In the computing department we aim to develop computational thinking in a wide range of contexts, and we are committed to encouraging problem solving both at the computer and away from it. We are well resourced with modern computer rooms of networked computers and we are supported by a strong team of teachers, technicians and learning technicians. We encourage boys to develop confidence and become independent learners, able to work safely and use technology appropriately, choosing the best tools for the task and able to justify their decisions. We also believe that computing is fun. Our Enrichment activities include opportunities to work with programs controlling models such as Lego Mindstorm; as well as opportunities to create computer games using game authoring or animation software.
In key stage 3 the emphasis is on building problem solving skills (computational thinking). In both years, there will be two blocks of teaching in rotation with other subjects. Each block will consist of approximately 6 weeks of teaching for 3 lessons a week.
Block 1 – The Digital World. There will be a skill building unit with the focus on creating for specific audiences and purposes, modelling and research techniques. Topics will include computer systems, binary& hardware. The use of Google Drive and collaborative working will be encouraged
Block 2 – Programming boot camp. Pupils will look at real world problems and how computers can monitor and control physical systems. Pupils will use using a variety of packages including Logicator and Scratch.
Block 1 – The Digital World. Digital citizenship, keeping safe online and using digital tools appropriately
Block 2 – Programming boot camp. Pupils will move to a text based programming language such as Small Basic to prepare for GCSE Computing
All students start working toward a GCSE in Computing in year 9 and continue their studies into years 10 and 11. The aim is to enable them to gain an in depth understanding of computer technology in practice and to continue to develop problem solving skills. They use a range of online resources as well as textbooks “GCSE Computing” by Susan Robson and “OCR Computing for Students” by Sean Byrne and George Rouse. All lessons are taught in computer labs although students are also encouraged to think about developing solutions away from a computer by engaging in problem solving.
Course offered: GCSE Computing
Specification code: J275
In year 9 pupils are taught in 4 blocks of 3 lessons a week for approximately 6 weeks per block in rotation with other subjects.
Input, output and storage
Algorithms and programming
Year 10 and 11
Throughout years 10 and 11 students have 3 lessons of computing per week. They make use of a number of online resources such as Dynamic Learning and www.teach-ict.com as well as using textbooks “GCSE Computing” by Susan Robson and “OCR Computing for Students” by Sean Byrne and George Rouse. All lessons are taught in computer labs although students are also encouraged to think about developing solutions away from a computer by engaging in problem solving.
Students continue to practise programming and develop their analysis, design and testing skills in order to work on the A453 Programming coursework which is conducted under controlled conditions.
Further theory includes further binary and data representation, computer systems, the cpu, memory,the fetch-decode-execute cycle, logic gates and software .
Students work on the A452 coursework in which they investigate an area of computing such as using low level languages, as well as completing the tasks in the programming coursework.
Further theory topics include databases, reliability of computer systems, network and the internet.
“I enjoyed everything about it. I loved the challenges set by the work and feel I have been able to use all my abilities throughout the course.” –Year 9 pupil
“I have enjoyed learning about the programmes and what they do.”
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