1) DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW STATEMENT
We want our pupils to understand and play an active role in the digital world that surrounds them and not to be passive consumers of an opaque and mysterious technology. Our lessons are built around Computational Thinking (CT) as a problem solving process which students can apply to solve problems across a wide range of disciplines.
2) PROGRAMMES OF STUDY
Where possible the department aims to organise enrichment for students to explore computing beyond the classroom. At KS3 students are encouraged to participate in STEM challenges and we offer a variety of trips such as to Teen Tech where students get to handle cutting edge technology and work with Engineers, Technologists and Scientists to solve real world challenges. Further the department has strong links with Cisco where KS4 students attend work experience and workshops to see cybersecurity, network and software development in action. Sixth form students are encouraged to attend computing conferences to see how computing is transforming business and society and take an IT specific work experience placement.
4) HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD
The best way to support your child in Computing is by encouraging students to practise their coding and problem solving skills away from the classroom. There are a variety of websites especially created with students needs in mind where students can practice their coding skills.
BBC Microbit: http://microbit.org/
Code Academy: https://www.codecademy.com/
For further information, contact: Sukhjeet Gill, firstname.lastname@example.org