It is our mission in Computer Science to prepare students for jobs that do not exist, using software which has not yet been created, to solve problems that have not yet become a problem. As embodied in Galatians 6:10 'Whilst we have time, let us do good to all', we aim for our students to feel part of the digital world, and feel prepared for further study in this field. In Computer Science we are strongly committed to empowering our learners to work independently, and with aspiration, being comfortable trying out new things. Our aims are to introduce theoretical perspectives in computing which inspire, and encourage learners to find out more, and to encourage our learners to think logically, and write / debug code. We also encourage sociability with team working towards a solution, as is what would happen in a coding workplace.
Content is delivered during 1 lesson a week in modules and covers a range of skills including applications software, e-safety and digital literacy and coding.
Learners who have chosen Computer Science as an option subject in year 8, will begin one of two courses in year 9, and will complete it within a year. They will have intensive study, with six hours a week. This is very much the best way to learn coding, and theoretical practices, as they are both concepts which need to be revisited often.
Our aim is that all learners have made sufficient progress to be entered for the Edexcel qualification in Computer Science. This course has two examinations, each one making up 50% of the overall grade. These are sat in the summer, and are traditional exam paper style, with a mixture of multiple choice, long, and short answers. Additionally, at present, the students design, create, and test a program which solves a given problem. This is under review with OFQUAL though, and may change in the future. One idea they are looking at is having an online coding exam.
Certificate in IT User Skills
Our aim is to prepare students to progress to similar courses at a higher level or employment and encourage engagement in their learning. They will gain a variety of IT skills, including the use of hardware, software and mobile IT devices, and have an awareness of computer security and privacy. The qualification is assessed through coursework assignments and there is no exam. At the end of each unit of learning, students will be set an assignment which they must pass to enable them to gain the final qualification. This ensures that students are able to bank achievements towards their final qualification throughout the course without the stress of a terminal exam. Each coursework assignment is set in a real world context and requires the student to complete activities and produce evidence.
SMSC IN ICT
SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT IN ICT/ COMPUTING
MORAL DEVELOPMENT IN ICT/ COMPUTING
Computing helps students to explore aspects of real and imaginary situations and enables them to reflect on the possible consequences of different actions and situations. It can raise issues such as whether it is morally right to have computer games whose aim is killing and violence, and whether it is fair that some people in this country and in other countries cannot use the internet.
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN ICT/COMPUTING
As part of the computing curriculum students are taught to think and produce work that reflects the needs of diverse audiences within our community and the wider community.
As students develop their skills in a range of software, they are challenged to work in groups to find solutions whilst developing respect for the ideas and opinions of others in their team. This is particularly prevalent in the design phase of tasks given. In addition, students are encouraged to develop their team working skills through collaborative work and research. The students also explore the concept of teams and the roles that individuals have to play.
Computing can also help all students to express themselves clearly and to communicate. As students’ progress through their learning they will consider more complex social needs and are encouraged to research and work collaboratively to find appropriate solutions to issues that may affect particular groups within society.
CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN ICT/ COMPUTING