“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. […] Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.” (Purpose of Study, Computing Programs of Study 2014)
The aim of our newly implemented Computing scheme of work is to enable our children to make, refine and critically evaluate digital content as active participants in this fast evolving digital world.
The scheme of work is organised into 5 strands:
- What is a Computer?
- Text & Images
- Understanding & Sharing Data
- Programming & Computational Thinking
We strongly believe all children need Digital Citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. This is why key Online Safety messages are taught across all strands of the scheme throughout the year, as well as in PSHEC.
In KS4 pupils have the opportunity to take Entry Level 1, 2 or 3 ICT Functional Skills, as well as the recently introduced iDEA Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (https://idea.org.uk/#big-idea). Not only this, but a selection of students will complete a Level 1 Digital Applications (CiDA) qualification, which is aimed at creative learners and tailor made to meet the needs of today’s creative industries. This will cover creative multimedia, artwork and imaging, game making and developing web products.