The aim of learning Computer Science is to enable students to become active participants in the digital world.
Some will look at computing as a (very well paid!) career, but everybody will use technology in their everyday life. This means that it is vital that we (and across the whole school) support pupils to be respectful users in considering people at the other end of a connection. They will be taught how to stay safe and how to get help when things do go wrong. They will learn to search efficiently for information and avoid fraudulent sites and emails.
Pupils will learn some coding techniques. This is not just important to prepare for a career in computing- learning to break down a problem and solve it in a novel way is excellent for developing thinking skills and is shown to support their learning in other subjects.
At KS3, all pupils have one computing lesson each week. They follow the national curriculum with these three strands:
BBC Bitesize is an excellent start, with information, quizzes and video clips.
We take part in the Hour of Code each December, but the resources are available all year-round. They include some computing activities that don't need the internet or even a computer!
A Raspberry Pi (the 'zero' is from ~£10) is a tiny computer that can connect to a TV or monitor and has been used for amazing projects while being a great introduction to coding.
The NSPCC has excellent resources to help keep children and families safe online.
Mr T Hewetson - Curriculum Lead, based at the Grove Centre