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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.

To find out more about the curriculum followed please visit http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/data/uploads/secondary_national_curriculum_-_computing.pdf

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 using Scratch micro:bits and a Basic language.

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.

Year 10
Students continue to practise programming and develop their analysis, design and testing skills. Further theory includes further binary and data representation, computer systems, the CPU, memory, the fetch-decode-execute cycle, logic gates and software. From September 2016 students will follow the new GCSE offered by AQA. To find out more about this, please visit:

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/computing/specifications/AQA-8520-SP-2016-V1-0.PDF

Year 11:
In 2016 – 17 students will complete either the A452 research task from the OCR specification.

Further theory topics include databases, software, reliability of computer systems, networks and the internet.

To find out more about the curriculum in year 11 please visit

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/72936-specification.pdf

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