Key Stage 3 Curriculum Outline
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum provides challenges and new experiences for pupils in Computing and Digital Literacy, regardless of their prior knowledge of using computers. Topics covered in Years 7 to 9 include; E-safety, web design, programming using Scratch and Python, hardware and number systems, programming using the BBC Microbit technology and Lego and flow diagrams using Flowol.
Although the Key Stage 3 curriculum has a strong practical element, the focus on theory has increased due to national changes to Key Stage 4. Pupils’ Literacy skills in ICT & Computing are developed with attention to accurate use of vocabulary and extended writing answers to problems. They are taught to think logically, sequentially and systematically to write programmes and codes for a variety of real-life scenarios. They also have to develop an ability to find errors in codes that are already written.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Outline
There are 2 courses available for pupils to choose as an option in Key Stage 4. GCSE Computer Science and NCFE Technical award in Imedia (this replaces the CIDA qualification.)
Computer Science is engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science. Students also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs.
Imedia is the integration of digital media including combinations of electronic text, graphics, moving images and sound into a structured digital computerised environment that allows people to interact with the data for appropriate purposes. Students will learn to plan and design websites and web assets.
Future Opportunities and Pathways Post 16
For pupils who want to pursue a career in Programming or Game Design, the GCSE Computer Science course will be the most appropriate route. Both qualification are both held in high regard by employers and will be suitable for most jobs that require an understanding of Computer Science and ICT.
Extra Curricular Opportunities
There are a wide range of enrichment opportunities available to pupils in ICT & Computing.
Programmable-Lego club (First Lego League & Tomorrows Engineers)
Race for the Line Rocket Cars Project
Hull University Careers in Computing Visit
In addition, the teachers in ICT & Computing regularly support pupils in after-school practice of programming skills, including game design using Scratch and support Year 11 pupils with exam preparation.