Departmental Staff
 
Subject Leader:-                   Mrs E Symeou
   
Teachers:-                             Mrs Sayers
                                           
                                     
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Key Stage 3 - Purpose of study
 

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with Mathematics, Science, and Design and Technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is Computer Science, in which students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding students are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

Aims

The national curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

Key Stage 4
 
GCSE Computing begins in Year 10 as an option and continues through Year 11. Students are provided the opportunity to study either one of these subjects to ensure they are digitally literate for life beyond school.
 
 

Unit 1: (Computer Science)

Unit 2: (Computational thinking and algorithms)

Programming Project

40% of Exam Unit 40% of GCSE 20% of GCSE

 

Where could the Subject Lead – Career wise?

 
Qualifications in all areas of ICT are actively sought by employers in most areas of employment. The skills learnt are far reaching and can be effectively transferred to different situations. A qualification achieved at school provides excellent preparation for those wishing to learn more and study a related course at university or to seek work in ICT related industries.
 
Homework
 
Homework for all Key Stages is set using Show My Homework Key Stage 3 students are set homework on a weekly basis and should take no longer than 30 minutes to complete. Key Stage 4 students are set homework each week; these will be more challenging and should take no more than one hour.