Mission Statement

Communication is essential to the Gospel. Without it, the messages that we were called to proclaim and express would never reach out. Our modern technology gives us a greater opportunity to learn about Christ and to spread his message.

The Computing & ICT Department is part of a Catholic Christian Community and has a mission to promote the use of ICT, to enhance understanding, knowledge and appreciation of God’s universe. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

In fulfilling our mission we will provide resources, time and a comfortable environment to allow every pupil to:

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

  • analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems;

  • evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems;

  • learn to be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

 

The department is committed to delivering an education that equips learners for life in the Information Age of the 21st Century. We whole heartedly believe that Computing is a hugely powerful medium for transforming teaching and enabling the learning process to be enhanced, extended and enriched. Our aim is to foster and develop such experiences for our pupils.

Departmental Aims

  • To develop, maintain and stimulate pupils' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Computing and to encourage pupils to have open, enquiring minds and to perceive Computing & ICT in the context of a wider body of knowledge, skills and vocabulary. Pupils should ideally become autonomous users of ICT with the associated skills supporting life long study, the pursuit of personal interests and prospective employment in a modern technological society.

  • To enable pupils to acquire appropriate, transferable Computing skills, knowledge and understanding. To develop pupils’ confidence and practical skills in using the Computing across the curriculum.

  • To promote an informed use of computers in a manner which does not compromise health and safety. To help pupils to acquire the language associated with Computing and to use this correctly.

  • To offer innovative approaches to learning and to assist pupils to become effective at managing their own learning and to encourage them to become independent self learners and participate in e learning environments.

  • To provide the opportunity for all students to gain a Computing or ICT qualification appropriate for their needs.

 

Literacy Statement

The Computing & ICT Department provides opportunities to enhance the writing, reading and oral skills of students through lessons and assessments. Students who are literate in ICT will be able to:

  • extract particular information from texts;

  • infer and deduce meanings using evidence in the text;

  • use appropriate terminology;

  • use writing to explore and develop ideas;

  • organise texts in ways that are appropriate to their content;

  • explain complex ideas and information clearly;

  • recognise bias;

  • use talk to question;

  • compare the presentation of ideas;

  • develop research and study skills;

  • structure and organise writing;

  • record, develop and evaluate ideas through writing.

 

Year 7

  • E-safety

  • Email and use of windows

  • Using basic algorithms to solve problems

  • Using scratch to create a game

  • Basic use of HTML

  • Basic coding and problem solving

 

Year 8

  • How computers work

  • Binary

  • Computer hardware and software

  • Developing an app

  • Intro to Python

 

Year 9

  • Networks and the Internet

  • Further Python

  • Further HTML and CSS

  • Using video, sound, graphics and animation to create multimedia

 

Year 10 & 11