Curriculum

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Computing and computer technology are part of just about everything that touches our lives from the cars we drive, to the movies we watch, to the ways businesses and governments deal with us. Understanding different dimensions of computing is part of the necessary skill set for an educated person in the 21st century.

The computing curriculum teaches pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to solve problems. They will learn the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to create programs and systems of their own. As a result, our pupils will become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology, with the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence. They will learn how to apply the academic principles they learn in the classroom to real-world systems in an exciting and engaging way.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Scratch
  • Small Basic
  • Graphics
  • Modelling in Small Basic
  • E-safety
  • Computer Architecture
  • Python
  • Control systems with Flowol
  • Computer Networks
  • Computer Crime
  • Database Development
  • Advanced Python
Key Stage 4 Option Choice: GCSE Computer Science
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • SQL
  • Computational Thinking
  • Systems Architecture
  • Coding Practise
  • Algorithms
  • Programming Techniques
  • Primary Storage
  • Secondary Storage
  • Networks
  • Software
  • Systems Software
  • Legal, Cultural and Ethical Issues
  • Data Representation and Arithmetic
  • Logic
  • Translators and Programming Tools
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: OCR GCSE Computer Science (J276)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.