Computer Science Department Curriculum Intent
All students at Sacred Heart should have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of Computer Science in all Key Stages. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is an imperative skill students should be taught to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. A high-quality computing education equips students to use creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.
In KS3 we believe the core of Computing is students being introduced to a wide range of technology, including laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. By the time they reach KS5, they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
We teach a curriculum set by OCR that enables students to become effective users of technology who can:
- Understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms and data representation
- Analyse problems in computational term, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems using various programming languages
- Evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems;
- Communicate ideas well by utilising appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum.
At Sacred Heart, we believe Computer Science is a discipline that seeks to understand and explore the world around us, both natural and artificial, in computational terms. Computer Science is particularly, but by no means exclusively, concerned with the study, design, and implementation of computer systems, and understanding the principles underlying these designs. Moreover, Computer Science provides our students with insights into other STEM disciplines, and with skills and knowledge, which are applied to the solution of problems in those disciplines.
High combination of computational thinking, a set of computing principles, and a computational approach to problem solving through coding and programming is uniquely empowering. The ability to bring this combination to bear on practical problems is central to the success of science, engineering, business and commerce in the 21st century.
Computer Science Curriculum Map