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A lovely way to end my teaching career

A lovely way to end my teaching career

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Our year 9 pupils have had quite a busy year in ICT.  They have completed a Level 2 Award in IT Skills (equivalent to the BCS ECDL Extra qualification) which gives them a variety of IT skills they would need in many jobs such as word processing, presentations and spreadsheets.  There have been some fantastic results with many pupils gaining over 90% on all three of the tests.  In addition to this course, they have […]

Software skills and experiences

Software skills and experiences

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In our Year 7 this year, they all have a very different set of software skills and experiences. There are some pupils who were at Fyling Hall Junior School and some pupils who attended different primary schools in the Whitby and Scarborough areas. Consequently, so we use their first term in the senior school to consolidate and learn some of the basics that they are going to need in other subjects. They have created informational […]

The world of technology

The world of technology

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The world of technology and what is possible online moves so quickly that it can be difficult to keep up. The enormity of games, social media and streaming services targeted at young people makes it very difficult to monitor how, and who, children are interacting with online. During our Learning for Life lessons this half of term the pupils are learning about the potential dangers, how to stay safe, and the importance of their digital […]

working on iDEA (“Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award”)

Working on iDEA (“Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award”)

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Year 9 have been working on iDEA (“Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award”) in one of their two ICT lessons this term – it is an employer led Award which is the internationally recognised, digital equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh award. It has bronze and silver awards and pupils complete badges in a wide variety of digital, enterprise and employability topics.  Just a few examples of badges are: fake news, cyber security, Python programming, web designer, […]

Keeping their personal data safe

Keeping their personal data safe

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School pupils are regularly taught about how to stay safe online when using the Internet in dedicated tutor and assembly sessions but this usually refers to keeping themselves safe. Recently year 8 have been learning about keeping their personal data safe, how they can protect their data from being stolen, how to avoid identity theft and how to protect their accounts from being hacked.  They have learnt about encryption, know how to identify secure websites […]