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Key Stage 3

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.

The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

Our aim is for all students to enjoy lessons, become self-sufficient in the careful and appropriate use of computers and equip them with the skills for everyday life. We teach pupils based on their individual needs and learning styles.

In Years 7 to 9, Computer Science is taught as a separate subject. They have 2 lessons a week of computing which include challenging and engaging activities that interest them. Students will gain experience of programming in Python and using Raspberry Pis in their lessons. ICT skills are also developed during the delivery of computing lessons with students producing evidence of computational thinking through presentations and reports.

Year 7 Topics

  • E-Safety
  • PC Basics
  • Kodu
  • Scratch
  • Python

Years 8 Topics

During this year pupils further enhance their skills from Year 7

  • Python
  • Boolean Logic
  • Databases
  • Modelling

Year 9 Topics

During this year pupils further enhance their skills from Year 8 and also begin the preparation for the ECDL in Year 10. Topics include…

  • Databases
  • Python
  • Boolean Logic
  • Algorithms
  • Web Development