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ICT and Computing

Key Stage 3
The ICT and Computing curriculum is designed to equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.  Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology.  The core of cmoputing is computer science, where 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.
Core ICT and Computing lessons aim to ensure that all pupils:
-can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
-can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
-can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
-are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
In order to meet these aims the core topics covered include:
-Computational Thinking
-Data and the CPU
-Introduction to Python
-Information Technology
-Creative Communication
During ICT and Computing lessons that are delivered as part of a carousel with design and technology students further develop their skills related to data handling and presenting information.
Key Stage 4
Both options at Key Stage 4 offer an opportunity to build on the foundations laid out in Key Stage 3 with two distinct courses.  BTEC Creative Media Production pursues the communications aspects of ICT and Computing and OCR GCSE Computer Science develops the understanding of the core components in computer science.
In BTEC Creative Media Production students investigate media products across the audio/moving image, publishing and interactive sectors before moving on to develop technical skills and techniques that they are then required to apply by responding to a digital media brief.
For the OCR GCSE Computer Science course students analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs focusing on:
-Computational thinking
-Applying academic principles to real-world systems
Key Stage 5
Please click here to view the dedicated page for the ICT and Computing department in the Sixth Form