Digital technology is driving extraordinary global changes that some are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Navigating these changes effectively and safely requires a significant understanding of digital literacy, information technology and computer science. We intend for students not only to be digitally competent but also to be responsible online citizens. Our curriculum provides an ambitious, high quality computing education which equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing education is important because it has social, cultural and economic benefits and allows students to become active participants in our increasingly digital society. Powerful knowledge in computing is based on the ability to abstract and decompose a problem to produce a solution through thorough investigation, an example of this is designing and creating a mobile app by identifying the necessary information required to make the app successful.
Our well sequenced curriculum uses both declarative and procedural knowledge across key content areas of computing that students will learn throughout their time at Icknield High School. It is important that teachers consider students’ level of expertise when deciding on teaching approaches and resources. Students are base line assed at the start of the year to identify students level of expertise when deciding teaching approaches and resources.
- Computer Science - Students use two or more programming languages such as Scratch and Python, to solve a variety of computational problems.
- Information technology – Students create, re-use, revise and re-purpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability through units such as Using media:gaining support for a cause, animation and vector graphics.
- Digital literacy – Students understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns.
Computing sets out the transformative rationale for the subject and the profound impact is has on humanity. Knowledge of computing contextualises the chronicle history of computing and explains how computing is used in the modern world. Knowledge of computing contexts also includes emerging technologies and associated fields, such as data science and artificial intelligence, which are set shape our future.
Lessons are delivered with explicit instructional where independent problems and projects can be effective for making discoveries. Computing can lead onto many careers and these include: Application analysis, cyber security analyst, data analyst, software engineer, web designer, web developer, penetration tester and games developer to name a few.
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