ICT and Computer Science
ICT & Computer Science Curriculum Intent Statement
Our intent is to promote computational thinking and digital creativity. We want our students to develop the foundations to enable them to be discerning, life-long learners in a fast moving landscape. We want the students to assess the effects of this sometimes disruptive influence and make changes based on a solid knowledge of the technology sector.
ICT & Computer Science Vision
The vision for the department is to provide a balanced and informed curriculum across all key stages in the school. The aim is for the students to be active and engaged users and creators in the emerging digital economy. The curriculum is designed to allow students to have access to both computer Science and Information Technology and make informed choices on how they pursue the subjects as they continue their learning journey through the school. The vision is for the students to learn transferable skills that can be applied to legacy subjects to speed up the research and analysis required to pinpoint key information to further progress in these subjects.
ICT & Computer Science Purpose
A high-quality computing education equips students 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. Information Technology ensures that students 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. As active, aware and informed participants in the digital world. We also aim for the students to leave their education here with the skill set to keep their knowledge up to date in the ever changing digital technology landscape.
Curriculum Breakdown of the two subjects
|Information Technology||Computer Science|
|How computer systems are used||How computer systems work|
|People are central to the subject||Computation is central to the subject|
|Concerned with the development of IT systems, with particular emphasis on the effects on end users||Concerned with algorithmic thinking, and the ways in which a real-world problem can be decomposed in order to construct a working solution|
|Focuses on building a business/application solution mainly by using a combination of currently available software||Develops new systems by writing new software|
|Emphasis on choosing and evaluating, appropriate software||Emphasis on principles and techniques for building new software (or hardware). Programming is a central technique|
|Information Technology supports human activity||Computation is a “lens” through which we can understand the natural world, and the nature of thought itself, in a new way|
|Tending towards applied/vocational||Trending towards academic|