Computing

Why do we study Computing at Christ’s College?

Ethos
With an ever-advancing world of technology Computing is unquestionably a vital part of Christ’s College Curriculum and as such our Christian ethos is woven into this to underpin its core values. Technology continues to have a powerful impact on the world, and it is because of the gifts of wisdom, vision, abilities, and analysis that God’s creations have mastered we are able to live in this technological ‘age’.

Throughout our program of study for Computing we endeavour to critically reflect on the values that have shaped this technological world, more-over reveal the consequences of such technology. We strive to discover how the effects of technology can be seen as a potent tool either for righteousness and justice, or as an instrument that enslaves and undermines a peaceful and just society.

As part of Computing at Christ’s College we consider the moral, social, political and legal challenges of technology alongside its virtues.  We appreciate that technology can bring enormous benefits to mankind and to his stewardship, however we need to be aware of its limitations and problems. It is because of this we strive to ensure our students become Masters of Technology and not slaves to it. Technology forms an enormous part of our everyday lives; therefore, we aim to model and teach our students how to use technology safely, responsibly, respectfully and securely. We aim to afford our students the opportunity to look at the rule of law and individual liberty, alongside tolerance and positivity, allowing them to distinguish fact from opinion as well as exploring freedom of speech.

Computing provides tools for supporting students creative thinking cross-curricular, we want our students to develop to be creators of technology, our broad and balanced curriculum encompasses computer science, information technology and digital literacy.

Curriculum
At Christ’s College, we understand the importance of Computing in every aspect of our daily life, it is taught as a core subject throughout EYFS. KS1, KS2 and KS3. The subject then develops in three strands at KS4. All the objectives set for Computing are at least as ambitious as The National Curriculum for Computing, with KS4 courses linked to the exam board specifications.

We recoginse the importance of the subject, as such we aim to deliver a Computing education that equips our students with the confidence and skills to use computational thinking and creativity as they become active members of society in this ever-evolving world of technology. We aim to enable our students to use their skills to discover, investigate, create, evaluate and present information as well as understand the importance of reliable sourcing.

The curriculum includes three strands to form “Computing” this includes Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Within these three strands we aim to build the resilience of our students when thinking computationally, develop their understanding of how digital systems work, build a strong understanding of the risks associated with technology and equip them with the skills to think critically and keep themselves safe.

The Computing curriculum requires an understanding of specialist vocabulary, and this is taught and built up over time. Effective questioning is used to develop the students thought process. Being able to remain resilient is a key part of being able to solve problems, we encourage students to be actively engaged in projects and case study related learning to help develop their understanding of project life cycles, which in turn develops their ability to solve problems in the face of any obstacle they may encounter.

Community
Where possible the Computing curriculum makes links to the local context of Sunderland, including but not limited to the use of technology in manufacturing such as Nissan.

Linking to local, national, and multi-national businesses is paramount in promoting this subject to all students; especially in light of a gender gap, especially in Computing, where it is seen more male students are engaging with it than female students. This helps show students that all avenues are possible no matter what gender, background, or ability you can succeed.

It is the aim of Christ’s College to offer our students enrichment opportunities including careers fairs, enrichment clubs, visits to nearby universities and talks from local successful people in industry.

We endeavour to ensure that the curriculum we provide gives our students the skills, knowledge, confidence, and drive to continue to develop their learning in the next stages of their life journey.

Character
Character development is also a vital part of our school ethos; we aim to ensure our students are Valued, Challenged, and Inspired in their learning alongside developing their character through our virtues of Love, Wisdom, Fairness, Self-Control, Courage, Humility, and Integrity. We also endeavour to develop students Curiosity, Independence, Resilience, Passion, Perseverance and Social Intelligence.

 

Subject Staff
Secondary Faculty Lead & Teacher: Mr C Williams

 

Curriculum Overview
Reception to Year 9