ICT/Computer Science

ICT/Computer Science - Curriculum Statement of Intent

As the world of digital technology rapidly advances, we are dedicated to providing an effective and ambitious curriculum, that ensures pupils are supported in developing the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive as digital natives. Our curriculum covers three main areas; Computer Science (writing computer programs), Information Technology (understanding how networks and computer systems store, retrieve, and send data), Digital Literacy (using technology respectfully and responsibly); with computational thinking and creativity being our central focal point throughout.  

All through the computing curriculum, pupils are introduced to various programs, software, and programming languages such as Microsoft Office, Scratch, The App Lab, Code.Org, Python, HTML and JavaScript. Such a variety of resources ensures students are able to express themselves across different mediums, while developing highly sought-after skills which will enable pupils to become effective citizens in the world of employment, entrepreneurship, and innovation. 

Our KS3 Computing curriculum has deep links with Mathematics, Science, Business, Media, Art, and Design Technology. These cross-curricula links promote the development of transferrable skills, while providing opportunities for students to apply the principles of computational thinking and creativity to other aspects of their daily lives. Ultimately, all students are taught to understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognising inappropriate content, contact and conduct and knowing how to report concerns. 

Our KS4 curriculum equips students to understand aspects of information technology and computer science in sufficient depth to allow them to progress to higher levels of study or to a professional career.  We offer both Computer Science and IT courses, which will enable students to follow their chosen career path and further improve their wide range of skills that are used in the modern world. 

In KS5 Level 2 and Level 3 IT courses students develop essential life skills through the curriculum, with an emphasis on students’ digital literacy. We offer a broad and balanced range of activities allowing all students to develop an area of passion. Students take more responsibility for their own learning by reflecting on and responding to assessment and feedback.  This builds on habits developed in prior key stages. High expectations are set by teaching staff demonstrating belief in everyone’s ability to achieve. 

Our students are provided with various enrichment opportunities, including trips and the coding club. We want our students to develop a wide range of digital skills that will equip them with choices for when they leave our school in order for them to strive, succeed and surpass in their future lives. 

At Key Stage 3 students will study the following:

Ks3 ltp table 1

At Key Stage 4, you can read about the courses on offer in our Options Booklet

2023 Year 9 Options Booklet

At Key Stage 5, you can read about the courses on offer in our Sixth Form Prospectus

2023 Sixth Form Options Blocks

For more detailed information about the ICT/Computer Science curriculum, please email the subject leader Ms M Bhutta on m.bhutta@ecaterham.net


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