Computing

We aim to develop:

  • Confident, independent, discerning, safe, responsible users with transferable skills in digital life
  • Use of digital artefacts and tools for enquiry based learning; creating digital artefacts
  • Understanding of the working and design of digital technologies and systems

Curriculum

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 Computer Science, 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 Science 9-1. 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.

At Key Stage 5, students may build on knowledge gained at GCSE level undertaking the A Level Computer Science qualification. There is an emphasis on general problem-solving, programming and a fundamental understanding of how computers work, an excellent foundation for helping to solve future computational challenges. The course is split evenly into practical and theoretical work. There are three components:

  • Component 1

This component will introduce learners to the internal workings of the Central Processing Unit the exchange of data and will also look at software development, data types and legal and ethical issues.

  • Component 2

This component will enable learners to understand what is meant by ‘computational thinking’, understand the benefits of applying computational thinking to solving a wide variety of problems and understand the principles of solving problems by computational methods.

  • Component 3

Learners will be expected to analyse, design, develop, test, evaluate and document a program written in a suitable programming language.

Extra-curricular Activities

Computing Club runs every Wednesday lunchtime. Raspberry Pi computers, gamer kits and BBC Microbits are available students are able to make use of the software available in the Computing Suites.