Computing is taught at St George’s as a discrete course. At Key Stage 3 all pupils have one hour per week in a well-equipped computer suite.
The themes of Digital Life, Digital Tools and Digital Technologies are delivered through five areas of skills, processes, knowledge, and understanding, which provide opportunities for deeper, focused learning.
Safe and Responsible Use: including personal e-safety, computer e-safety, legal and environmental issues.
Digital Literacy: including finding, retrieving and validating information, social networking, creating and sharing, gaming, critical thinking and evaluation, and the impact of ICT on Society.
Skills: including digital communication and online environments, producing and editing all types of media, modelling, control and programming, problem solving.
Technology in the World: including common productivity software and applications, collaboration and communication tools and use, design and specifications, web design using HTML, creative industries, e-commerce and future applications.
Technical understanding: including how computing devices work, data storage, hardware and software, programming and control, binary and logic.
In Year 9 all students study OCR Entry Level Computing which offers an ideal platform to further study in Computing at GCSE and beyond. Through this qualification students develop their understanding of the fundamental hardware of a computer system, common types of software and simple logic. They acquire the skills to write simple computer programs, and look at the development of computer technology and the effects it has had.
At Key Stage 4 students may opt for OCR GCSE Computing. Through this two year qualification students can develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and how they work, look at the use of algorithms in computer programs, develop and evaluate computer programs to solve problems, and consider the impact of computer technology on society.
Computing Club runs every Wednesday lunchtime. Raspberry Pi computers are available and students are able to make use of the software available in the Computing Suites.