Computing

Key Stage 3

Aims of the curriculum

At St Thomas More we present students with a curriculum that will allow them to develop and progress confidently in to Key Stage 4. Our exciting, challenging and relevant programme of study has been chosen to equip students with a wide range of Computer Science and IT skills. We give students a solid foundation for whichever GCSE pathway they decide to take. Our intent is to allow students a successful transition to either GCSE Computer Science or Btec IT.

We pride ourselves in developing students that are competent in all aspects of digital literacy so that they have transferable skills in to not only specialist areas but also other subjects and industries where IT can enhance them.

Curriculum overview

Year 7

  • Introduction – Computing Licence
  • Unit 1 – Using Computers Effectively, Safely, and Responsibly
  • Unit 2 – Games Design and Programming
  • Unit 3 – Interactive Multimedia Applications Development

Year 8

  • Unit 1 – Computational Thinking
  • Unit 2 – Systems Development and Programming
  • Unit 3 – Internet Applications Development

Teaching methods and student organisation

At KS3 students are given three hours per fortnight to develop their computing skills through the two-week timetable. All students have individual access to a computer workstation in lesson.

Students are able to access resources and information they need for the lesson via the Moodle VLE which also gives users access from home.

Work that is given to pupils is differentiated and personalised to meet the needs of each individual. A range of strategies are implemented to ensure that pupils achieve their best and enjoy their learning.

Progression after Key Stage 3

We have GCSE Computer Science or BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology available at KS4 and A Level Computer Science or Level 3 Cambridge Technical IT at KS5. Students will have been fully prepared for the pathway they choose.