At St Peter’s we aim to encourage all of our students to become confident in computational thinking.
Computational thinking allows us to take a complex problem, understand what the problem is and develop possible solutions. We can then present these solutions in a way that a computer, a human, or both, can understand.
We introduce to our students many new exciting websites for teaching and learning to ensure students are able to access the new technologies available to them. Students are taught thinking skills to become more independent learners.
Our computing curriculum engages all learners through developing computational thinking skills and practical projects.
Throughout the years the students build on the core content they have learnt in the previous year. The students are then challenged with using new software and new skills and knowledge each year.
Year 7 & 8
In years 7 and 8 the students are introduced to concepts of computing and basic programming skills. Students are introduced to GCSE content to ensure a deeper understanding of the subject which will help with choosing options in year 8. The lessons are a mix of theory and practical which mirrors the GCSE computing course that is studied from year 9 to year 11.
In year 9 students start the GCSE computing course. The course followed at St Peter’s is the OCR course. In year 9 students focus mostly on the programming content which introduces students to the more practical aspect of the course. In this year the foundations for the course are laid and students become confident in the many key terms that are included in the course. Many programming tasks will take place in class and for home learning to ensure students are confident in programming for their controlled assessment in year 11. The language we are using is Python and students are encouraged to practice this as early as year 7 and build on it each year.
In year 10 students will begin to focus on the theory element of the course, but continuing to improve on their programming work from year 9.
In year 11 students will consolidate all they have learnt over the past 4 years. The controlled assessment will take place early in year 11 to ensure there is plenty of time to revise for the two written exams in the summer term. At this stage students will feel very confident with both theory and programming.