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 create computer games using game authoring or animation software or to develop programming in other languages.
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Course Outline for KS3
In key stage 3 the emphasis is on building problem solving skills (computational thinking). In 2015-16 in Computing lessons in year 7 we will focus on using computers safely and responsibly, using email, file organisation and also work on building simple programs,
Key Stage 4
Throughout years 10 and 11 those who have chosen to study GCSE Computing 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 or else the A452 Research task which involves problem solving in a programming language normally beyond the scope of GCSE.
Further theory includes further binary and data representation, computer systems, the CPU, memory, the fetch-decode-execute cycle, logic gates and software .
Students complete either the A452 or the A453, task, depending on which has been covered in year 10.
Further theory topics include databases, software, reliability of computer systems, networks and the internet.
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“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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