|Mrs J Hinks||Lead Teacher Computing|
We live in an increasingly digital world, where our knowledge and understanding of computer technology is changing rapidly. Computer Science prepares pupils to learn, work and live in this digital age.
There are 3 strands to Computer Science:
- Computer Science
- Information Technology
- Digital Literacy - basic functional skills, such as the ability to use a keyboard, mouse, email, and web browser
As a subject, Computer Science allows pupils to:
- develop creativity, logical thinking and self evaluation
- progress in other areas such as Technology and Science
- design apps and software for technologies that they use - mobile phones, games consoles and the internet
- develop their computing skills which is of enormous importance to the economy and focuses on computer technologies relevant to the modern world
- gain a thorough grounding in computing, creating opportunities for pupils to move on to A-levels and employment
At Key Stage 3 pupils are taught 1 lesson over a fortnight and at Key Stage 4 pupils are taught 5 lessons over a fortnight. All classes are mixed-attainment.
Pupils in Key Stage 4 follow the OCR Level 1/Level 2 Cambridge National in IT
This qualification encourages pupils to:
- understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of IT, including the use of IT in the digital world, Internet of Everything, data manipulation and Augmented Reality
- understand, apply and use IT appropriately and effectively for the purpose and audience
- develop learning and practical skills that can be applied to real-life contexts and work situations
- think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
- develop independence and confidence in using skills that would be relevant to the IT sector and more widely
- plan, design, create, test and evaluate/review IT solutions and products which are fit for purpose and meeting user/client requirements and apply design and Human Computer Interface (HCI) considerations appropriate for a defined audience
- understand the impacts of digital technologies on the individual, organisation and wider society.