KS3 is regularly built into the project assignments and these are not normally computer based. At KS4, portfolio building and practical homework tasks are essential to achieving the qualification and computer access, either at home or after school is essential. All students are expected to have a USB memory stick which they are expected to bring to school everyday.
Annual trip for year 8s to Lego Land to attend different workshops about robotics and the use of IT in real scenarios.