The Computing Curriculum
Computing is taught across all three Key Stages and covers three key areas:
- computer science
- desk top publishing
- data patterns and relationships.
Pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to use this knowledge in the context of programming. Data modules provide students with the skills they need to use ICT for analytical purposes. All these components are set within a framework which ensures pupils know how to keep safe online, with regular focus on E-safety and responsible usage. E-Safety is also taught as part of our PSHE Curriculum. All students have 1 hour of Computing per week and learn in the most practical ways possible.
In Key Stage 3 pupils are introduced to the basic aspects of programming. Students use BeeBots to learn programming and debugging. They will also learn about digital photo manipulation and conducting and analysing survey results using a variety of software.
Desktop publishing ensures that pupils become digitally literate and able to use ICT both for practical purposes and to express themselves creatively through digital mediums.
In Key Stage 4 pupils build on their knowledge of programming, completing more complex tasks with algorithms. They use Scratch to create their own programs, and have the opportunity to make games, tell stories and create soundscapes using code.
Some pupils follow WJEC Entry Level Pathways, and complete units in document editing, email and storing and retrieving data.
Learning in Key Stage 5 focuses on life skills and employment, ensuring students can access community services using ICT and can use the internet responsibly and effectively to find the information they need. Some Key Stage 5 pupils take Functional Skills examinations in ICT.
Safer Internet Day in February is marked across the school and encourages responsible usage with displays, assemblies and activities and discussions in lessons. We offer parents and carers workshops to learn more about how they can support their children use the internet safely.
We have offered bespoke Year 7 parent safer internet sessions to address issues around mobile phone usage and social media.
The Computing curriculum provides students with the skills they need to navigate an increasingly technologically focussed world and give each pupil the opportunity to apply and develop their technological understanding and skills across a wide range of situations and tasks. Pupils are encouraged to develop a confident and safe approach to Computing and the use of ICT, with the assumption that these skills will play a prominent role in the pupil’s life at home as well as their future endeavours after Spa School.