Computing, Computer Science and IT

“Students will develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that will equip them for the rest of their lives. They will learn the art form of ‘Computational Thinking’ in order to provide the essential skills that will enable them to participate effectively and safely in the digital world beyond school.”

The ICT and Computing department have three well equipped ICT suites. There are enough computers in each room to allow every student to access their own learning during the discrete ICT and computing lessons and there is a large emphasis on computing in all lessons with the aim of supporting students in their development.


Year 7, 8 and 9

At KS3 the ICT and Computing department aims to embed skills and knowledge in a wide range of ICT and computing capabilities including digital literacy.
ICT and Computing is fast developing in school and our aim is to offer students the opportunity to be involved in this by experiencing some elements of programming at KS3 so that they have a strong foundation for KS4 if they wish to study it.
We endeavour to make the curriculum as fun and interesting as possible with a high level of challenge. Our aim is to ensure that they develop ICT capability that is directly transferable, not only to other subjects but also to the KS4 curriculum and beyond.

The difference between ICT and Computer Science:


GCSE Years 10 and 11

Curriculum Intent for Computer Science

We study Computer Science to help us think in a more logical way and become better at making decisions and solve problems. We learn about how the different parts of a computer work together and why they work like that. In addition, we use learning and curiosity in programming systems and start to understand how computers communicate via networks. We then look at how important Technology is in today’s society and the impact and issues that can arise from using computer systems and how to improve them.

Implementation of Curriculum

In Computing we implement this through the delivery of a high quality of education which places developing the computing concepts at the forefront of planning. Each scheme of learning is prefaced by its own intent, implementation and impact rationale, underpinned by a deep understanding of the computational concepts. In the schemes of learning assessment is a meaningful vehicle for learning, of learning and as learning to ensure we make a profound positive difference to all students. Various quality assurance activities are undertaken to rigorously ensure that the implementation of the computing curriculum has maximum impact.

Impact of Curriculum

The Computing curriculum at King Richard School will make a profound, positive impact to the outcomes of all student. Students will be equipped with traits that reflect confident learners. We will know that this is true as we are delivering a high standard of education, quality assured through qualitative and quantitate measures such as:

· Attainment and Achievement outcomes

· Observing lessons and scrutinising planning

· Standards of learning in books

· Student voice

· Destination data

· Attendance data

· Behaviour data

Content of Course:

Computer Systems (01) – Introduces students to the parts of a computer and looks at how they work together. Investigations into how computers communicate with each other via networks. What security issues are there surrounding computer systems and technology and what is the impact?

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02) – Logic and problem solving is key to this section. Students look at different problems that can be solved using ‘computational thinking’ and apply this to everyday problems. This will help them with their programming and designing programs.

Programming (03) – Students will learn about programming and different programming techniques.


· Computer systems (01) – 80 marks – 1hour 30 minutes – 50%

· Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02) – 80 marks – 1 hour 30 minutes – 50%

· Programming exam – The content and weighting of this exam is currently under review.

Course overview: Overview of GCSE Computer Science

GCSE Computer Science Personal Learning Checklist

Course link: OCR Level 1 / 2 GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science

Computer science GCSE Level Key Terminology

Useful Computer science Websites

Computer science Calendar

Reading List Budding Computer Scientists