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Computing

Staffing

Mrs H Harber, Head of Computing and Business

Mr Z Patel, Mrs Bonson

Mrs L Rhodes-Werner

 

Facilities

Classes are taught in Computer rooms.

 

Overview

‘I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tools we’ve ever created.  They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.’     

Bill Gates

 

In the Computing Department we are committed to give all pupils, regardless of ability, an understanding of the role that Computing plays in the world in which they live alongside a practical understanding of the uses of a range of computing technologies.  In providing pupils with these problem solving, logical and computational skills, it is expected that their knowledge and understanding develops as they apply these across the curriculum.

 

In addition to lessons, the department runs a number of lunchtime clubs to promote computer programming and these are open to all year groups.

 

Key Stage 3 Programme of Study

Our KS3 Curriculum, builds upon the KS2 Computing Programme of Study.  

 

We recognise that Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, as well as design and technology such as applying mathematical skills relevant to computer science and enabling students to problem solve. Also, it provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. Pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming in Python. 

 

Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves whilst developing their ideas through, information and communication technology. This can be seen across the curriculum.

 

Key Stage 4 Programme of study

Our programme of study builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills introduced at Key Stage 3.

Our aim is to enable all student to:

 

• understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation

 

• analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs.

 

• think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically

 

• understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society

 

What advanced courses can this subject lead on to?

GCSE Computer can be the basis for further study at College including A level Computing or other Vocational Courses.

 

What might this subject lead to after leaving school?

  • Computer related degree degrees
  • Careers in Programming, Networking, Database Administrator, Computer Hardware Engineer, Web Developer etc…

 

Where do I go to find out more?

 

OCR GCSE Specification: Computer Science

 

Woodhey High School,
Bolton Road West,
Ramsbottom, Bury,
BL0 9QZ