“In fifteen years, we’ll be teaching programming just like reading and writing … and wondering why we didn’t do it sooner.” Mark Zuckerberg
Computers are now part of everyday life and, for most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to achieve this allowing them to compete with any other child in the country.
In Computing, we are dedicated to ensuring our students leave with the skills to fully embrace a future of rapidly advancing computer technology by ensuring that all pupils:
- Have the ability to solve problems and face real world challenges independently, confidently and creatively
- Can become fluent in the fundamentals of Computing that are essential to everyday life, other subjects and careers
- Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- Can design, develop and create new technologies to be used in the world in which they live
Year 8 & 9
We provide a broad range of skills and experiences at KS3 which are then further developed as students enter KS4. The focus will be on understanding and applying the fundamental principles of Computer Science to solve any problem they are presented with, topics include–
- Computational thinking
- AI & machine learning
- Understanding computers
- Cyber security
(GCSE) Computer Science and (Cambridge Nationals) iMedia
At KS4 all students are given the opportunity to study either Computer science, Creative iMedia or Vocational studies. iMedia and Vocational studies teaches them a wide range of IT skills that are used in the modern world including Graphics Design, Media Production and Web Development. For Computer Science, they will understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation. They will also analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs.
(A-Levels) Computer Science
KS5 Curriculum will give student’s opportunity to build upon previous knowledge and prepare them for the requirements of the A-levels examination. For paper 1, students are introduced to the internal workings of the (CPU), data exchange, software development, data types and legal and ethical issues. Paper 2 builds on paper 1 and includes computational thinking and problem-solving.
Students will also need to prepare and complete the NEA (Coursework) and cover the following:
- Programming techniques
- Testing and evaluation and conclusions