- Technology, Art
At BSJ we are fortunate to have one of the most modern school design and technology facilities in South East Asia with a computer suite, electronics and resistant materials workshops (comprising the full range of computer aided design and manufacture hardware), food, and textiles rooms. Our students have access to some of the most recent educational software to help them research, design and develop high quality products.
Throughout their secondary education, students develop the thinking skills of evaluation and analysis through problem-solving, research, design and making. These are assessed using English National Curriculum levels at the conclusion of each Key Stage 3 project, GCSE grades at the end of Key Stage 4 and IB Levels at the end of the IB Diploma.
Year 7 and Year 8 Design
At BSj our students carry out four design projects each year to give them a broad experience across the technology subjects. In Year 7 students carry out design and make activities in resistant materials, electronics, food technology and textiles technology. In Year 8 students carry out design and participate in activities in graphic products, resistant materials, food technology and textiles technology.
Year 7 and Year 8 students are divided into 7 groups. We have Year 7 and Year 8 Mackintosh, Year 7 and Year 8 Brunel, Year 7 and Year 8 Le-Corbusier, Year 7 and Year 8 Eames, Year 7 and Year 8 Dyson, Year 7 and Year 8 Stark and Year 7 and Year 8 Westwood.
At key points in the year all classes will be working on common projects or tasks, such as drawing skills, design thinking tasks, creative thinking tasks, classic design projects and design cycle tasks. These are interspersed with rapid tasks, to encourage the students to think quickly and react to a range of problems. Short, subject specific making projects are taught through a carousel, which includes electronics, textiles, aerodynamics, CAD/CAM, structures and mechanisms, resistant materials and graphics.
Each design group is monitored throughout the year by one DT teacher, but will go to subject specific teachers for the carousel activities only.
Year 7 and Year 8 Food & Nutrition
As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.
Year 7 and Year 8 students are taught in tutor groups and have a double lesson every two weeks throughout the year. This allows for progression in knowledge and skills. They are taught in double lessons to allow for both theory and practical aspects of the course.
Students can opt for a GCSE course in Resistant Materials, Food Technology, Textiles Technology or Graphic Products. They then use specialist working environments and equipment to develop their own designs and gain experience in industrial practices. At the conclusion of the GCSE students are assessed through an internally controlled assessment and with an externally assessed examination.
Once our students reach the IB Diploma level their only limitation is their imagination! Students have access to all of our facilities and they have the opportunity to respond to a wide range of realistic design briefs in the medium of their choice. They work independently to refine their design development and manufacturing skills and create innovative new products.
The Visual Arts Programme at The British School Jakarta provides our students with the opportunity to develop their creativity and imagination through active investigation, experimentation and participation leading to individual growth and development.
Art is about making choices and we deliver a curriculum that provides students with the knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions about their work. Students are encouraged to become proactive, independent learners within a structured, caring and supportive environment.
Students appreciate the importance of art when they can respond to it on a personal level, when it has meaning for them as an individual, when they have the confidence to produce work of significant quality and are not afraid to be experimental and daring. Through emphasising the historical, cultural and social contexts of art and fostering internationalism and inter-culturalism, we meet the diverse needs of all our students. Working as artists, students learn to understand the world from a visual perspective. We aim to nurture independent, creative and inquiring minds and to give students a greater awareness of the world around them and their role within it.
In the Art classroom, students are expected to access, explore and utilise a wide range of subject matter, symbols and meaningful images in order to share ideas and emotions; develop and articulate informed opinions, and reflect ideas in two dimensional, three dimensional and digital forms.
Our students make significant progress due to the broad range of learning and teaching styles offered. Assessment for learning plays an important role. Students are encouraged to self and peer assess as they plan and create their work, setting achievable targets for the further development of their skills and understanding.
Art at BSJ offers opportunities to think and see in new ways and to work both independently and cooperatively.
Computing at BSJ prepares students to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology.
Computing for KS3
Students will cover topics such as Presenting Information, Control Systems, Publishing for the Web Spreadsheets used for Modelling and Simulation, Multimedia, Animation, Databases, Desk Top Publishing, Scratch, Game Making and much more.
Computing is taught in a fun and exciting way that allows students to be creative and topical as well as informed about ICT and computer programming in our society. Increased capability in the use of ICT and programming skills promotes initiative and independent learning, with students being able to make informed judgments about when and where to use ICT to best effect, and to consider their implications for home and work both now and in the future. These skills are not taught in isolation but in the context of other subjects.
The ICT IGCSE course is a 100% exam based qualification which builds upon the skills learnt during Key Stage 3. New topics are introduced, such as Networking, Justifying choices of material used, Types of Computers and Hardware, Software and Storage Devices.
IGCSE qualifications provide students with an exceptional standard of education which is both modern and relevant.
GCSE Computer Science
This is a new course, which started in August 2014.
There is more to Computer Science than simply programming. Computer Science is the study of how computer systems work how they are constructed and programmed. This course consists of a body of knowledge, a set of techniques and methods for solving problems, as well as practical programming skills.
Therefore a course in Computer Science includes a both theory teaching, as well as practical problem solving and programming.
The important elements of computer science are: principles of logic, decomposition, algorithms, data representation, and communication. The written paper, ‘Principles of Computer Science’, is a rigorous, intellectually challenging examination with a weighting of 75% that requires a high level of computational thinking.
Practical programming skills are assessed in the controlled assessment, which has a weighting of 25%.
IB Computer science
IB Computer Science is a challenging course for those who wish to learn how to create software and use computers to solve real-world problems. All students create at least one software product which demonstrates complexity and might be an online system, a complex computer game, a mobile app, or a desktop system. Programming is taught in the “Java” language but students may also learn other languages depending on what they choose to do as their project.
As well as software development, students will study many interesting theory areas for example how computer security works, how computers “think”, how complex algorithms have changed our word, number representation, boolean logic, computational thinking. Students have the option to choose between several areas of specialism to reflect their interests, and the questions they choose to answer in one of their exams will be based on this choice.
Assessment is by means of a project and 2 exams but Higher Level students have an additional paper based on a case study with is covered in class.