Aims

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A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.

Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.

The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.

Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.

Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

Key Stage 3

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The primary aim of the computing department is to provide students with the opportunity to embrace technology and to inspire them within the subject. Our students enjoy learning about how computers function as well as the challenge of problem solving, and this subject provides the perfect platform for them to discover their full potential within the area of computer science.

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

At Westborough High School pupils are taught to design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems. They also understand several key algorithms that reflect computational thinking (for example, ones for sorting and searching); use logical reasoning to compare the utility of alternative algorithms for the same problem. Pupils are taught to use two or more programming languages, at least one of which is textual, to solve a variety of computational problems; make appropriate use of data structures (for example, lists, tables or arrays); design and develop modular programs that use procedures or functions.

Key Stage 4

Industries such as science, engineering, health care, banking, construction and transport use computers to solve problems, so naturally computer scientists are in demand. It’s up to the computer scientist to figure out the how; essentially plan, robustly design and comprehensively tests the solution before application. It is Westborough High School’s aim to equip and prepare pupils, who have chosen this subject, to face the challenges associated when confronted with computer related problems. At the end of the course, pupils are able to:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
  • Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • Understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • Understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
  • Apply mathematical skills relevant to computer science