Computing

Departmental Objective:

The New Computing Curriculum develops both skills and knowledge.  This September, computing has replaced ICT as a national curriculum subject at all key stages.  Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, how they are designed and programmed, how to apply computational thinking and how to make best use of information technology.  It aims to give pupils a broad education that encourages creativity and equips them with the knowledge and skills to understand and change the world.

Computing brings new challenges and opportunities that should excite and empower pupils and teachers. Some of these changes may be new but also may already familiar to students.

The Royal Society has identified three distinct strands within computing, each of which is complementary to the others; computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL).  Each component is essential in preparing pupils to thrive in an increasing digital world.

Computer Science is the scientific and practical study of computation; what can be computed, how to compute it, and how computation may be applied to the solution of problems.

Information Technology is concerned with how computers and telecommunications equipment work and how they may be applied to the storage, retrieval, transmission and manipulation of data.

Digital Literacy is the ability to effectively, responsibly, safely and critically navigate, evaluate and create digital artefacts using a range of digital technologies.

Facilities

  • 30 Computers
  • 30 Raspberry Pi's
  • Lego Mindstorm
  • Initio Robots
  • Smart Board
  • Headphones
  • Colour and mono printers
  • On-line storage

Websites

https://classroom.google.com/

www.quizlet.com

www.codeacademy.com

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8H6-anK0t4&list=PLCiOXwirraUAvkTPDWeeSqAKty3LAG37-