Computing and IT
Welcome to the Computing and ICT Department at Callington
The Computing Curriculum at Callington gives students an insight into how computational thinking and creativity can be used to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with Mathematics, Science and Design & Technology. The core of Computing is Computer Science, in which students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. For students with a more artistic and creative flair there is the opportunity to study game design and website design through ICT.
Why Computing and ICT
- To give students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works
- To give students an insight into information and cyber security
- Allows students to develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills
- Provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in Computer Science
- Allow students to apply a creative flair to digital applications
Key Stage 3
At the start of years 7 and 8 students are taught how to stay safe in an ever-changing online world. This also includes copyright and the protection of digital work (online or otherwise). Then the curriculum takes a stronger bias toward Computing and Computer Science as follows:
- Algorithms with flowcharts
- Programming and game design in Scratch
- Programming the BBC Microbit Computer
- Website design with HTML
- An introduction to computer systems including hardware and software
- Computational thinking
- Python Programming
- Visual programming with Visual Basic and/or Gamemaker
- Year 8 Computing / ICT project
Key Stage 4
OCR GCSE Computer Science
Computing is of enormous importance to the economy, and the role of Computer Science as a discipline itself and as an ‘underpinning’ subject across science and engineering it is growing rapidly.
There are two paper-based external examinations:
- Paper 1: Computer Systems
- Paper 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms & Programming
There is a controlled assessment exercise which is a practical programming project in a high level language such as Python or Visual Basic.
GCSE Computer Science counts towards the English Baccalaureate science measure.
Edexcel Certificate in Digital Applications
The CiDA course is designed to stimulate imagination and creativity whilst developing real world practical skills, enabling students to exploit creative and commercial employment opportunities
For Unit 1 students will learn how to use web authoring tools to plan, design and build a web-based project. This unit is externally assessed.
For Unit 4 students will learn how to use Gamemaker, cross-platform professional game creation software popular with independent game developers and studios.
The expectation is that students will study a level 2 course. The delivery of the course, however, is structured in such a way to allow students to achieve a level 1 qualification if this is more appropriate.
Key Stage 5
The key stage 5 ICT and Computing Curriculum is currently under review with a view to courses re-commencing from September 2018.