“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 students in Key Stage 3 will be issued with a new A4 exercise book each Learning Programme (Term). This clearly outlines week-by-week the curriculum content both in class and at home. There are 3 Learning Programmes in total LP1 (September to Christmas) LP2 (January to Easter) LP3 (Easter to July).
Drama, Music and PE are working with Learning Journals throughout Key Stage 3.
All students in Key Stage 4 will be issued with a new A4 exercise book each Learning Programme (Term) or Unit (Relating to the Qualification being studied).
There are no Learning Programmes for Key Stage 5 subjects. The Curriculum Overview for each course can be found in the Year 12 and Year 13 tabs.
All Learning Programmes will be displayed on the first page of all exercise books. Each Learning Programme can found in the separate tab for each Year Group.
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 an extra hour in years 8 and 9.
At KS4, students can opt for either AQA GCSE Computer Science or WJEC GCSE ICT. We’re really proud to say that our 2014 GCSE results were 87% A* - C with 30% at grades A or A*.
We offer three different courses at Key Stage 5 to meet the needs of a variety of students. These qualifications are OCR A Level ICT, WJEC A Level Computing and Edexcel BTEC ICT Practitioners. Our 2014 results were:
A Level Computing – 100% pass, 33% grade A or B.
A Level ICT - 100% pass, 40% at grade A or B.
BTEC – 100% distinction or distinction star.