Maths & Computing
Our GCSE maths results in both 2017 and 2018 were in the top 5% nationally.
The 5-year Secondary Mastery Model links topics together in the same term to promote learning the inter-connections in mathematics. It builds every year, assuming knowledge from the previous years. This allows our students more time to master every topic as opposed to re-teaching them year on year. Key topics learned in year 7 will appear within other topics over the years, such as fractions, decimals and percentages, so the skills do not diminish.
At the end of each lesson an exit ticket system is used which allows the teachers to assess the students on an individual basis and plan accordingly for the next lesson; thus maximising learning potential. The students are assessed termly, and a personalised skills matrix is updated. This shows where students’ strengths lie and where their areas for development are.
Computers play an ever increasing part of modern life. At PACA, we aim to give our students the confidence and understanding to try their hand at any software they might encounter at work or home, while ensuring they understand how to be responsible and safe users of technology.
At Key Stage Three, all students study Computing (including Information Communication Technology). Computing is more about using computers to solve problems. Students will learn about logic, spreadsheets and of course programming. ICT is more about using computers creatively. Students will learn about games design, graphics and sound editing, website production and E-safety.
At Key Stage Four, students can choose the OCR GCSE in Computer Science. This course offers a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and an insight into what goes on behind the scenes. Students will develop:
- their understanding of current and emerging technologies and how they work
- their use of algorithms in computer programs
- computer programs (we use the Python language) to solve problems