Computing & Business Studies
KS3 Computer Science
The Dean Trust Computing Programme of Education builds on the National Curriculum. At The Dean Trust, we believe that learning the 3 pillars (Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy) within Computing education provides a valuable social, cultural and educational experience for all pupils. At the Dean Trust these pillars are further broken down into 5 key pillars: Programming, Computational Thinking, Computer Systems, Digital Artefacts and Digital Literacy to allow for maximised application of knowledge and skill. Pupils explore a variety of engaging themes whilst developing competencies in all 5 pillars which lead to a comprehensive learning for Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital literacy to best prepare them for a digital world. Pupils are encouraged to express their ideas and thoughts through the creation of computer programs and digital artefacts to understand and respond to a given brief which simulates our everyday digital world.
A strong Computer Science core underpins the Computing Curriculum, allowing pupils to understand and build on computing skills and knowledge throughout their journeys across the Key Stages. To foster a pupils’ love for learning, the Computing curriculum allows them to experience different cultures and develop an appreciation for technology. The curriculum is designed to teach acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
KS4 Computer Science
Broadoak school provide a broad range of skills and experiences at KS4 which extended pupils the skills acquired KS3. At KS4 students all students are given the opportunity to study Creative Imedia giving them a wide range of IT skills that are used in the modern world including Graphics Design and Media Production where pupils will understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and wider society. Pupils can also choose Computer Science at GCSE where they will go on to develop key problem-solving skills useful in a range of disciplines as well as the coding and software development skills that will give them an opportunity to work or for further study in the developing area seen to be key in the modern world.