DSC_8070Hello, welcome to the Year 8 ICT page.

In St Paul’s the continuing development of each child’s ICT skills is of central importance.   ICT is delivered as a discrete subject in Year 8 to allow pupil’s to become used to our network, and to allow for baselining of skills following transfer from primary schools.

ICT is embedded across our entire curriculum, and pupils will have opportunities in all of their other subjects to develop their use of ICT.

Year 8 pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of e-safety, including acceptable online behaviour.  Students will learn about health and safety when using computers and good practice in file management.

A variety of software packages are used to introduce new skills and further develop existing skills which pupils have already acquired in primary school.  Throughout Key Stage 3 these skills will help in the completion of a number of ICT tasks delivered by various subject areas in St Paul’s.

At the end of Year 10 pupils will be awarded competence in ‘Using ICT’ at a level which reflects their ability.  They will be given the opportunity to experience the requirements of Explore, Express, Exchange, Evaluate and Exhibit across the curriculum.

Pupils will be encouraged to develop their skills in the use of various software packages such as:

  • Microsoft Office package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)
  • Internet Explorer
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Comic Life
  • GarageBand and Audacity
  • Keynote
  • Solidworks
  • Google Apps for Education
  • … and many other software packages.


Using ICT for Homework and Further Study

Students will regularly be encouraged to complete revision and homework online using the school’s learning platform, Oscail 24/7 and also using other online learning tools like Yacapaca, and Edmodo.  Your child’s teacher will explain in detail how students can access learning material.  We will always make provision for students who may not have access to ICT equipment at home.


ICT Equipment

St Paul’s High School is a Centre of Excellence for ICT, and students are encouraged to make creative use of ICT where possible in their learning.  We hope your child will find these experiences worthwhile and useful and they will make learning fun and enjoyable.

We have excellent ICT provision in St Paul’s, and students are welcome to use computers in the School Library and in the ICT suite before and after school.  Your child may find it beneficial to have home access to a computer, digital camera and microphone, which will allow nearly all ICT tasks to be completed.  We’re happy to provide advice on particular computer hardware and software that you may be interested in.