AIMS & OBJECTIVES
It is the aim of the Computing Department to produce pupils who are comfortable working with a variety of programming languages and who are confident users of technology.
ICT is studied in Year 5 with the introduction of Computing from Years 6 to 9. In Key Stage 4 there is the option of GCSE Computer Science.
In Year 5 pupils build skills steadily from basic word processing to the introduction of databases and control systems.
Key Stage 3 focuses on programming and the way computers work. Pupils will learn to make the computer do what they want it to do rather than doing what the computer will allow them to do. They will learn a variety of programming languages from graphic based languages such as Scratch to text based languages such as Python and they will see the different ways languages work.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum covers topics including:
- Year 7 – E-Safety, computational thinking, Microbit programming.
- Year 8 – E-Safety, web page design, visual basic programming.
- Year 9 – E-Safety, python programming, computer networks.
The GCSE Computer Science curriculum builds on the work from Key Stage 3 and develops a deeper understanding of how computers work. Pupils have an extended programming project to complete as well as gaining insight into how each component of a computer works and how data travels.
The computers are available for personal study and research and a number of laptops enable pupils to conduct research and produce work for other departments outside of the ICT suite.