Curriculum Intent

Our aim is to create an engaging, challenging and diverse curriculum that combines vital ICT skills with more modern Computer Science theory and programming techniques.  This will not only prepare our key stage 3 students for what they will experience at GCSE, but give them skills for the future, whether it be college, University or working life.  We look to instil high aspirations in our students and encourage them to make continued progress towards their targets.  By providing an intriguing curriculum we aim to promote further interest, resilience and confidence to explore computing outside of the classroom.

We appreciate that not all students will take a Computing qualification at GCSE.  We aim to give our students enough computer skill and understanding so that they can confidently access computers and use them to perform routine tasks.  With this new knowledge we ensure that students have lifelong skills and are confident in using computers and software in a safe and responsible way.  As per the Ofsted framework, our students are given skills and experience that will prepare them for using computers beyond the school setting.

Key Stage 3

At KS3, we aim to give students a wide range of digital experiences that will prepare them for a rapidly changing world. This will include aspects of Digital Literacy, where they will use the tools and applications that will allow them to safely and effectively interact with the digital world. They will experience graphical software packages to edit and create their own images and develop websites and multimedia products to broaden their understanding of the capabilities of different software.

To complement this we will look at aspects of Computer Science to give them an awareness of the basic fundamental of how computers work. This will include the basic concepts of programming, as well at looking at the function of hardware and software in computer systems. Students are exposed to different programming languages, such as Scratch, Small Basic and Python, to allow them to experience computer programming in different forms. This also assists with creative thinking, memory and structure of writing.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Computer Science offers an exciting insight into Computing in the real world. You will learn about how a Computer System works and the different Components that make up a computer. The way Networks pass data to different parts of the world. You will learn ways to secure computer system to stop hacking and viruses.

Programming is a valuable skill that employers in every industry sector value. It helps with logical thinking, creativity and structure of writing. Computer Science allows students to explore Programming Techniques and write Robust Programs for different scenarios.
Could you write a program that will provide secure access to a website? Could you program a quiz game with multiple choice questions? The programming skills that you learn in Computer Science can lead on to careers in Computer Game Design and Programming.

Computer Science is an academic course. This option is for students who are interested in learning more about programming and the internal logics of a computer. Computer Science GCSE is part of the Science element of the English Baccalaureate.

Computer Science will be assessed by:
• A Programming Project worth 20% involving solving a problem using coding (TBC)
• Computer systems – written exam worth 40%
• Computational thinking, algorithms and programming – written exam worth 40%

Key Stage 4 Revision Video

Mr S Knowles

Curriculum Leader

Mr M Pettifer

Exam specifications

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