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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

Our Values

Faith in the presence of God

Concern for the poor and social justice

Quality education

Respect for all persons

Inclusive community

an awareness of the living presence of God in our world, and a calling to see the world through the eyes of faith

a calling to support the poor and victims of injustice, through community service and justice education

to provide an education that is second to none, so that our students will not just contribute to society, but will transform it

that we are all children of God and, as such, at the heart of our education we must respect the dignity of all persons

we respect and value diversity, which means that nobody is left out or left behind, and that we embrace the unique stories and qualities that each of us bring to the world.

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Trust Information

St Simon Stock Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.

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