Computing

Key Stage 3

Technology is all around us and children are growing up in a world where it becomes an integral part of their lives from a very young age. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.

In Year 8 we focus on how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming and mastering computer software.

In Year 9 we build on the Y8 course, inspiring creativity through new media software and further developing coding skills as a foundation for those opting for the GCSE.

Students in Year 8 and Year 9 have one period a week of computing. There is a strong emphasis on developing programming skills in response to the reforms to the education curriculum from September 2014 that focuses on technology-related skills.

At Key Stage 3 students cover three distinct strands within computing, each of which is complementary to the others.  Each component is essential in preparing students to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

  • Computer scienceis the scientific and practical study of computation: what can be computed, how to compute it, and how computation may be applied to the solution of problems.
  • Information technologyis concerned with how computers and telecommunications equipment work, and how they may be applied to the storage, retrieval, transmission and manipulation of data.
  • Digital literacyis the ability to effectively, responsibly, safely and critically navigate, evaluate and create digital artefacts using a range of digital technologies.
Key Stage 4

GCSE – Computing (OCR Examination Board) is offered as a Key Stage 4 option.  The course content is made up of the following 3 elements:

  • Computer systems– Systems Architecture
  • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming– 50% of the final marks, examination paper taken at the end of Year 11

Programming project  – a compulsory programming task set by the examination board and completed over 20 hours in Year 11.

Staff members

Mr M Coley
Head of Department / ICT Co-ordinator

Mr C Thomson

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