ICT / Computer Science

What is the curriculum trying to achieve?

To educate learners for the world of tomorrow, we provide them with the opportunity to learn the key ideas of computer science, to understand computational thinking, to learn to program and to have the opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence in these activities.  

We live in a world where computer technology surrounds us every moment of the day. Understanding how that technology works is a fundamental new literacy. Our aim is to equip students to become creators – not just consumers – of computer technology.  

The Computing curriculum aims to be inclusive for all students. Students are given a wide range of activities to vary how computing is studied, so that students can access learning through a variety of differing media. Tasks are progressive in difficulty, to allow all to access the curriculum, whilst plenty of challenge is being developed in extension activities and extra curricula activities.  

How do we organise learning?     

Each of our subjects organises learning to achieve our federation vision of ‘Educating today’s students for the world of tomorrow: a seamless education from 4 to 19’.  Please click here to see a visual map of students’ planned ‘learning journey’ in computing across Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.

To see more detail on what we teach at each Key Stage, please click the relevant links below:

Year 10 curriculum summary

Year 11 curriculum summary

Year 12 curriculum summary

Year 13 curriculum summary

Anything else?

If you have any questions about our curriculum or require more information, please contact the Head of Faculty by emailing contact@thedownsschool.org

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