At Roundwood Park we believe that all students are capable of attaining high standards in Computer Science and should leave school with the knowledge, qualifications and life skills that will help them thrive in the 21st century within the world of ICT.
Students have a one hour lesson of computer science per week. Years 7, 8 and 9 are grouped together and taught in a way that promotes and utilises knowledge and understanding of computing. Programming is a core activity of computer science because it enables the user to access and release the potential of the computer they are using. In each year students will learn the stages of programming, sequence and control in the use of Scratch and python programmes of study. Alongside this students will learn the use of algorithms, pseudo code and flow diagrams. Students will explore ICT in the aspects of spreadsheets, databases, graphic and website design to complement the new computing programme of study at KS3.
Opportunities for reviewing, modifying and evaluating work as it progresses are integrated throughout the themes. The objectives are intended to help students challenge and raise expectations. Students are taught in form groups.
GCSE in Computing
GCSE computing encourages learners to be inspired and challenged by following a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It helps learners to gain an insight into related sectors. It prepares learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.
GCSE specifications in computing will enable learners to:
- develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies, understanding of how they work and apply this knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts
- acquire and apply knowledge, some technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming
- use their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning users of ICT, able to make informed decisions about its use, and aware of the implications of different technologies
- acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts
- develop computer programs to solve problems
- develop the skills to work collaboratively
- evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of and issues related to the use of computer technology in society.
KS4 – Cambridge Nationals in ICT
These qualifications assess the application of ICT skills through their practical use. They provide learners with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects with the aim of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing to their personal development and future economic well-being.
The Cambridge Nationals in ICT equip learners with sound ICT skills for everyday use and provide opportunities to develop in context those desirable, transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others or communicating technical concepts effectively. They challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to demanding material and skills; encourage independence and creativity; provide tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum (including data handling, modelling and programming).
The qualification design, including the range of units available, allows learners the freedom to explore more deeply the things that interest them as well as providing good opportunities to enhance their learning in a range of curriculum areas.
The Edexcel GCE in Applied ICT aims to produce effective, discerning ICT users who can select and use appropriate ICT tools and techniques to help them carry out investigations. They must be able to capture and handle data, solve problems, make decisions, and present and communicate information. It gives students a wide choice of progression options into further study, training, or relevant employment. Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees and BTEC Higher National Diplomas in related subjects such as ICT, Computer Science, Information Systems, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, e-Business and Information Management.