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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 students 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 students 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 Cambridge Nationals in Information Technologies qualification.    This qualification allows pupils to identify how the collection and communication of data and storing of data/information happens all around us. Technology underpins how it is collected and communicated. They will be able to develop an understanding of how it can be seen in all walks of life, from a wearable fitness trackers, mobile phone provider recording usage to create bills or an online retailer being able to target a customer with specific promotions based on their purchase history. Knowing how and why data is gathered and being able to turn raw data into something meaningful is essential as the learner moves through education and into employment.