Develop learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding through key computational concepts and experience. The KS3 curriculum has been designed to ensure learners have sufficient knowledge to stay safe online and use computers safely in life. The KS3 curriculum also provides a focus on developing resilient learners who are able to recover from mistakes and effectively solve problems. The topics at KS3 give a basis of knowledge, skills and understanding to allow students to progress onto appropriate computing and ICT based courses according to the individual needs of the student.
The rationale of the KS4 curriculum is for students to develop the mindset of a computer scientist built upon the foundations at KS3. Learners have the opportunity to develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science and ICT, preparing them to be able to use computing and ICT skills to maximize their potential in the working world.
In Computing, we implement this through the delivery of a high quality of education which places developing the computing concepts at the forefront of planning. Each scheme of learning is prefaced by its own intent, implementation and impact rationale, underpinned by a deep understanding of the computational concepts. In the schemes of learning assessment is a meaningful vehicle for learning, of learning and as learning to ensure we make a profound positive difference to all students. Various quality assurance activities are undertaken to rigorously ensure that the implementation of the computing curriculum has maximum impact.
The Computing curriculum at The Observatory School will make a profound, positive impact to the outcomes of all learners. Pupils will be equipped with traits that reflect resilient learners. We will know that this is true as we are delivering a high standard of education, quality assured through qualitative and quantitate measures such as:
- Attainment and Achievement outcomes
- Observing lessons and scrutinising planning
- Student voice
- Destination data
- Attendance data
- Behaviour data
- OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 2
- ECDL Level 1 and 2
Learners with improved computer skills enjoy an enriched educational experience and are better prepared for life, work and further learning. The Computing Curriculum embeds CEIAG into its Schemes of Work. Please see below for details.
- The ECDL course which some pupils take in Key Stage 4 is focused on developing skills for the working world. The ECDL help pupils gain high computer literacy standards with many UK companies setting the ECDL as a mandatory requirement.
- The department gives pupils the opportunity to attend industry visits related to Computing. These have to date included trips to Manchester Airport, local colleges and The Science Museum.
- Pupils work on CV's in Key Stage 4. They look at what makes a successful CV and use their Computing Skills to make their own.
- Many pupils go on to study Computing relating courses when they leave The Observatory School. Former pupils are invited back to talk to pupils on how they are getting on at college and what completing a Computing Course is like.
- Good links have been made with UCreate. UCreate gives schools an exciting and unique opportunity to write and produce content using actual real world briefs and they give career advice from major brands. Pupils have completed projects both in class and with industry specialists. In our most recent project pupils wrote and made an advert working with a producer from Juice FM.