“The Computer Science department promotes a love of computing and strives for students to succeed in making themselves and others proud, building fundamental skills they need for their futures.
We believe that an environment where failure is accepted and used to build self confidence, as well as resilience, is key for a healthy mind and body”
Mr J Muldoon ~ Leader of Learning
ICT and Computer Science - Curriculum Intent
The curriculum is designed to ensure students studying GCSE Computer Science or Vocational ICT have a grounding in the fundamental concepts covered at KS4. Students start with the ‘big picture’, studying Digital Safety, Hardware and Algorithms, giving them the skills to access later topics such as Programming and System Architecture where students study the mathematical makeup of machines.
Over the two years, students learn to program in several languages, starting with block-based languages before progressing to High-Level languages. The development of programming skills is also built into physical Computing tasks such as coding micro bits to effectively apply the knowledge learnt in earlier Algorithms and Programming units.
Key Principle 1 - Gospel Values
Gospel values are embedded throughout our curriculum, teaching and classroom environment. To develop positive attitudes to study and education as lifelong sources of personal satisfaction and as a means of developing the individual's talents for the benefit of the wider community.
They share best practice in lessons they are patient and empathise with others when having difficulty with projects. Achievement through effort and hard work, commitment
to see a job through to the end. Care and compassion in a computer environment.
Students at The Becket are very compassionate; they very often give a helping hand to their peers when coding or working on IT skills. They consider the social, moral and
environmental issues surrounding computing and IT.
Key Principle 2 - Powerful Knowledge
Powerful Knowledge in Computing is based on the ability to abstract and decompose a problem to produce a solution through thorough investigation. Students have opportunities throughout the curriculum to produce robust and considered solutions to problems posed in class. Alongside this, it is important that students develop
an understanding of how the hardware within a computer functions, removing the ‘black box’ nature of technology
Key Principle 3 - Enrichment
Students have the opportunity to enter a range of National Competitions these include:
● Bebras Computing Challenge
● Cyber Security Challenge
● The Oxford computing challenge
Students can also access girls and boys coding clubs in year 7 and 8.