Departmet of Computer Science
The effective use of ICT is a key skill in today’s world. Students at St George’s receive a broad based education in the use of desktop applications, including MS Office, as effective tools to support their work across all subject areas. The school has several dedicated IT rooms and portable classroom laptop sets spread across the whole campus.
The curriculum is progressive from year to year and develops a student’s competence in the use of ICT. The school also uses Office 365 and the use of this cloud based tool is incorporated within our curriculum at all levels. The use of the internet as a resource is well used within the school so Internet safety and digital citizenship are incorporated into lessons.
The ICT curriculum starts in the Junior School. Primary 4 and 5 receive the support of specialist IT/Computing teachers within their IT lesson times. The curriculum looks at an introduction to common applications such as Word, PowerPoint and SCRATCH to introduce the basic elements of programing using simple problem solving challenges. Skype and secure online environments are also used to communicate with students in our partner schools across the world.
Students develop their confidence in the use of applications, including Microsoft Office and the features of Office 365. Students develop their skills as users and creators of ICT, working with imagery and audio to create effective presentations. Programing skills are taught using the SCRATCH application. This allows our students to develop their understanding of the programming concepts rather than the specifics of a certain language. To develop an understanding and awareness of the validity of content on the internet we teach digital and information literacy. Internet safety is covered within Personal & Social Education (PSE) and ICT lessons throughout the year.
In Upper 4 students follow a general course which covers aspects of Computer Science and Business education. This covers the use of applications and programing skills. There is no GCSE course in this subject, but students are able to select the SQA Higher in Computer Science in the sixth form.
Higher Computing Science introduces students to advanced computational processes and thinking. They will learn to apply a rigorous approach to the design and development process across a range of contexts. A focus will be placed on the importance computing professionals play in meeting the needs of society today and for the future.
BSc (Hons) Information Systems
All our teachers are registered with the GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland) and they all hold a post graduate teaching qualification (usually PGCE or PGDE) if their degree is not in education.