The computing curriculum covers three distinct topics: Information Technology, Digital Literacy, and Computer Science.
Pupils 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, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems, and a range of content.
There are various possibilities for independent learning. Understanding how computers work and being able to use them creatively gives pupils the power to shape the world around them.
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.
In KS3 students will be taught computational thinking - abstraction, decomposition, algorithms, data representation, and logic. They will develop the ability to analyse and solve problems in computational terms through the repeated practical experience of designing and writing computer programs. Students will become responsible, competent, confident, and creative users of information and communication technology.
In KS4 students will undertake the Edexcel Functional Skills Level 1/2 qualification. This will give the students a GCSE equivalent qualification in Computing and ICT. The units covered will build and develop students’ knowledge of computer systems, give them practical experience of IT in a business environment, and encourage them to develop their creative skills through the production of a variety of digital artefacts.