“To prepare humanity for the next 100 years, we need more of our children to learn computer programming skills, regardless of their future profession. Along with reading and writing, the ability to program is going to define what an educated person is.”
Salman Khan – Founder, Khan Academy
Key Stage 3
Our KS3 Computer Science curriculum provides pupils with a solid foundation in Computing, Programming, Digital Media and Digital Citizenship.
Pupils learn the principles of computational thinking, the role of hardware, software and networks, computer modeling, database design and how to create digital graphics.
There is also a focus on programming in each year where pupils are given the opportunity to develop interactive games, web sites, APPs and code using Python.
Code Club is open to all Key Stage 3 pupils and runs on Thursday lunchtimes. It has an enthusiastic following and more than 40 hours of code have already been written by those attending. The aim is to introduce programming concepts in a fun and autodidactic way, which is proving very popular with our young coders.
Key Stage 4
We offer three pathways at Key Stage 4 which are outlined below.
Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia is a media sector-focused qualification, including film, television, web development, gaming and animation, and has IT at it’s heart. The course provides pupils with a knowledge of a number of key areas in this field from pre-production skills to digital animation and has a motivating, hands-on approach to both teaching and learning.
GCSE Computer Science (1-9)
GCSE in Computer Science qualification gives pupils an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on “behind the scenes”. As part of this, they investigate computer programming, which many find interesting. Through this study of computer programming, the course helps learners develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills. For many, it is a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. The course stimulates interest and engagement with technology and technology-related careers.
Students that are digitally literate will enjoy an enriched educational experience and will be better prepared for life, for work, and further learning. Students who use technology as part of the learning process perform better in school, and are more motivated to learn.
As part of the Study Plus Program at KS4, we offer selected students the opportunity to gain this industry recognized qualification.
Mr M Holmes
Lead practitioner in ICT & Computer Science