Computing at Dormston aims to provide pupils with the skills and knowledge for an ever-evolving Digital future. It is an innovative subject designed to challenge and inspire pupils to think logically, critically, and creatively to solve problems. The curriculum is designed carefully to provide a balance of academic and practical elements to empower pupils to become motivated, independent learners. Computing is not just about ensuring pupils achieve academic success, but also building strong transferrable skills essential to world where digital literacy is crucial.
The department boasts 3 dedicated classrooms each with 28 or more computers. The school benefits from having 2 full time network managers who keep the system operational and up to date with the latest software to support learning.
An after school digital creators club lets pupils experiment with all different aspects of computing. Whilst mainly focussed on developing pupils’ love of, and ability to program, the club also gets pupils looking at different types of computer systems (raspberry pi, retro computers) as well as game design and creation.
In Key Stage 3, pupils are taught a wide range of topics which cover the three main strands of Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Computer Science. As part of a 5-year curriculum, elements of GCSE Computer Science are introduced as early as Year 7 to stretch and challenge pupils. The scheme of work uses units developed by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) and are outlined below:
It is an innovative subject designed to challenge and inspire pupils to think logically, critically and creatively to solve problems.
Pupils who choose to study Computer Science at GCSE will build upon the skills and knowledge developed in Years 7,8 and 9. As pupils have been following the 5 year curriculum, the transition to GCSE from KS3 will be seamless. More challenge and GCSE aspects has been introduced at an earlier stage that helps our pupils prepare for their Computer Science qualification.
Exam Board: OCR GCSE (9-1) Computer Science (J277)
Outline of the Course:
GCSE Computer Science is a challenging and practical subject where learners can apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to solve real-world problems. It is an intensely creative subject that involves invention and excitement. The OCR Computer Science qualification will value computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve problems and design systems that do so. This GCSE is ideally suited to pupils who have a keen interest in computing, how computers work and enjoy programming. Pupils need to be dedicated, hardworking and keen to challenge themselves.
J277/02: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming