It is our intent for the Computing element of our school curriculum is to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage students to experience a full, broad and ambitious set of learning opportunities linked to the whole school curriculum, the school CHRIST values, KS3 national curriculum & the needs of employers. Our curriculum is intended to be a complex, creative and skilled experience that enables learners to apply theoretical knowledge & practical skills into challenging outcomes. Our subject allows pupils to develop socially through teamwork & creatively through independent computing projects. We intend that all learners no matter their prior attainment or barriers to learning, access a challenging curriculum that builds them in scaffolded stages towards becoming our next generation of Computer Scientists, through progression onto 6th Form, FE College, University Degrees or Apprenticeships. Excellence within Computing would mean each student leaving Blue Coat with a sound grasp of theoretical and practical coding skills that would enable them to participate in wider society. Students should be enabled to use the knowledge, skills & understanding beyond school and apply them creatively to a range of problems in the real world. So students who complete our 7 year curriculum will be:
- Capable of explaining the inner workings of a computer and able to replace simple parts.
- Able to explain how computers communicate both wirelessly and using wires.
- Confident in their use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and able to send e-mails with professional etiquette.
- Able to use computers and the internet safely, and advise others on how to do the same.
This will enable all students to live life in all its fullness and develop into competent and confident computer scientists.