Computer science


Our Vision is to provide a progressive, knowledge rich KS3 curriculum which flows across the years and is underpinned by the four Computational Thinking Skills (Algorithmic Thinking; Problem Solving; Abstraction and Decomposition). This will be achieved through a comprehensive 2 year curriculum model where we will be establishing key knowledge and skills that include effective practical and analytical approaches with Literacy and numeracy embedded throughout. The computational knowledge and skills developed by learners will provide them with a secure foundation to access computing at GCSE, post 16 and consequently STEM related career aspirations.

Mr C Patterson,
Head of Department

STUDYING Computer Science AT KS3

1 hour per week

Year 7 and 8

Students will be learning different applications of these combined skills and applications of knowledge relating to six broad strands of assessment theme. The themes are:

  • Algorithms
  • Programming & Development
  • Data & Data Representation
  • Communications & Networks
  • Hardware & Processing
  • Information Technology

These strands are taken from the National Curriculum for Computing and all content taught is mapped back to aspects for these six strands.