Mr Pete Redrup
Teacher of Computing
Mr Julian Pollard
Mr Rhys Lyford
Over 2 hours per fortnight all KS3 students follow the new Computing KS3 National Curriculum which is divided into 3 sections: Computing, IT and Digital Literacy. Students are taught in mixed ability groups. The lessons are delivered using a variety of teaching and learning methods. Students’ progress is monitored throughout the key stage by on-line tests and end of unit assessments.
Computing - students are given the opportunity to write computer programs; to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science: algorithmic thinking, generalisation, abstraction, decomposition and valuation IT - students are encouraged to become competent user of IT to aid successful learning. They are encouraged to develop their creativity, initiative, collaborative working and independent thinking skills.
Digital Literacy - students learn how to keep safe while utilising the power of the Internet and exploring the rapidly expanding world of digital communication. Students develop sound, transferable skills and the confidence to use IT hardware and software effectively.
Through Computing students follow enquiries and solve problems which enhances their skills in logical reasoning, questioning, analysis and research.
All students and their parents sign a Computer Use Agreement in which they agree to follow the expected code of behaviour when using the Chiltern Edge computer network and the internet. On arrival at Chiltern Edge students are issued with a username, password and an email address.
Continuing with Computing at KS4 is currently optional. Students have the choice of following a GCSE in Computing or IT.
GCSE COMPUTING (This course is offered to students with an aptitude for problem-solving.)
Examination Board: OCR GCSE in Computing
On this course students will:
• Develop an understanding of current and emerging technologies, understanding how they work and apply this knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts.
• Acquire and apply knowledge, some technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming.
• Use knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning users of IT, able to make informed decisions about its use, and aware of the implications of different technologies.
• Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts.
• Develop computer programs to solve problems.
• Develop the skills to work collaboratively.
• Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of and issues related to the use of computer technology in society.
For more details about this course visit: www.ocr.org.uk
Examination Board: WJEC GCSE in Information and Communication Technology.
On this course students will:
• Become independent and discerning users of IT.
• Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT and to develop IT-based solutions to solve problems and to work collaboratively.
• Develop understanding of current and emerging technologies and their social and commercial impact and the legal, social, economic, ethical, environmental issues and recognise potential risks surrounding IT use in society.
For more details about this course visit www.wjec.co.uk