Computers Science/ICT

Our intent is to promote computational thinking and digital creativity. We want our students to develop the foundations to enable them to be discerning, life-long learners in a fast moving landscape. Our curriculum is designed to allow students to provide a balanced and informed curriculum across all key stages in the academy as well as:

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation;
  • analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs;
  • think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically;
  • understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems;
  • develop a deep understanding of computational thinking and how to apply it through a chosen programming language;
  • develop valuable thinking and programming skills that are extremely attractive in the modern workplace;
  • understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society;
  • develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts;
  • provide learners with essential knowledge and tools to improve their learning in other subjects with the aims of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing to their personal development and future economic well-being.
PedagogyEnrichmentOther general principles
Our pedagogy is underpinned by: the regular use of live modelling to demonstrate processes, standards and expectationsa range of strategies to deepen knowledge so that it is committed to long term memorya need to ‘normalise error’ so that teachers can pre-empt error as part of their planning to address gaps swiftly, and students see error as a learning opportunity.We will enrich our curriculum by: establishing cross-curricular linksproviding regular on and off-site subject or topic related experiencestaking part in regional competitions to celebrate best work and extraordinary effortencouraging students to contribute to the life of the school and the community, including charity work, and use these ‘real’ contexts to develop their skills and knowledge in ICT/Computer Sciencedeveloping partnerships with external providers that extend student’s opportunities for learningOur curriculum will enable students to:have access to both Computer Science and Information Technology and make informed choices on how they pursue the subjects as they continue their learning journey through the academybe able to use, express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplacebe active, aware and informed participants in the digital worldleave their education here with the skill set to keep their knowledge up to date in the ever changing digital technology landscape.

Long Term Plan