Computing is the process of using computer technology to complete a given goal-oriented task. Computing may encompass: the design and development of software and hardware systems; structuring, processing and managing information; and creating and using different media for entertainment and communication.
Computing in Saint John Houghton School is a broad and rich discipline that has something for everyone; beyond its core concepts and ideas it connects with many other subjects. It is a discipline which promotes maths, logical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills.
All our learners have the opportunity to create, invent, explore and simulate the world around them. The role of computing is inescapable within society and the workplace; the workforce of tomorrow will need a solid level of computing literacy and through our curriculum we aim to prepare them for this, enabling them to understand and harness the power of technology to make good decisions and solve new problems.
In key stage 3 all students will have the opportunity to learn about the fundamental principles within computing. We are guided by the national curriculum which aims to ensure that learners:
- Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- Can analyse problems in computational terms and have repeated practical experiences of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
In key stage 4 we offer two options allowing students to follow pathways in either Computer Science or ICT (creating and using media). Both enable students to build on and acquire a greater depth of knowledge and skills in preparation for their next life stage.