Curriculum Intent

“Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination.”

– Albert Einstein

The teaching of essential and high-quality IT skills ensures our young people, when they leave us, can engage positively and productively in the modern work place. Understanding and developing Computer Science skills enables our students to also take an active part in the design, development and creation processes that underpin the ongoing technological developments that shape the world in which they live. Fundamentally, therefore, studying Computer Science means to study and gain a stronger understanding of how technology works, can be developed and is utilised in a responsible way.

Technology advances constantly and people are always working on new and inventive ways to use it. Our Computer Science curriculum reflects this and is designed to:

  • Develop literacy and numeracy skills through software development, problem solving and evaluation skills
  • Promote and develop digital-specific literacy, supporting students in finding, creating, evaluating and communicating digital content.
  • Provide an exciting, practical focus on real-life programming and expose students to potential IT and Computing career opportunities.
  • Evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • Build connections and make use of understanding gained in other subjects, including Design Technology, Maths, Science and PHSE.
  • Foster curiosity and deeper-thinking skills in all our learners
  • Produce responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay

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