Your Child’s Journey in New Technology
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In Year 7 and Year 8 students will study between 1 to 2 hours of New Technology every week. These lessons cover a wide range of subjects and skills over 4 main strands : Digital Design, Broadcast Technologies, Computer Science and Games Design. Students will still study a range of basic ICT skills such as using email, word processing for example however New Technology lessons are primarily to challenge and improve their knowledge of computing, graphic design and media to enhance their creative skills in these areas.
Students will learn how to use key software such as Photoshop, Indesign, IMovie, Premiere Pro, Blender, Python, Kodu and Scratch. The lessons are project-based where each half term module leads to a creative product such as a computer game design, a short advert or film, an animation, magazine covers or a robotics project. Homework is based on these products with students being set one large task over 6 weeks which they will need to work on incrementally each week.
This is a largely coursework based course comprising 8 units, one of which is an externally assessed exam.
Several trips are planned so that pupils can experience first hand New Technologies in action, some of the regular trips are listed below:
- British Aerospace
- Warburton Bakery (HQ)
- Harry Potter World
- Jaguar car assembly plant
Learn to build your own computer during Geek Week, every term.
Join the “Girls do Computing Club” every week.
Mr T. Moore
Teacher of Computer Science and Data Manager | BSc Computer Science
When I got my hands on my first computer (a ZX Spectrum!) I was hooked and within weeks I was writing my own games and striving to understand how every part of it worked. That passion for computers and technology has never left me, prior to moving into teacheing I worked within the computing industry as a Network Manager. As well as teaching Computing I have run extracurricular activities in Robotics and Electronics. I believe that as technology is becoming more and more integrated into our lives our students should have the knowledge and skills to take control of that technology rather than being passive users of it.
Mrs A. Hardy
Assistant Subject Leader New Technologies | Subject Lead Media
I was always told I would be a teacher but since my mum was a teacher, I wanted to rebel and I rejected this idea until I was a bit older. When I left Leeds University with my English and Media degree, I was determined to work in the Media so I wrote to every radio station in the area and eventually landed a job doing the competitions at WISH FM in Wigan. I then decided to go into Marketing and did a stint at two theatres in St Helens and Lancaster before I managed to achieve my dream job of working at ITV. I used to organize the competitions and votes for all the regional programmes across ITV working out of the old ITV Granada building. Eventually I realized that working in TV, although exciting, just wasn’t going to be fulfilling enough for me. My best friend was an English teacher and she very kindly let me visit her school to see what it was like and I loved it. I decided to study for a GTP programme and had a fantastic mentor teaching English and Media at Standish High School in Wigan. I then moved on to be Head of Media at Ribblesdale School in Clitheroe and then became Assistant Head of New Technologies at Accrington. The favourite part of my job is seeing the students grow in confidence throughout the years and sharing my passion for film and television with the students. Outside of school I have two little girls who keep me busy and I’m involved with my local am dram group acting, singing and dancing.
Mr A. Khan
New Technologies Subject Leader
ICT and Computer Science make the world go round! Being an expert user of technology is a crucial aspect of every successful professional. Computer Science fascinates me because it has become part of everything we do, from using mobile phones to sending a rocket to Mars. Without computer science, life would be dull! Computer Science lessons are always challenging, exciting and really make you test your problem solving skills. Teaching this subject is a real pleasure, it’s incredible what can be achieved by year 7 students, be it designing a game, or programming a robot!
Mr P. Brown
Teacher of Computer Science, ICT Lead Year 7
If you asked my 10 year old self what I wanted to be when I was older I would have said a train driver! Nobody would have predicted I would be a teacher. I found that school got in the way of my play time with friends. The advice of one teacher had an impact. I tried and when it resulted in rewards, I was hooked! It became a competition to work my way up to the higher sets. It was only at college that I started to be interested in computers and University seemed to be the obvious next step. After working in web design and completing my MSc, I decided that I wanted a career where I could pass on my passion of computing and new technology. At Accrington Academy I see many young people who remind me of my younger self. I may not be a train driver but I am taking students on a journey through school and helping them reach success.
- GCSE Computer Science 80% Examination 80%
- GCSE Computer Science 20% Coursework 20%
- GCSE ICT 40% Examination 40%
- GCSE ICT 60% Coursework 60%