It is the aim of the department to enable students to develop skills and knowledge in computer science and digital technologies to prepare them for a future in a world where the use of this technology is fully embodied. We wish to enthuse students to have an understanding far deeper than the interface that they currently operate.
We aim to enable students to develop a love of learning for the subject and an understanding that there are no limits to their own development in programming and IT. An important life skill for anyone is to problem solve, develop transferable skills and become resilient. Using the strands of computational thinking will aid learners with their Computer Science studies and, as it is embedded within everyday life activities, they will understand that they cannot run before they can walk. Students will be given guidance on how to work safely on-line (national policy) so that it will be second nature to carry out all the necessary steps for their own safety as well as those around them.
At KS3 students will be given the opportunity to develop their computer coding through the teaching of sequence, selection and iteration (cornerstones), whilst developing their digital technology skills, through an interleaving curriculum. Learning the language of code is an important bonus as students who develop their coding skills will be able to grasp the magic behind the computers. This will allow them to take their studies onto KS4 and to Further and Higher education if they desire and ultimately secure a career within a large range of industries.
In Computer Science we are committed to fulfilling the whole school Literacy drivers. Including, improving reading comprehension and vocabulary enhancement.