At Childwall Abbey School our learners develop the understanding of Digital Literacy, Computer Science and ICT.
The National Curriculum for Computing is adapted and taught to all pupils from year 7 to year 9, taking into account the needs of individual learners. During year 10 and year 11, learners begin the process of exam coursework and online testing to gain qualifications and prepare for lifelong learning.
Nurture & Key Stage 3
Learners are introduced to the three areas of Computing, whereby they are immersed into concepts and approaches to become ‘Computational Thinkers’.
We are all computational thinkers! When you think about it, whether we’re parents, pupils or teachers – we’re all natural computer scientists, capable of computational thinking. Our brains, like computers, process, debug and make simple algorithms every day!
During this course, we aim to equip them with the fundamental skills of many computer applications (databases and information handling, word-processing, desktop publishing, graphics, multimedia, spreadsheets, computer simulations, and information resources) and to introduce them to programming languages such as ‘Scratch’ and ‘Python’.
Key Stage 4
Learners follow a course leading to Functional Skills Level 1 and Entry Level Award or Certificate qualifications. The course involves evidence produced by the students using software packages on the computer system along with written investigational work.
During the course students will gain knowledge of computing at both the practical and theoretical level with a particular emphasis on the use of computing and ICT in the real world.
The specific areas that are covered in Key Stage 4 are:
- IT user fundamentals
- Improving productivity using IT
- Imaging software
- Database software
- Spreadsheet software
- Using word processing software
- Presentation software
- Online basics
The coursework that the learners have completed is sent to an external moderator for assessment, and upon inspection, grades and qualifications are awarded from the examining governing body.
External Moderators Report 2018
“The work submitted was very well presented. All the candidates had submitted work that was clearly presented and easy to follow. The work was presented in unit order which made the moderation process very easy”.
“The assessment criteria were clearly evidenced on the candidates’ work and this aided the moderation process considerably. All work submitted met the requirements of the unit covered. It was a pleasure to moderate the work from this centre”.
– External Moderator for ICT, WJEC. 2018
Staff training and Continuing Professional Development
The Computing curriculum is an ever changing landscape. New concepts, languages, and processes are being developed and implemented at a rapid pace. It is essential that Teachers are able to deliver high calibre learning experiences, and also have the skills to adapt to this ever changing environment. Therefore opportunities for teachers delivering the Computing curriculum to receive both in-house, and expert training from industry professionals is essential to enable us to continually keep up to date, and teach what is essential for our learners.
Some Useful Websites
Mr Robert Blackmore (Computing Coordinator)