Computing

Key Stage 3

Aims of the curriculum

Mission Statement Computer Science

“”Using computer science to develop a way of living that improves the quality of life for all. To prepare students for jobs and careers that don’t yet exist and to do that developing a safe, effective and responsible attitude to using computers in the community”

Computing and IT has created a digital divide and our mission is to close that gap and come up with solutions that make society fair, create opportunities for all, respect the environment and have a greater understanding of our moral and ethical obligations. Using computers and IT can make the world a better place, we just need to learn how to do that effectively.

Outcomes for students

  • Preparing students with Knowledge skills and understanding students need to achieve succeed in IT and Computer Science at each stage of their education GCSE, A Level. Preparing students for decisions they make for further education, training, or work.
  • Exposing students to a range of knowledge skills and understanding students need to succeed in IT and Computer Science day to day – digital literacy
  • Sustaining strong morals and ethics associated with computing in society
  • Developing responsible and safe users of computer science and IT for the community
  • Being inclusive of the catholic ethos, equality and accessibility for all
  • Preparing students for jobs in the future that don’t yet exist

Computing and IT in STM

The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

At St Thomas More we present KS3 students with a curriculum that will allow them to develop and build on KS2, 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

Unit 1 – Computing Licence

Unit 2 – Introduction to Game Programming and Development

Unit 3 – Computers and Data Types

Year 8

Unit 1 – Multimedia Authoring

Unit 2 – Intermediate Game Programming and Development

Unit 3 – Computers, Components, and Hardware

Year 9

Unit 1 – Spreadsheet Modelling

Unit 2 – Advanced Text Based Applications Programming and Development

Unit 3 – Computing Issues and Impacts

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.

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Curriculum concept map or supporting file for Computing and IT – Year 11

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Curriculum concept map or supporting file for Computing and IT – Year 7

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Curriculum concept map or supporting file for Computing and IT – Year 9

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Curriculum concept map or supporting file for Computing and IT – Year 10

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