The Computing syllabus at Key Stage Three has received perhaps the most attention in the latest update to the National Curriculum for England and Wales. In recognition of the increasing importance of computer science all students are expected to learn at least two programming languages at Key Stage Three and we are able to deliver a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on this key element.
In addition to web design with HTML and CSS we have invested in Raspberry Pi computers to allow students to code with Python and design projects that test their skills on a practical level. We also look at the process of planning computer-based solutions, teaching students to consider factors like audience, life-cycle and cost.
In preparation for the demanding IGCSE in Computer Science offered in Year 10 we also study databases: how data can be stored and managed, as well as other basics of computing: Boolean logic, binary, computer hardware and networking.
As part of our commitment to produce not only technically proficient students, but also responsible ones, we include a heavy element of e-safety in each Key Stage Three year. This includes making students aware of their online presence, the potential risks of putting too much personal information online and the social impact of technology on society.