Welcome to the Computer Science subject page. We aim to make all students computer literate and to do this we provide a curriculum which is challenging, progressive and relevant.
We aim to deliver high-quality computing teaching, equipping our students with computational thinking and creativity. The curriculum is developed as such in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Students in KS3 and KS4 are taught 2 lessons a week.
The curriculum has been developed as such, to meet the needs of the National Curriculum. Students will learn to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. They will become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Year 7 focuses on ensuring students are confident using most common applications. Students also look at what E-Safety is and how it affects them personally. They will develop an understanding of visual programming and high-level programming languages.
Year 8 students begin to develop efficient and effective solutions to more complex problems. They begin to learn Text Based Programming and Machine Code (Binary). Students also look at the techniques used in HTML code to develop websites and understand internet security.
In Year 9 students further develop and enhance their skills in Computational Thinking to prepare them for Key Stage 4. They look at how computers work in terms of the hardware and the logic inside them. Students gain an enhanced understanding of different number systems including Hexadecimal. They develop their programming further learning a range of algorithms to solve real-world problems and use high-level code to formulate solutions.
KS4 Computer Science
Computer Science is chosen as an option in Year 9, to pursue as a GCSE in Year 10 and Year 11. Pupils are taught 2 lessons a week. The OCR GCSE (9–1) Computer Science is relevant to the modern, changing world of computing, it’s designed to boost computing skills essential for the 21st century. This carefully planned course gives students a real,
This carefully planned course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. It offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing.
How Parents can Support
Parents are encouraged to work and support their children at home. They should engage in discussions with their children on the projects that they are working on as well as any homework they are asked to complete. Parents can use a variety of online resources to support their child, some are highlighted below:
- BBC Bitesize – KS3 Computer Science
- Teach-ICT.com – KS3 Computing
- Codecademy – Learn to code interactively, for free
- Code Avengers – Learn to build websites, apps and games in a fun and effective way
- CodeCombat – Learn how to code by playing a game
- Khan Academy – Math, science, computer programming, history, art, economics, and even more free online classes
- OCR MOOC – Ton of resources to support learning of the 9-1 OCR Curriculumi