"Everyone should learn how to code, it teaches you how to think" Steve Jobs
Computer Science seeks to understand and explore the world around us, both natural and artificial. Computer Science deals with the application of computer systems to solve real-world problems, including issues such as the identification of business needs, hardware and software, and the evaluation of usability. It is the productive, creative and explorative use of technology.
Year 7 enter the land of computers by understanding how technology has changed and sculpted our modern world as they dip their toes into the language of computers with Scratch. Links with maths and science are drawn upon to look at how data can be modelled using different programs. Then the magic of the internet draws the year to an end with networks and HTML.
Year 8 begin with some binary bits and bobs, progressing on to communicating in Python, no we don’t mean snakes! With the internet drawing attention again and the deepening understanding of HTML, students become the digital entrepreneurs of the future by developing their very own mobile app!
Year 9 reap the benefits of their burgeoning computer linguistics by expanding their repertoire with advanced programming, HTML, CSS and Java Script. Next up, students learn the depths involved in keeping our data and information safe with cyber security.
Key Stage 4
Year 10 is the start of the 2 year GCSE voyage. Our curriculum is specifically tailored to ensure our students achieve their full potential in the specification set by OCR. Click here to see the exam board's website.
British Values, SMSC and Cultural Capital
We promote mutual respect and tolerance, for example, considering how our behaviour is applicable to the online world as well as in society. Learners work independently and within teams building resilience and self-esteem.
Students appreciate the need to play a responsible, active role in the digital world and not be passive consumers of an opaque and mysterious technology. They are supported in using knowledge to solve problems when things go wrong and to form their views on issues such as software patents, identity theft, genetic engineering and the use of electronic voting systems for elections.
As a quintessential STEM discipline, sharing attributes with engineering, mathematics, science, and technology, this area involves the application of logic and reasoning as well as scientific approaches to measurement and experiment. It requires understanding, appreciation, and application of a wide range of technologies, all of which take centre stage in the modern century.