Computing

Our Rationale:

Digitally literate citizens, with an astute awareness of their online presence and it’s lasting impact. They take all technological opportunities available confidently, using their skills to shape their ambitions.

Our Intent:

Computing is an Exciting field of study. Children should be aware that computers are involved in a vast array of everyday devices as well as some specific and highly technical application.  More rigour has been implemented in to the ICT curriculum and students now need to learn about the principles and application of computing together with digital literacy. Organisations and universities are looking for school leavers who are problem solvers and innovators.

 A high-quality computing education equips pupils to understand and change the world through computational thinking ... At the core of computing is the science and engineering discipline of computer science, in which pupils are taught how digital systems work, how they are designed and programmed, and the fundamental principles of information and computation. Building on this core, computing equips pupils to apply information technology to create products and solutions. A computing education also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

There is a growing trend to enable cross departmental link of STEM (Science, Maths, Technology and Engineering) with Computing. It is hoped that this new scheme of work will provide students with the foundation to develop their ability to use logic and computational thinking to solve a range of problems, whilst giving due regards to the ethics of their approach. It is hoped that students will develop a solid grounding to be able to progress to KS4 with confidence.

At the end of his/her Computing education at St Matthew's, we hope to inspire each student to:

  • Develop skills in using logic and computational thinking to solve a range of problems.
  • To recognise the range of application of computers both societal and for personal use.
  • Develop technical knowledge of how computer systems work.
  • Develop skills in effective collaboration and independent learning.
  • Develop, use and share digital content demonstrating safe, ethical and responsible use.
  • Develop Digital literacy skills through evaluating digital content and its impact on society.

Homework / Assessment:

Homework is set every 2 weeks, pupils’ complete various different types of homework activities: Internet Based Research, Workbook Activities; Consolidation of classwork group work, independent extension activities, & extension worksheets,

Formal assessments are completed each half-term, with end of year examinations for each year group taking place in July.  Teachers will also closely monitor progress through each topic with regular low-stakes testing, extended writing tasks and enquiry design.

Rewards and Recognition:

Students are encouraged to earn achievement points through the school reward system and are recognized for excellence on the recognition and reward boards

The enterprise department uses praise postcards to recognize the commitment and contribution to the subject area that pupils are making.