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Computing

Departmental Intent:

The Computing department at St Antony’s Roman Catholic School aims to equip pupils with the skills to participate in a rapidly-changing world through challenging and engaging topics. Pupils will develop an understanding and application in the fundamental principles of Computer Science by having the opportunity to write programs, design webpages and produce professional digital products. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.The main features of the Computer Science curriculum are as follows:

  • Within Computer Science, our curriculum has been constructed through an approach that draws together the National Curriculum, the knowledge of our curriculum lead and that of external experts using the latest pedagogical research. Our vision is to provide all students with the opportunities to learn computational thinking, ICT and Computer Science through a balanced curriculum which will support both pupils who are disadvantaged and those with SEND needs. Our curriculum is designed to enable our pupils to become digitally literate in a fast changing world and equip all of our pupils with the skills they will need in the future.
  • The curriculum is aimed to develop a deeper understanding of skills which have been introduced throughout the KS2 National Curriculum. At St Antony’s these skills are further developed and revisited, allowing for students to know and remember more. The curriculum has a clear endpoint for stakeholders which is outlined in our curriculum map. There is a focus on students ability to develop their skills in Computer Science so that these skills can be applied in other curriculum areas. This is in addition to skill application in future employment.
  • The National Centre of Computing Educational National Curriculum was introduced for the first time in September 2021 to KS3 in order to ensure that the transition from KS2 into KS3 is smoother and that we are providing the full spectrum of the wider curriculum for Computer Science. In line with this, in Y7 pupils begin with safe and respectful online collaboration before tackling the essentials of programming. As pupils move through Y8 they undertake more challenege aspects of Computer Science. This includes Python Programming, which is then studied in greater detail as pupils move through Y9. By this point, this careful sequencing ensures pupils have covered the essentials of Computer Science before moving on to the demands of GCSE.
  • As a result of the pandemic, curriculum planning is designed to address gaps in knowledge and skills and place significant emphasis on areas of weakness, with careful planning taking place to ensure appropriate topics are taught at the appropriate times. A key feature of this academic year is an emphasis upon the National Centre of Computing Educational National Curriculum to address knowledge and skills gaps.
  • Within Computer Science we aim to deliver a broad curriculum where students will learn a wide range of skills from Digital Literacy, Computer Science and Information Technology. Computer Science is an option open to all pupils.
  • All pupils including those with SEND have access to Computer Science at both KS3 and KS4 (Option). The curriculum is designed to be challenging for all, with high expectations and a significant emphasis placed on a subject that finds itself at the heart of modern life.

 

 

Department Information:

What is Computer Science?

Computer Science is a quintessential STEM discipline, sharing attributes with Engineering, Mathematics, Science, and Technology. It has its own theoretical foundations and mathematical underpinnings, and involves the application of logic and reasoning. It embraces a scientific approach to measurement and experiment. It involves the design, construction, and testing of purposeful artefacts. It requires understanding, appreciation, and application of a wide range of technologies. Moreover, Computer Science provides pupils with insights into other STEM disciplines, and with skills and knowledge that can be applied to the solution of problems in those disciplines.

At St Antony’s we deliver a wide range of practical and theoretical topics to each year group.  As you can see from our programme of study we teach a range of programming languages and theoretical units throughout each year group.

Within industry there are lots of jobs for Computer Scientists. The top six jobs are:

  1. Mobile Application Developer
  2. Database Administrator
  3. Software Engineer
  4. Video Games Designer
  5. Network Administrator
  6. GCHQ Intelligence

 

Facilities:

  • 31 Computers
  • 31 Raspberry Pi's
  • Sphero Bolt Robots
  • Lego Mindstorm
  • Initio Robots
  • Smart Board
  • Headphones
  • Printers
  • Microsoft 365
  • Google Apps for Education

 

Curriculum Enhancement:

  • Websites

BBC Bitesize Computer Science

Microsoft Office 365

Google Edu Apps

www.quizlet.com

www.quizizz.com

www.codeacademy.com

GCSE OCR J277 Computer Science

 

  • Academic Reading with links to this curriculum area's learning can be found here.