Key Principles/Purpose of Study:
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to understand and change the world through computational thinking. It develops and requires logical thinking and precision. It combines creativity with rigour: pupils apply underlying principles to understand real-world systems, and to create purposeful and usable artefacts. More broadly, it provides a lens through which to understand both natural and artificial systems, and has substantial links with the teaching of mathematics, science, and design and technology. At the core of computing is the science and engineering discipline of computer science, in which pupils are taught how digital systems work, how they are designed and programmed, and the fundamental principles of information and computation. Building on this core, computing equips pupils to apply information technology to create products and solutions. A computing education also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Aims and Objectives:
Key Stage 2
At Littlegreen we follow the new programme of study for computing. This is made up of three strands:
- Computing – children solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts, design and debug programs & use logical reasoning to predict outcomes
- Information Technology – children use and create systems that solve problems
- Digital Literacy - children use technology safely and respectfully as they develop an understanding of how things work and the role digital devices play in our lives.
Key Stage 3 & 4
Computing lessons at Littlegreen School aims for confident, creative and productive use of ICT & Computing to encourage essential skills for life. ICT & Computing capability includes learning technical skills and techniques, and the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly.
- Use a range of information with different characteristics, structures and purposes and evaluate how it matches requirements and its fitness for purpose.
- Use of a variety of information sources in a range of context.
- Use and review of the effectiveness of different ICT & computing tools, including a range of software applications.
- Learn logical reasoning, algorithmic thinking, design and structured problem solving
- Develop an understanding of the need to:
- Employ safe working practices
- Keep information secure
- Manage information
- The impact of ICT & computing on individuals, communities and society.
- Problem solve using programming
Cambridge Nationals Certificate ICT
ICT skills are essential for success in employment, in higher education and are one of the fundamental transferrable skills required by employers. Cambridge Nationals deliver these skills across the whole group, effectively engaging and inspiring students of all abilities, to achieve great things.
What are the benefits of OCR Cambridge Nationals?
- Takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment.
- Teaches basic ICT skills required for business use
- Contains a wide range of units within the creative strand to allow students to explore the world of digital media
- Is geared towards key sector requirements
- Is very popular with schools and colleges because it suites such a broad range of learning styles and abilities.
- It has been created in partnership with teachers, students, education specialists and industry-leading employers
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