“Could we ever build a computer that knows everything?”
Computers are now part of everyday life and, for most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill that all pupils must learn if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in the digital world.
Our department prides itself on teaching engaging and challenging lessons that motivate our students to become self-motivated learners who can use their skills to aid their learning both in and out of school.
Learning skills such as personal organisation, time management, self-reflection and the ability to make mistakes and learn from them are given particular emphasis. Nobody knows which button to press all the time, and it’s how we cope when we don’t know what to do that really shows how good a learner we are.
All student work in computing is completed in an online electronic notebook called onenote. Learning programs and all lesson resources are distributed by this method. Students can access this both in school and at home by going to onenote.com and typing in their school email address (students have been provided this in lesson).
Homework I also distributed by this method, should students have a problem with completing homework via this method computing rooms and the library are open at lunchtimes in order to assist with this completion.
Students at Key stage 3 will have a new onenote notebook for each year of study
Students at key stage 4 will keep all content in their onenote notebook throughout their 3 years of study.
Students at key stage 5 will keep their content in onenote for both AS and A-Level.
The computing curricula at St Mary’s have been developed to equip our young people with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives.
Through the new programme of study for computing at KS3, they will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, they will develop their ideas using technology, and create a range of digital content. Our learners have one hour of computing per week, with the chance to opt for Computing or a Vocational IT Course at Key Stage 4
We offer two different courses at Key Stage 5 to meet the needs of a variety of students. These qualifications are AQA A Level Computing and OCR CTeC IT Practitioners. These courses are designed in order to provide students with the experience and knowledge to equip them either for university or a degree apprenticeship in the area of Computing allowing students to study and gain higher level qualifications at the same time.