IT and Computing

We have fully embraced the move towards the new Computing curriculum. We have not, however, completely disregarded the requirement to teach our students how to use computers and technology responsibly and efficiently. Therefore we also include elements of Digital Literacy throughout every lesson.

Key Stage 3 IT & Computing

Year 7

Students will cover the following areas:

·         e-Safety (incorporating Online Safety, Cyberbullying, Computer Protection and Reliability of Internet Information)

·         Spread Sheets Part 1 - Introduction

·         Databases Part 1- Introduction

·         Computer Science Fundamentals

·         Flowcharts and Control – using Flowol

·         Introduction to Programming – Using Scratch

Year 8

Students continue to improve their digital literacy skills and their Computing knowledge, building on what they have learnt in Year 7. Some of the topics introduced in Year 7 will be investigated more thoroughly in order to give the students a much deeper understanding. There will also be some new areas to explore such as Computers in Society and Programming using Python

Year 9

Students use their digital literacy skills to research theoretical areas of IT and to produce IT based solutions to inform others. They also expand on their programming skills using different programming languages. Another key part of the Year 9 syllabus is to ensure that the students understand how to use IT to assist them in their studies of other subjects in Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 4 IT & Computing

IT & Computing is an option subject at KS4 and in Years 10 & 11 we offer the following two courses:

·         Pearson Certificate in Digital Applications - CiDA (GCSE Equivalent)

·         AQA GCSE Computer Science

We feel that these courses give all of our students the opportunity to study IT at GCSE level and that we can guide our students towards the course which is best suited to them.