Subject Leader (Computer Science) - Mr A Barker
There has been a huge change in the way Computing is taught in schools. The move away from traditional ICT to Computer Science means students are now studying topics which are more relevant and beneficial to their personal and professional development in this digital age.
In Computer Science, students will study themes including problem solving and decomposition, coding, logic and algorithmic thinking. This means students should follow a set of instructions for solving problems. There is also scope in the curriculum for image Manipulation with Fireworks and PhotoShop to provide a broad and balanced Key Stage 3 Computer Science education. Lesson and subject content now reflects the benefits of new technology, such as app development, coding and making your own games. It is also important that the aspects of technology which challenge us, such as encryption and personal security are studied so students continue to understand the risks in a digital world. This develops and enhances the students’ existing knowledge and understanding of e-safety.
We aim to prepare students for life of digital competency however they choose to use computers moving forward, whether it is for personal projects or in employment. The Computer Science Department offers a Computer Science Key Stage 4 option for students wishing to take their studies further.
- www.ocr.org.uk - examining board for GCSE
- www.ocr.org.uk - examining board for A Level
- www.teach-ict.com- online learning resource. Please ask Teacher for login details
- www.bbc.co.uk - Bitesize section good for GCSE - Computing News section invaluable for all courses