Curriculum

COMPUTER SCIENCE

The computing curriculum teaches pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to solve problems. They will learn the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to create programs and systems of their own. As a result, our pupils will become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • E-safety
  • Hardware and Software
  • Animation and Photoshop
  • E-safety
  • Desktop Publishing
  • IT Legislation
  • Website Design

GCSE Computer Science (existing Year 10 and 11 pupils only)

Paper One Paper Two
Introduction to:

  • Central Processing Unit (CPU)
  • Computer memory and storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies
  • System security and software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science
Pupils develop skills and understanding in computational thinking including:

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and data representation

 

 

Cambridge National Level 1/2 in Creative iMedia

This course will assess the application of creative media skills through their practical use.  It will encourage independence, creativity and awareness of the digital media sector as well as providing links across the whole curriculum.

Year 9 – 11
  • Pre-Production Skills (externally assessed exam)
  • Creating Digital Graphics (internally assessed coursework)
  • Creating a Multipage Website (internally assessed coursework)
  • Creating a Digital Animation (internally assessed coursework)
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

GCSE Computer Science: OCR

KS4 Exam Board Specification: Cambridge National Media Certificate in Creative iMedia

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.