Computing

Aims of the curriculum

At St Thomas More we aim to provide students with an exciting and relevant programme of study which will enable them to progress in to Key Stage 4 with the knowledge and skills required to be a success and reach or exceed their potential.

We have chosen to allow our students to progress and prepare for their future in Computing and Computer Science. We believe this will allow students to make informed decisions at Key Stage 4, their prospects for KS5, or employment.

Curriculum overview

Year 7

Term 1 – Using Computers Effectively, Safely, and Responsibly

Term 2 – KODU Game Programming

Term 3 – Computer Science Concepts

Year 8

Term 1 – Computer Crime and Cyber Security

Term 2 – Scratch Game / App Programming

Term 3 – HTML Design and Website Development

 

Teaching methods and student organisation

At KS3 pupils are given at least one hour per week to develop their computing skills through the two week timetable. Pupils are able to access information they need for the lesson via the Moodle VLE.  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.

Progression after Key Stage 3

We have GCSE Computer Science available at KS4 and A Level Computer Science at KS5. Students will have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in these areas.

We also have BTEC IT available at KS4 and BTEC Level Three IT at KS5. Students will have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in this alternative area.