Computing Science

“Shall the axe boast over him who hews with it, or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it? As if a rod should wield him who lifts it, or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!”                                                                                                                                                        Isiah 10:15

“The computer was born to solve problems that did not exist before.”                                                                                                          Bill Gates

Powerful knowledge

Students will develop a range of ICT and computer science skills to prepare them for future employment, training and education.

Develop knowledge of how ICT and computer science has shaped the world

How to harness ICT to improve personal effectiveness

To understand the difference between information technology, digital literacy and computer science

Know how to program a computer using a high-level program

Know how to use a range of applications software

Know how to solve problems using information technology

Develop digital literacy

Curriculum intent:

KS3

Students will be given the opportunity to learn how to use information technology in a variety of contexts as outlined in the assessment grid A key emphasis of the curriculum is to encourage independent learning and problem solving skills. This is augmented by independent study set throughout. The curriculum also has a clear emphasis on real world applications and encourages students to consider careers. E-safety is hardwired into all topics.

During Year 9 students will ‘major’ in either computer science or information technology depending on their personal requirements. This provides an opportunity for students to experience the two options available.

KS4

Due to the ever-changing nature of technology we review the course offering on an annual basis. The current offer is as follows.

Information Technology and Digital Literacy.

Students can opt to take OCR Cambridge National Creative iMedia which supports and challenges learners who wish to follow a more practical, coursework and applied course. This prepares students for future study in IT, multi-media and digital art.

Computer Science

Students can opt to take OCR GCSE Computer Science which supports and challenges learners who wish to develop their computer programming skills together with theoretical understanding of hardware. Students are encouraged to think like computer scientists.

KS5

In 2019 computer science was offered as an EPQ programming project

 

Curriculum enrichment

Students are offered the opportunity to attend lunchtime clubs and after school programming workshops.

 

Cross curricular integration

Computer science students are encouraged to develop their skills in mathematics. Information technology and digital literacy students are encouraged to develop their creativity. Literacy skills are developed in the writing of content for digital artefacts.

 

Transition learning opportunities

All courses are designed to feed into pathways specified above.