“The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.” – Mark Weiser, XEROX
The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life.
ICT capability encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding of how to apply these skills in learning, everyday life and employment. It is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society.
Computing can be used to find, develop, analyse and present information as well as to model situations and solve problems. Of course, they also enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures, enabling pupils to collaborate and exchange information on a wide scale.
ICT acts as a powerful force for change in society and citizens should have an understanding of the social, ethical, legal and economic implications of its use. As they improve their own capability, pupils are able to make informed judgements about when and where to use ICT to enhance their learning and the quality of their work.
In Year 7 and 8, the Computing course is integrated into the STEMM curriculum. Students cover a broad range of topics, delivered through exciting projects which provide varied opportunities for them to shine. This includes a strong focus on Internet Safety, Computer Control, Web design, Robotics and Data Handling.
At GCSE level, the course is intended to build on young people’s love of digital devices. It explores how technology impacts on every aspect of our daily lives: learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and well-being and on the move.
Computing will always complement and improve the skill sets of students who wish to go on to a career in medicine, law, business, politics or any type of science.