Computer Science Department

The Four Dwellings Computing department offers a varied and challenging curriculum to our pupils. We have access to six networked rooms of modern PC's operating on Windows 7.

Computer Science is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching ICT and Computer Science we equip children to participate in a rapidly-changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. We enable them to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. The aims is to enable children:

  • To develop valuable thinking and programming skills that are extremely attractive in the modern workplace.
  • To develop a deep understanding of computational thinking and how to apply it through a chosen programming language
  • Pupils will also learn:
  • to develop ICT capability in finding, selecting and using information;
  • to use ICT for effective and appropriate communication;
  • to apply hardware and software to creative and appropriate uses of information;
  • to use their ICT skills to develop their language and communication skills;
  • to apply their ICT skills and knowledge to their learning in other areas;to explore their attitudes towards ICT/Computing and its value to them and society in general. For example, to learn about issues of security, confidentiality and accuracy.

KS3 (7-9)

Key Stage 4 (10 and 11)

  • OCR – Computer Science (1 GCSE) this carefully planned course gives students a real, in depth understanding of how computer technology works. It offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing. Examination consists of two papers (50% each). Students will use OCR Programming Project tasks to develop their practical ability in the skills developed in their exam units.
  • Edexcel- Level 2 Creative Media Production (BTEC) (1 GCSE)

The Edexcel Level 2 Creative Media Production has been designed to engage and enthuse young people with an interest in creative computing, for example digital graphics and animations, interactive multimedia products and computer games. The course consists of:

§  Internally assessed coursework (30%)

§  Internally assessed coursework (30%)

§  Externally assessed coursework (40%)

The department sets regular homework which is built into the Schemes of Work. This is normally evaluation or research based, but could be practical, particularly for Key Stage 4 and 5

Useful programming resources:

1.    Codeacademy 

2.    Hour of Code