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What is the Intent of the Computing and IT Curriculum?

Computing is present in every aspect of modern society. Correctly functioning software systems allow airplanes to fly from one city to another; give out money at the ATM and diagnose the level of glucose in your blood. Fundamental understanding of how computer hardware and software operate and relate to everyday life is an increasingly key area of learning for students. 

The intent of the Computing curriculum is to prepare students for the digital and fast paced world they live in. We aim to provide opportunities which allow students to develop a knowledge of a range of ICT, Digital Literacy and Computing in KS3 including; ICT (how digital systems work), Digital Literacy (using digital systems and apps) and Computing (creating digital systems and apps). Our aim at the end of KS3 is that students are digitally literally and have developed a curiosity and understanding of how computer systems work.

At KS4 and KS5 Computing is an optional subject, if chosen, students will develop an understanding of how people work together with computers to develop world changing programmes. They will learn about computational thinking – thinking logically, breaking down a complex problem and developing a solution. Students will explore how computers work looking at a range of topics from how data is represented to networking and cyber-security. They will also learn how to code and develop skills in programming to enable you to make sophisticated programs. Students develop their programming skills, focussing particularly on the Python programming language. They study algorithms including those used for searching and sorting. Computer systems are studied, looking at software and hardware focussing particularly on Boolean logic, high level and low-level languages, secondary storage and how main memory and the CPU (Central Processing Unit) work. They learn about networking, including topologies, protocols, and network security before moving onto cyber security. Here they examine different cyber threats and how they can be detected and prevented. They examine the ethical, legal, and environmental impacts of computing and how they impact on society. 

Students will grow in confidence through dedicated teaching environments, the latest ICT equipment and software, and specialist teaching. At the centre of the subject is creativity and enterprise. ICT and Computing are subjects which draw, develop and implement a range of different disciplines; including mathematics, science, engineering, geography and art. The subject embeds high quality literacy skills through analysis and evaluation techniques.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)

Key Stage 5 (Post-16)